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Porc-oh,oh-pine troubles!!!

Rick C
September 2nd, 2007, 09:00 PM
High drama at 6:30 this morning as Abby & Keeper found a porcupine in the yard . . . . that led to more adventure than we needed.

We are currently, by the way, on our third encounter of the day with said porcupine, currently lounging just outside out fence as though daring the Dynamic Duo to approach again.

The offending varmint:

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Abby was hit pretty good, quills covering her muzzle and deeply embedded under her armpit and into her chest.

Carol removed them from the top of her muzzle and goes after some on Abby's chest with the pliers:

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Fogging up the door window, wanting to go outside for another round:

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Eventually, given all the screaming and squirming, we took her into the emergency vet in Calgary where the job was finished.

But . . . . . after I had toured around the yard and not seeing the varmint, we assumed it had left. Wrong!! They found it AGAIN, tucked in some tall grass in a corner of our fence. Great!! No damage this time as both mutts were cautious. We left the gate open and later found the varmint to be gone.

BUT . . . . . we just discovered it again tonight, just OUTSIDE the fence in the same corner. Apparently it's returned. It will probably move off in the night but geez . . . .

Anyhoo, after we got back from the vet this a.m., we went for a little walk in the mountains to kill some time while the porcupine made its escape out of the yard. . . . .

Below, Up we go, up one of our favourite, desolate, wind-blown slopes.

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But not as far as this crazy guy and his dog. The path along this slope was likely wiped out by an avalanche in the spring, so he and the mutt are cutting across a scree slope which could cause him to slide several hundred feet.

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On the way down, early Fall colours already evident for Keeper after several killing frosts in late August:

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Other stuff in the last few weeks. Keeper can't make up her mind whether or not to go over or under . . . . eventually deciding to leap the log:

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Below, an sun-dappled oasis in the forest for Keeper and Abby:

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Below, Golden bums disappear into the forest:

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Below, Keeper enjoys her freedom on a nice walk on the prairie, eastern shore of Chain Lakes, south of Longview, Alberta

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

hazelrunpack
September 2nd, 2007, 09:08 PM
Aw, poor Abby! :grouphug:

We have porcupines around here, too. Usually they have the good discretion to stay away from the fence, but not always. :frustrated: So far, all encounters have been anticlimactic! :fingerscr

Beautiful pix, Rick--even the one of Mr Porky, himself (Ms? herself? how would one tell? :D)

Extra special hugs and kissies for Abby tonight! :dog:

clm
September 2nd, 2007, 09:13 PM
Poor puppy, don't have to worry about porcupines here fortunatley. Great pics as usual.

Cindy

mummummum
September 2nd, 2007, 09:45 PM
Hugs and very, very gentle kisses Abby :pawprint: :grouphug:

The shot of the mud bog reminds me of my gang this weekend! You'd think they were hogs by the way my troops were wallowing ~ I see yours like the spa treatment too !

Lukka'sma
September 2nd, 2007, 10:40 PM
Poor Abby, that must be so painful:sad: So glad none of your cats had an encounter with the nasty beasty.
I love the picture "early Fall colours already evident for Keeper" I think this is one of my favorites of all that I have seen you post to date. (Other than Italy pics)

growler~GateKeeper
September 2nd, 2007, 10:48 PM
awww :sad: poor Abby that musta been awfully painful both getting poked & pulled out :eek: Are porcupines very common in AB?

:grouphug: for Abby, good thing everyone didn't get poked

Dracko
September 3rd, 2007, 12:20 AM
When you take a dog to the vets to have the quills removed do they sedate the dog? Just wondering.

JanM
September 3rd, 2007, 01:03 AM
Ouchie! Poor girl... beautiful pix again.. Those are two lucky pups to live with you!

Frenchy
September 3rd, 2007, 08:54 AM
That porcupine looks big !!! Poor Abby :sad: Nothing like a mud bath to relax after all this excitment !

Crestedcrazy
September 3rd, 2007, 02:01 PM
Poor Abby hope the lesson was learned and now stays a good distance from that nasty porcupine:fingerscr

Gorgeous Pics I just love all the scenery shots such a beautiful place for the dogs to run and play!

K9Friend
September 3rd, 2007, 04:02 PM
When you take a dog to the vets to have the quills removed do they sedate the dog? Just wondering.


My previous GSD had a run in with a porcupine and had to get sedated..just enough to put her under a bit and the work was done in no time!

chico2
September 3rd, 2007, 04:11 PM
Rick,poor Abby,don't know if I should laugh or cry,it looks like she was at an acupunctureist:dog: hope she's ok,no lasting damage:pray:
Porcupines is one thing I have not seen here,but we have a lot of other little critters..

Byrd
September 3rd, 2007, 04:15 PM
Poor girl, but even though she's full of quills she's still smiling.

Freyja
September 3rd, 2007, 06:40 PM
Seems to be a porcupine weekend. My pup got it today at Nose Hill. We went to the vets straight away as they were in her mouth. I didn't take any pics but they figured she had about 60 of them.

They did sedate her and it took over an hour to remove them.

She is NOT ready for another walk at the moment.

Good luck with Abby:pawprint:

marko
September 3rd, 2007, 06:51 PM
Some serious drama...but as always you get good stories (for you anyway) and great photographs. That shot with Abby's reflection is amazing. (Sorry Abby)

CyberKitten
September 3rd, 2007, 07:40 PM
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! So sorry Abby had to go through that!!! They sure were interested in the porcupine !! The pix wre beautiful as always!

rainbow
September 4th, 2007, 12:43 AM
Seems to be a porcupine weekend. My pup got it today at Nose Hill. We went to the vets straight away as they were in her mouth. I didn't take any pics but they figured she had about 60 of them.

They did sedate her and it took over an hour to remove them.


That happened to one of my previous dogs too. He still didn't learn as it happened again although not quite as bad. :rolleyes:

Hugs for Abby. :grouphug:

TeriM
September 4th, 2007, 01:51 AM
:eek: Poor Abby :sad: . I can't believe that she still looked so happy, what a special girl :lovestruck: .

Cool shot of the porcupine and I love that fall colours shot :cloud9: .

Rick C
September 4th, 2007, 08:11 AM
When you take a dog to the vets to have the quills removed do they sedate the dog? Just wondering.

No sedation in this case . . . . we took a bunch of them out at home though.

The docs say they get a lot of these cases in our area, as Freyja can attest.

This is the second time Abby has been porcupined. The first time occurred when she was less than a year old and discovered a porcupine HIDE in the pasturelands and decided to roll in it. That was only the second most interesting discovery after the nicely presevered ear Keeper found one time.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Dog Dancer
September 4th, 2007, 03:17 PM
Good mommy (Mrs. C) helping sweet Abby. Hope she's all better now. Great pics as always. I'm glad I only have to worry about skunks and racoons here.

growler~GateKeeper
September 4th, 2007, 11:28 PM
That was only the second most interesting discovery after the nicely presevered ear Keeper found one time.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

:eek: :eek: ear??!!?? :eek: :eek: do tell, do tell