She had the thickest porcupine quills ever right near her eye. How these things have gotten so close, but missed their eyes after all these years of porcupine incidents is nothing short of amazing!
Lucy, after the first attempt at de-quilling. She is in pain, bloody, but still happy! (or oblivious)
So, off we went, the six of us in the truck headed to town. I can only imagine what the oncoming vehicles thought as they saw the dogs quill-heads sticking out the windows.
George, on the other hand is NOT a happy camper. She got the worst of it - couldn't close her mouth or swallow, she was drooling everywhere. Some would say "poor thing...", I say "suck it up!" If only they would learn from their mistakes, but nooooooo.
Jack & Harris
Quite possibly the HAPPIEST dogs ever with quills in their faces and mouths. Although it's a close one with Lucy. They have an excuse to be so happy, they *think* they're going on a road trip. After attempting to pull quills on Lucy (got most of them by myself) and Gracie, I quickly realized I needed to rally the troops! You know you have GREAT friends when you can descend on them unannounced with a truck full of quill-infested dogs and get help! (and beer!)
Not only that, they (Steph, Heather and Dave) came to rescue an escapee while I was away on vacation. The cavalry arrived within an hour after my request from 8000km away! They rounded up a skittish Ivy in record time!! What would we do without awesome friends like that?!?! HUGE thanks to you guys! You can collect your Newfoundland Screech anytime... :)
Why you need really good, springy small pliers for pulling quills. The big ol' fat pliers give you blisters! Ooh, my dogs never better say I don't suffer for them.
Everyone is all de-quilled now and the dogs are on LOCKDOWN! That means no frolicking in the woods... until snow hits the ground! Or until I fortify the property with concrete walls.
Meanwhile, just when you think things have settled down and your problems are over:
Ripper decided it would be fun to chew on a package of bullets! This is quite possibly the stupidest item he has ever chewed on.
But, then I guess that's what I get for leaving my bullets on the porch!!!