A Painful Memory

From an old friend:

Five years ago, on my second date with Anne, her dog Hobie (now 12) attacked a porcupine at our cottage. We had had 1.5 bottles of wine and it was 1 am on a Sunday so I said ‘we can sit on him and pull them out’. Then he opened his mouth and thought, “um no”.

I called the emergency vet in Clintonville and we drove in – Hobie let me carry him inside, fully alert. After anesthesia it took doc 1.5 hours to get all the quills out. He said he’d seen worse, with pit bulls, but not many. Happy anniversary Hobie~
(he was fine the next morning, and has trusted me ever since)




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  • March 6, 2012 7:57 amPosted 2 years ago
    The OP Pack

    OMD, I hope never to have to see that with any of my dogs. That must be so very painful.

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  • March 6, 2012 8:16 amPosted 2 years ago
    Gwen

    glad hes ok now xxx

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    March 6, 2012 8:16 amPosted 2 years ago
    Amanda

    Oh Jesus owwww.

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    March 6, 2012 8:17 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dawn

    Holy crap!!!! Pick your battles!!!! I’m hoping a lesson was learned lol

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    March 6, 2012 8:18 amPosted 2 years ago
    Susie

    poor baby

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    March 6, 2012 8:18 amPosted 2 years ago
    Susie

    i bet he still runs after them.

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    March 6, 2012 8:19 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dawn

    Yup, that’s a bad one, but I’ve seen worse in my years as a vet tech. Ouch!

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    March 6, 2012 8:19 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sabine

    Oh my god….

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  • March 6, 2012 8:19 amPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    Poor baby!

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    March 6, 2012 8:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Lori

    Ouch. I didn’t think there was anything worse than when two of our dogs got skunked, one right in the mouth and nose so for months after when the sun would warm the top of his head you could still smell skunk. But this trumps that for sure. Ouch again!

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    March 6, 2012 8:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Laurie

    Billings Animal Rescue Kare rescued a dog (Grace) that had been attacked my a porcupine and not treated :( Months later, the quills continue to come out. She was actually just adopted :)

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    March 6, 2012 8:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jennie

    Oh geez. My dog tried to wiggle through barbed wire and got one of those diamond shaped razor sharp thingies stuck in his ear, next to his head, leaving no room for movement. It took me maybe five minutes, which seemed like an hour, to slowly and carefully get him free. It was in high weeds and he was facing away from me, I couldn’t see anything. He was left with a small hole in his ear, antibiotics for ten days, and just me filled with guilt for letting him get anywhere near there.

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    March 6, 2012 8:20 amPosted 2 years ago
    Caitlin

    O_o omg the poor baby

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    March 6, 2012 8:21 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tanya

    I dont know if i should laugh or not…poor baby. Hahahaha.

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  • March 6, 2012 8:21 amPosted 2 years ago
    Shannon

    Glad he was ultimately ok.

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    March 6, 2012 8:22 amPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    OUCH..Poor baby

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    March 6, 2012 8:24 amPosted 2 years ago
    Adeshola

    glady hes fine i would av been in tears

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  • March 6, 2012 8:25 amPosted 2 years ago
    Stacey

    Yowzers!!!! I would’ve risked the DUI for my dogs too!!!! Poor thing!!!

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    March 6, 2012 8:26 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jamie

    My sister’s dog back when he was under a year old and we were living out in the country on 10 acres (over 10 yrs ago), wouldn’t learn to leave the porcupines alone. He went after them at least 3 times and each time the quills got worse. Our parent’s couldn’t afford to take the dog to the vet, so we opted to remove the quills ourselves. Not an easy job, but it was never as bad as the picture above.

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  • March 6, 2012 8:28 amPosted 2 years ago
    Kelli

    I think that’s definitely a painful memory for both you,Anne and Hobie – and sometimes helping an animal in need makes a friend for life – hard way to get that though for Hobie

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    March 6, 2012 8:28 amPosted 2 years ago
    Wendy

    Yikes! Poor fella!

