Sunday, 18 December 2011
The Porcupine Incident - Bet
Howdy Ho everybody, your Roving Border Collie, Bet, here!
I was going to do a wrap up of the week (or so) of the Interwebs, but the Musher asked that I tell everyone about the icky porcupine incident.
For those of you that don't know, this is what a porcupine looks like:
They are NASTY rodents that have sharp quills that they shoot like spears at their enemies... ok, they don't actually shoot their quills, but it seems like they do. Their scientific name is: MajorusStickyOuchHurtsGoodEating.
Anyhoo, the other day while the Musher and Corrine (Musher niece) was out with the Pretty Curly Tails, they were about 8 miles away from home, minding their own business, and an evil ninja porcupine leaped out of nowhere and attacked the Pretty Curly Tails!!!
Ok, actually the Pretty Curly Tails spotted the porcupine at the same time as Musher and Corrine, but by then it was too late. The Musher tried to stop the sled, but there was ice on the road, the Pretty Curly Tails REALLY wanted to chase the evil rodent, the evil rodent was trying to get to its den, chaos ensued and bad mojo happened.
Boo and Rocket (in the lead) tried pulling the thing from its den and got quilled in the mouth and muzzle. Rocket looks like she tried to jump on it because she got quills in her mouth, muzzle, chest and leg... here is a picture of her harness after the fact:
I mean LOOK AT THAT! Those razor sharp quill things just went right through her harness!!!
Corrine did a GREAT job helping the Musher during the whole melee. Not only was she able to stay calm during total chaos, but followed the Musher's instructions and was instrumental in keeping the total damage down to a minimum of a few dogs. Only Boo, Rocket, Jinx, and Kelly got a piece of the action and quilled in the process.
The Musher called Musher Mark and Sarah handler, who swooped in with the truck and betwen them all, were able to pull the quills out of everyone, and the majority out of Rocket, but it was quite clear that Rocket would need to go see Dr. Jackson.
Dr. Jackson had to knock Rocket out, shave her right should and pulled 15 more deeply imbedded quills out of her shoulder, more from her mouth and muzzle. Dr. Jackson had to cut into the shoulder muscle to get out some of the quills.
Here is poor Rocket after the procedure
The pesky quills don't show up on X-rays, so there's a chance there are more in little dancing Rocket. The EVIL thing about quills is that they can migrate through a body and come out who knows where! That means we have to keep Rocket in the house, quiet, under supervision and our eye on her to make sure the EVIL quills don't migrate to very important places... this really sucks peoples!
So, we have another guest in the house... sigh
Although I totally understand that we have to make sure Rocket heals and all, its still a bit upsetting for the household. She actually slept in the bedroom with us last night... MY bedroom! There's a perfectly good closet in the back room, but who slept in there last night??? ME! Ok, I could have slept in the bedroom, but this whole change thing is disturbing.
To make matters worse, Rocket doesn't like cats, which means that Tic and Bait are hiding outside the house somewhere... actually they aren't hiding, they're hanging off the window screens peering in because they're cold and inconvenienced.
The porcupine is apparently dead or packed its bags and left, as well as it should be for putting me through this!
The Musher is pretty upset about the whole thing and wants to make sure it never happens again, but I think she's taking things a bit too far. The Pretty Curly Tails are having a difficult time training in their new porcupine proof equipment.