Maggie Discovers Porcupines

She was crashed on the front porch dog bed this morning. Unusual, but I didn't think much about it as I set out to do the goose & chicken chores. A few minutes later she ambled gently out into the yard, where I then saw three porcupine quills sticking quite prominently out of her nose. Ahhh... so THAT'S what all the excited barking was about last night!

Put Maggie into a headlock, and yanked out the quills one by one. She was growling by the second quill. By the third quill, she was ready to take off. I let her go, whereupon she immediately attacked Bandit who was lolling innocently nearby. Perhaps she was blaming Bandit for last night's adventures?

[Pic: Maggie sniffing a chicken butt, probably much like she did with the porcupine last night, but with less trauma.]


  1. That happened way too often when I was a kid...you'd think the dogs would figure it out...nope

  2. http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/2009/06/10/bert-goes-to-the-emergency-room/

    pic isn't showing up in the post but you can click the box and it goes to original on Flickr

    My guys have never encountered porcupines but Grommit absolutely cannot resist skunks even though he was gassed so bad one time he almost scraped his face off rolling in the dirt trying to get the stuff out of his eyes.

    I keep tomato and orange juice in bulk for skunk encounters. They always seem to happen at 3 a.m.


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