Just when I thought the dogs were all nice and safe with all this fencing, a porcupine has the NERVE to come withint 50 feet of the yard. What is it thinking?!?! That those fuzzy little black monkeys might just want to be it's friend? No way. They wanted some porcupine for dinner. Funny how this exact group (Gracie, George, Lucy, Kuna, Harris and Jack) were the willfull participants in the "Porcupine Fiasco of 2003" - when FOUR of them attacked a porcupine and got the worst case of quill-face I've ever seen. Gracie, Kuna and Lucy all had to go into the vets to be put under the next day.
But does that stop them from continuing to attack the prickly creatures?! Nooooo...
Earlier tonight as I was inside, I heard a horrible SCREECHING outside. That's never a good sign with my pack, and this time I thought a dog was getting attacked. I looked out the front door (ok, the only door) and saw 5 little monkeys (Kuna was left behind, probably because he couldn't fit under the fence, or he was simply too lazy) on the OUTSIDE of the fence bouncing and boinging around at the bottom of a tree. I figured it was a porcupine, since they seem to be around here more and more lately.
I had to run over to them to break the "must-kill-porcupine" spell and get them to follow me back through the gate. As Lucy came towards me, I knew immediately what was up that tree! Her nose had about 30 quills in it. Thank goodness no one else got a taste of it, as much as they wanted it.
I threw everyone in the cabin but Lucy and went to work on her poor little bleeding nose. I couldn't find pliers (I blame the move on my lack of organization) so I had to use tweezers, which actually worked ok. After the first 5-6 pulls, Lucy was not willing to work with me, so I had to sit on her wrestler style and pin her down (as my brother used to do to me when we were young, except he would then threaten to spit in my face...brothers!). I plucked quills till Lucy became a wriggly maniac and then we'd have to take a break. Then we'd do it all over again. I later found that covering up her eyes really helped. It was when she saw the tweezers come close when she went into a fit, so this was a surprise quill plucking! The quill removal was successful and now the dogs are only allowed out one at a time!
On another note - I'm crazy-busy with the move. I'll update with property news and NEW dog pen pictures tomorrow. These are going to be the best dog pens we've EVER had!