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Bulldog recovers after tangle with porcupine leaves her stuck with 500 quills
NYDN ^ | August 6, 2012 | Philip Caulfield

Posted on 08/11/2012 10:14:24 AM PDT by Daffynition

That's one tough mutt.

A bulldog is recovering at home in Oklahoma after a run-in with a porcupine left her with a face full of quills.

Three-year-old Bella Mae was rooting around a backyard pond with two other dogs last week when she spooked the spiky critter, her owners, Jerry and Allison Noles, told local News 9.

The porcupine impaled all three dogs, but Bella took the brunt of the attack.

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Poor Bella!


1 posted on 08/11/2012 10:14:29 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

I hurt just looking at that photo.

Glad Bella is much better.


2 posted on 08/11/2012 10:28:33 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Daffynition

Ouch!


3 posted on 08/11/2012 10:29:31 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Daffynition
If you think about it back in days of yore, or of course even today for that matter, without human intervention this would be a death sentence for the porcupine's target who'd be unable to eat and would die a slow, agonizing, and frightful death.

Like our economy.

4 posted on 08/11/2012 10:38:12 AM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: Daffynition

Oh my!! My dog Otis got it from a porcupine when we were
in Queechee,VT. Had to go under general anesthesia to
have them removed,but nothing like that! WOW!

Thank goodness for the emergency veterinary clinics that
exist.


5 posted on 08/11/2012 10:39:28 AM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: Daffynition

The porcupine must be naked.


6 posted on 08/11/2012 10:40:22 AM PDT by LiveFree99
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To: Slings and Arrows

500 quills? That’s just the ‘thing’ to write the great American novel.


7 posted on 08/11/2012 10:58:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Reminds me of a science experiment I did once in school with potatoes and toothpicks.


8 posted on 08/11/2012 11:04:58 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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9 posted on 08/11/2012 11:10:18 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: a fool in paradise

Methinks Poochie would prefer a word processor.


10 posted on 08/11/2012 11:19:24 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

Poor baby!! The article didn’t mention anything about poor Bella’s sight so it must be okay. Poor poochie looks like a cactus!


11 posted on 08/11/2012 11:30:50 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Daffynition

I wonder if some of those quills are in Bella’s eyes. There are so many quills I don’t see how the eyes wouldn’t get them, too.

That picture makes me hurt.


12 posted on 08/11/2012 11:33:21 AM PDT by Marcella (PREPARE)
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To: Daffynition

There was a vet show a while back I found interesting called “Dr Pol” Guess it wasn’t picked up. I liked it because it showed some of the more interesting vet situations in a farm county.

He said he did this (porcupine) at least once a week. On one episode, he had the SAME dog come back same week, even worse. Dumb dog.


13 posted on 08/11/2012 11:34:45 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Dysart

>>Like our economy.<<

You put it so well...I was trying to think of an analogy to our present political situation...and yours is perfect! :)

...or my *lame* one.....how Ryan will look when Hussein’s operatives get done with him. :(


14 posted on 08/11/2012 11:34:55 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: fatnotlazy

Then don’t look at these...makes me cringe!

https://www.google.com/search?q=dog+with+porcupine+quills&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=sFx&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=M6gmUOSQO-6G0QHvvIGADQ&ved=0CDgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1104&bih=545


15 posted on 08/11/2012 11:46:48 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
Reminds me of another FR thread:


15 of 20 : #3 Dumbest: The Bulldog was rated the third stupidest dog breed.

From: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2008246/posts
16 posted on 08/11/2012 11:47:33 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: americas.best.days...

We had a Lab who found a porkie by the camp in VT...fortunately there were just a few quills in her snout.

Any porkie we find near the camp [usually found by the side of the road licking a wood post] gets dispatched with a single round to the head....to avoid dog v porkie encounters.


17 posted on 08/11/2012 11:51:23 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
how Ryan will look when Hussein’s operatives get done with him.

