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So, Pickle and TwoSpot went off for a little unescorted walk after dinner. About 9 pm I heard the familiar clicking of toenails on the front deck and went to check, that's when I discovered 2sp with a face full of quills. I sort of panicked, but pulled myself together with Lenore's help, put a collar over his head, called the vet, and loaded up for the 20 minute drive to town. Pickle had just a few quills which were easily removed, he'd been here before and apparently (almost unbelievable to me) he learned from the prior experience.

There were two emergencies at the clinic in front of me, each more serious than this. TwoSpot pretty much relaxed as best he could, certainly in pain, but not much he could do at the moment. This photo was taken before he was administered any kind of anesthetic. I hung out with him and worked on pulling the quills that were easier to access and not as painful to remove. He also had quills in his feet, his belly, chest and elsewhere. A bit later he was given the anesthetic and by 10:30 he was out cold and we began pulling. The second shot shows the inside of his mouth full of quills, I guess there were a couple of hundred of them. He also had several deep inside his nostrils.

The resiliency, tenacity, overall toughness and outright stupidity of the Alaska Husky never ceases to amaze me. Today he's on meds, eating with vigor and drinking normally, but I'm sure he's hurting. Many quills broke off in the removal process, especially around his lower lip, and those that were lodged in his gums between his teeth. So I'll be pulling the random quill over the next weeks and even months -- I've been here before.

I'm suspecting the porcupine survived, their defense mechanism is nothing short of amazing.

Tags:   Fairbanks Alaska sled dog Alaska Husky TwoSpot porcupine attack After Hours Veterinary Emergency Clinic quill removal Being There

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Tags:   Fairbanks Alaska sled dog Alaska Husky TwoSpot porcupine attack After Hours Veterinary Emergency Clinic quill removal Being There

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TwoSpot.

Tags:   Fairbanks Alaska sled dog Alaska Husky TwoSpot porcupine attack After Hours Veterinary Emergency Clinic quill removal Being There

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Seventeen hours after quill removal.
This morning he's acting pretty normal. Jumped in bed at his normal time and laid on my chest. I pulled two quills, one above and one below his left eye. Those are a little scary, but they were easily pulled. He's scabbed up pretty good around his nose (his nose really got hit) and it's tricky to know at first what is scab and what is an emerging migrant quill. Amazingly the inside of his mouth doesn't appear to be bothering him, and he's actively using his tongue to clean up his paw wounds. Silly boy.

Thanks for all your interest, comments, concerns and well-wishes.

Thanks Belinda for the Whitman Poem:

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and
self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of
owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of
years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth

- Walt Whitman

Tags:   Fairbanks Alaska sled dog Alaska Husky TwoSpot Being There porcupine attack

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