10 May 2008
Why does this look so appealing to dogs?!? I can still remember my first experience with dogs and porcupines. We lived in remote Texas Creek Colorado when our Malamute Moose and Rottweiler puppy caught one. I honestly don't know who was more distraught; me or the puppy. Honestly, I was until he saw my reaction then he freaked out and Art told me I had to leave... We ended up taking Moose to the vet to be put to sleep to get the quills out of his tongue. YOW!
Polaris is not much better. I think this is the third time he has gotten a mouth full of quill after pursuing a porcupine. You think he would remember the consequences. He certainly remembers the leatherman coming to remove them!
We do have a system at least. I lay on Polar, which used to be much more effective when I weighed almost 40 pounds more, and cover his eyes while Polar guesses at when Art is going to rip one out and thrashes about crying like a baby. This time Polar was throwing me around pretty good- man is he strong! so I was laying on Polar and Art was laying on both of us, I was covering his eyes, he was crying at the top of his lungs, and Art was plucking as fast as he could... What the neighbors must have thought! There were only about ten quills this time so not too bad.
We finished plucking and gave him a little bowl of Bailey's to calm his nerves. He spent a good fifteen minutes in the stream afterward. Not sure if he was hiding, thirsty, or the cold water felt good on his swollen jowels. Silly Dog!
Posted by Shannon at 5:29 PM