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    March 6, 2012 8:30 amPosted 2 years ago
    Lynnz

    I also hope the porcupine was OK too…I really hate when my girl goes after cats…When will the cats learn Pittbull that hates cats lives here

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    March 6, 2012 8:31 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jamie

    The only thing that stopped it was tethering the dog, and eventually moving into town. Thankfully my dog got it once and learned to stay away, even though she would still bark at them at a distance. removed her quills ourselves too.

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    March 6, 2012 8:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    Oucheewaawaa!

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  • March 6, 2012 8:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Tess

    Poor Hobie.

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  • March 6, 2012 8:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Britta

    OMG :-( ((

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    March 6, 2012 8:35 amPosted 2 years ago
    Dan

    Poor boy! My lab was attacked by a skunk once and it gave him a couple good laserations across the face before he killed it.

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  • March 6, 2012 8:37 amPosted 2 years ago
    Helen

    Oh that’s so got to hurt…he’s lucky none of them pierced his eye….bless him. Glad Hobie got over that prickly experience……

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    March 6, 2012 8:38 amPosted 2 years ago
    Heidi

    OWEEEEE!!!!

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  • March 6, 2012 8:38 amPosted 2 years ago
    Carolyn

    Holy shit!

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  • March 6, 2012 8:38 amPosted 2 years ago
    Rebecca

    OUCH!!! Poor boy!! :(

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  • March 6, 2012 8:39 amPosted 2 years ago
    Rebecca

    Wow.

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    March 6, 2012 8:39 amPosted 2 years ago
    Maria

    What an ouch of an injury.

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    March 6, 2012 8:40 amPosted 2 years ago
    Elysa

    Poor Hobie!

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  • March 6, 2012 8:42 amPosted 2 years ago
    Liz

    Oh poor baby !!

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    March 6, 2012 8:43 amPosted 2 years ago
    Diane

    Poor Hobie, good he’s okay now and advoiding porcupines.

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    March 6, 2012 8:43 amPosted 2 years ago
    Kathy

    ouchie that hurts

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    March 6, 2012 8:43 amPosted 2 years ago
    Carrie

    Ouch! Glad he’s ok!

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    March 6, 2012 8:44 amPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    Sometimes I wonder …..should I have stayed in Colorado ? Then I think no…. I love England and we don’t have anything that do this ; ) lucky dog to have such loving owners

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    March 6, 2012 8:46 amPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    Ps that was one heck of a first date ….

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    March 6, 2012 8:46 amPosted 2 years ago
    Emily

    oh my god! I’m in pain looking at that! so glad he’s ok!

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  • March 6, 2012 8:50 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sheila

    omg!

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    March 6, 2012 9:01 amPosted 2 years ago
    Aimee

    Poor baby!

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    March 6, 2012 9:06 amPosted 2 years ago
    Alice

    Poor Hobie <3<3<3

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  • March 6, 2012 9:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Anita

    ouch:(

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  • March 6, 2012 9:15 amPosted 2 years ago
    Donna Biichle

    Been there…one German Shepherd…over two-hundred quills…she attacked porcupine so it would leave her friend alone (he only had six and he thought he was dying : )

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  • March 6, 2012 9:21 amPosted 2 years ago
    Ana

    que dó….

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    March 6, 2012 9:38 amPosted 2 years ago
    Lisa

    Thank god we dont have them in the UK

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  • March 15, 2012 9:09 amPosted 2 years ago
    Rich Brown

    God, I’m so glad he was OK! He was so, so lucky that they they missed his eyes.

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  • March 27, 2012 9:57 amPosted 2 years ago
    Kelly Long

    Wow! I didn’t know those little creatures could do so much damage.

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    May 3, 2012 12:28 pmPosted 1 year ago
    DieselMom

    I’m gonna go ahead and guess that the porcupine won!

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