Thursday, April 12, 2012

Quilled and we aren't talking crafts

For the second time this week, Archie and Winston, our Great Pyrenees Guard Dogs have been tangling with a porcupine sometime during the depth of night. 

Today's quilling wasn't as bad as the first. We used some needle nosed pliers and gently yanked on them. Poor guys - must not have been much fun. Good thing they have a pretty gentle temperament.

You would think they would learn, wouldn't you? Things that waddle in the dark in their territory are pretty irresistible though.


Ruby said...

While it is a waddling critter, it is not one that those GUARD dogs want bothering their family, your sheep. So I think they are doing their job and making those pokey porkies move right away. Those pokey porkies will learn to stay out of Archie and Winston territory.

I love your blogs. I look for them every day. I love reading and staying in tune with your farm, family and your love of yarny and fibery goodness.


Caffeine Girl said...

Poor baby!

knitting08816 said...

Poor boys! Do they need goggles to protect there eyes?

MicheleinMaine said...

Poor pups! Sadly, I don't think dogs have any memory at all for these porcupine encounters. Our dogs never learned.

They are getting so handsome!

Auntie Shan said...
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Auntie Shan said...

ouch! -- Hope the imbed sites don't get infected...

So. If you turn a porcupine inside-out, does that make it a Pin-cushion..? [bad needle-humour]

you know, it could have been worse... If it'd been skunk, you would have had to Tomato-Juice Them and then A&W might've ended up PINK! ;-D

My...They've GROWN!

Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

I had 2 dogs for 13 years together. One was really bright when it came to wildlife...would meet a porcupine face to face and run back to me. The other one would dive right into the push, you could here her running around and barking up trouble before running back with her face to the ground. The last time was so bad, she obviously tried to bite the porcupine and had a mouthful of quills right at the back of her tongue. Vet had to put her under in order to get them all.
We also had a horse that got to curious when a porcupine tried going through the pasture...ended up with a noseful.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about the quills in your boys.

Boulder, our Great Pyrenees, was also a slow learner. But, his issues were skunks, which he just couldn't leave alone. His record was 5 sprayings in a 2-week period.

And, of course, always in the middle of the night - out came the perioxide, baking soda, dash of dish soap, and warm water. It did work on the smell, but not on his memory:) Susan (Marsha's sister)