Meet our new puppy pal, Birdie, a Danish-Swedish Farmdog! Did you see my post with Birdie yesterday? I figured no one would guess the breed. I think she is more rare than a GBGV! Her breed is in the FSS with the AKC, where the GBGV was until January 2018. It takes a lot of work and many, many years to become a full AKC breed. The Danish-Swedish Farmdog breed was first recognized in 1987 in Denmark and Sweden, and the first one came to the US in 1998.
Birdie belongs for a nose work friend of ours. She is about three months younger than Olivia, but a lot smaller. Even when she is full size, she will still be smaller than me! I am thrilled to find a friend that won’t outgrow me for a change! It sounds like she will be about twenty pounds max, which is a lot less than my thirty pounds. One thing is for sure, she can really run, jump, and fly around her yard.
Since we were only a few miles from her house on Sunday with Olivia’s tracking test, Mom made a play date. Birdie has a nice fenced yard, and it was a perfect fall day to be outside playing. I was the odd hound out being three years old with three and six month old puppies! Olivia, despite being a puppy herself, was very gentle and careful with Birdie. The two of them really had their wild pants on, though. It was like a race track in the yard!
Many of you guessed terrier or Jack Russell for Birdie’s breed but that is not correct. The Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are most likely descendants of Pinscher Fox Terrier crosses, and the AKC has them in the Working Group. Her ears are usually flopped over, but in many of the photos one or both are up because of racing and playing. The two puppies went non-stop forever. It’s no wonder Olivia slept most of the rest of the day!
Now and then, there would be a break in the action. Birdie also enjoys sniffing, so we did a few group sniffs here and there. Her yard has lots of great critter smells that I spent a lot of time sniffing around on. We were all friends right off the bat, and there was absolutely no trouble getting along with each other.
The Danish-Swedish Farmdog may be small, but she is tough as nails. There is no fear in that little one. She enjoyed trying to tackle Olivia who is like four times her size!
All the racing around tends to lead to a break in the action for some rest and battery recharging. Birdie was gracious enough to show off her firepit. It has lots of nice sticks in it for dogs to munch on. We don’t have a firepit, which made it interesting for us.
After a short break, the race was on again. Olivia is such a clumsy puppy much of the time. Who knows what she was trying to do in this maneuver? She looks like a furry giant of some sort!
It was only in the low sixties out, but all the running around made everyone thirsty. Birdie had her human provide some water for us all. We shared the lovely bucket of fresh water in the shade to cool off, and quench our thirst.
In time, puppy energy levels started to tank, which led to more wrestling, and less running. Wrestling is always a more relaxing activity.
What was I up to? I was enjoying myself sniffing around the yard, occasionally joining in a game of chase, and I made myself the “Keeper of the Snowball.” Since I enjoy training puppies, I had fun keeping the ball away from the young ones when they wanted it.
The young wild ones were getting pretty tired, but they still couldn’t give up on racing around. They were having such a great afternoon together!
We spent over two hours visiting our new Danish-Swedish Farmdog friend – time just flew by. It was so much fun, and Birdie loved having some playmates around on such a nice day. She has a brother, but he is pretty old, and doesn’t play with her. I’m sure we will play again in the future. Thank you Birdie for a really fun time!
Because we are thankful for a fun new friend, we are joining the Brian’s Home Blog Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!