I love porcupines. I think they are adorable. From their pokey walk,( no pun intended though it is a good one ) to their cute faces, to well, I just like ’em! They make me happy to watch. I do know the other side of them though. You know, the prickly side. The side that gets curious calves in trouble, which is why ranchers don’t like them the way I do. It’s also the side that gets pushy, nosey, bossy dogs in trouble.
When we came home from our monthly grocery shopping trip the other day, two of the dogs had figured out why they should leave the prickly critters alone. Not only did they have the quills in their noses, but apparently they had tried to bite it and they subsequently had quills inside their mouths too. Not fun!! I sat on them to hold them, while Jason used the pliers to pull the quills out. It took awhile.
And yes, even though I feel kinda bad for the dogs, I still love porcupines. Just not enough to get as close as they did!
*** Since this post came out a friend of mine told me that if you cut the quills with scissors first they come out easier. I guess it breaks the vacuum and thus they are easier to remove! Great to know!!***
Love from here,