Thursday, May 6, 2010

Freya the Hunter

I find it kind of amusing that the herding dog does more hunting than the hunting dog. But I think the truth is, she is a lot more aware of her surroundings than Cloud seems to be. Cloud can be obsessed with something sure, but he doesn't see until his nose seems to notice it first. Freya, on the other hand, actually watches her surroundings. She sees things long before Cloud notices them.

So this evening, I noticed Freya was dancing. I always fear that she is taunting a snake, this time it was a bird. This is the third time she has been found with a bird. I'm seriously beginning to think that she is actually hunting them for some reason. I got the fearsome boyfriend to take care of the bird (it wasn't fully dead when I got to it and not where he could survive with help :( ) and that was when I noticed all these little raspberries growing in my backyard.

I spent the last two hours of daylight this evening armed with a shovel and one leather glove (lost the other one) and began digging and pulling out the roots as much as I could. I honestly didn't want to relive last October again. I for see myself spending several nights pulling out those darn vines, which means I need to get some gardening gloves.

Also I found, what appeared to be poison ivy/oak/sumac or whatever it is that is growing out of a tree in the backyard. The boyfriend got some gloves and pulled it out, which was easy being that it was so young of a vine.

Wish me luck on my endeavor! Oh, should I be worried about diseases Freya may get from birds?


  1. My mom always said that birds carry diseases but i don't know! Maybe call your vet and just ask?

    Yay for nixing that in the bud lol

  2. Some birds can carry diseases, but it's good to check with the vet just to set your mind at ease.

    If you want to keep most of the birds our of your yard, go to the hardware store and buy a big plastic Horned Owl. Get the kind that has kind of a bobble head. Place it in a very visible place in your yard where Freya can't get it. You have to move it around every few days so the other birds don't figure out it's fake. We have one to keep the birds out of our yard.

    Stella, Gunther and Betty

  3. 當我微笑時,世界和我一起微笑;當我快樂時,世界和我一起活躍。 ..................................................

  4. First, do you know about Google Translate ( If you get a comment in another language (The last one was Chinese) you just copy and paste it into the translator and it will translate it for you. The one above says: When I smile, the world smiles with me; when I was happy, active in the world with me.

    Some of them, though, at least on my blogs, have been pornographic, so I always translate so that I can see if I need to delete it or not. I like making new friends, but I always want to check to see which ones are friends and which are spammers. I like having this tool to use to check the differences.

    As for Freya, I agree with checking with a vet in your area to see if there are any diseases that are transferable between birds and dogs. Around here, West Nile is, but dogs don't really get sick, themselves, from it. OC's Mom, Mist used to catch birds all the time, and Sadie still does and usually eats them. Sometimes, the pups get what she leaves... yay :( Grammy from Corgi Country