Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The bad girl's guide to foraging

Hi. Emily Dickins here. It's fall. That means things fall from the trees. When I investigate and eat those things, Mom yells. The first things I found were berries, or maybe they're plums growing on the neighbor's trees that overhang our fence. Birds ate them. When Mom saw me eating them, she gave a bunch to the chickens to see if the chickens would get sick or die. She said that if the chickens died, she'd lock me indoors until all the berries were gone. Is that dumb or what?
This is what they look like:
She squished one to see the inside. Disgusting. Nobody eats that way.
The chickens were not totally thrilled with the berries, but they ate and did not get sick. Every time I went outside, I searched along the fence for fallen berries until EVIL MOM cut down just about every overhanging branch with berries on it. Good thing the neighbors can't see that side.

Still feeling peckish, I found something else to chew on after yesterday's windstorm. Now Evil Mom is even more upset. These green berries fell off a type of redwood tree, and she tried to pick them all up but no way is she going to be able to keep up with all the falling berries in the next couple of months. They don't taste great, but I like chewing on anything--indoor and outdoor wood, shoes, Miro's collar, Miro's tail, hair....
This is the tree. That's the pooper-scooper leaning up against it. Does Mom know how to take a photo or what?

And these are the chewies that fall from it. I hope somebody knows if they're really bad. Otherwise Mom might tear out all her hair and there'll be none left for me to chew on.
Forty-two pounds of bad.


  1. We have no idea if those are okay to eat or not, Emily. But Mom only worries because she loves you so much.

  2. Those look like green cones to me, butts I don't know if they are safe to chew or not Emily! I would say no, just cause they probably will make you puke. No one wants that! BOL I don't knows if they are dangerous or not, sorry...I usually only eat good tastin' leaves, and my Ma gets mad at me too! pffffft! These Moms are just no fun!!
    Those berries look tasty though! Yummers!! If they are plums, they probably will do the same thing to you as they do to the peeps..give them the trots if they eat too many!! hehehe Best to stay away from too many of those too!
    Might I suggest a nice tree rat? Those are nice to eat, and the peeps won't come NEAR you with that in your mouth! BOL!!!!! HEHEHEHE
    Anyhu, best leave the foliage alone and concentrate on gettin' one of those squirrels!
    Ruby ♥

  3. Emily-
    You are just like my Airedale sister, Stanzie. She eats all those wild things too. We call her Coyote girl.
    She likes all those little berries like Laurel (your picture), Salal, Oregon Grape and Indian Plum. No worries, they may taste sour, but they are edible.
    The other green things you have been munching are little conifer cones......silly dog. You are not a squirrel!
    Your Pal,

    1. I had guessed laurel but didn't know they produced berries. And conifer cones, of course! Many thanks from the not-so-bright mom to the very-smart boy, Wyatt (and his people).

  4. The berries sure do look yummy to us too, Emily. And even better - Wyatt's mom is giving them the stamp of her approval. whoooooohoooooooo
    Better not over do it. You don't want a tummyache!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  5. I can't tell you if they are bad or not, but they do look yummy!

    Hooman did laugh at the pooper scooper photo :-)