HA Oh I see where you're going with that, and it's not all not bad. I might suggest, though, a slight refinement- weaving in Ryan, a voodoo doll and the sinister witchdoctor into the narrative...and we know who that might be.

As for the Bulldog, every specimen I've known personally would huff and puff and snort at this and go right back at the porcupine the very next chance it got. I bet our hero here is no exception.

18 posted on 08/11/2012 11:52:13 AM PDT by Dysart (You didn't post that. Someone else made that happen.)
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To: a fool in paradise
I thought quill pens were supposed to be made from spotted owl feathers?


19 posted on 08/11/2012 11:55:52 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
The porcupine impaled all three dogs, but Bella took the brunt of the attack

I'm shaking my head as I question this, what seems to be, a PC commentary.

This story wants to make a person believe that 3 pooches were just roaming around, minding their own business and the mean old porcupine waylaid them all, instead of these 3 hooligans found this porcupine taking a breather from the heat near some water when this pack jumped him. Now the perpetrators are the victims.

Having said that, I do feel sorry for the little guy but I have a feeling he was the instigator ;)

20 posted on 08/11/2012 11:57:36 AM PDT by varon
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To: Daffynition
The porcupine impaled all three dogs, but Bella took the brunt of the attack

I'm shaking my head as I question this, what seems to be, a PC commentary.

This story wants to make a person believe that 3 pooches were just roaming around, minding their own business and the mean old porcupine waylaid them all, instead of these 3 hooligans found this porcupine taking a breather from the heat near some water when this pack jumped him. Now the perpetrators are the victims.

Having said that, I do feel sorry for the little guy but I have a feeling he was the instigator ;)

21 posted on 08/11/2012 11:57:38 AM PDT by varon
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To: Dysart

I’ll bet in most situations it’s the dog...that starts the fight....always ending in the dog saying *It seemed like a good idea at the time.*


22 posted on 08/11/2012 12:01:04 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

LOL

Poor fella.


23 posted on 08/11/2012 12:29:32 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Daffynition

It’s a wonder it didn’t blind her.


24 posted on 08/11/2012 12:36:41 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: Daffynition

When we lived in Alaska, porcupines killed many dogs every year. The quills in the dogs face continues to migrate deeper, if in the nostrils or eyes, often going right into the brain.

When the porcupine quills go in, one hardly feels them, pain is later when the skin and flesh becomes infected.

I have had quills in my leg over an inch deep and no bother until later that night. Extracting the barbed quills is no fun.


25 posted on 08/11/2012 12:42:31 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Once I was young, now I am old and the in between went way too fast)
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To: Daffynition

Dogs do not have to start a porky fight, just too inquisitive and the porky will slap them in the face with their tail, nuff said.


26 posted on 08/11/2012 12:46:28 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Once I was young, now I am old and the in between went way too fast)
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To: Daffynition

All I can say is, “OUCH!”


27 posted on 08/11/2012 12:47:04 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Daffynition

Don’t bring fur to a quill fight.

I’ve been lucky with my three dogs. Hope Bella recovers and remembers.


28 posted on 08/11/2012 1:17:54 PM PDT by onona (loving butter pecan)
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To: Daffynition

The quills have hooky things that are hard to remove. Poor goggie. *hugs*


29 posted on 08/11/2012 1:24:40 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Dogs + stress = If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and waIlk away.)
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To: Marcella

Amazing, huh? I had a pit that got 2 quills in his nose when he found a porky under a log. That meant war. He’d hunt them for sport, grab them and swing them ‘til the patch of skin came off. His mouth, tongue and lips would be as thick with quills as the porky had been. I don’t think he ever had a quill within 2 inches of an eye, though. Bad as that picture is, it’s nothing compared to some attacks.


30 posted on 08/11/2012 1:59:30 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: onona

Don’t know about bulldogs, but pits “remember” for the rest of their lives. And it’s not a good thing.


31 posted on 08/11/2012 2:02:39 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
#3 Dumbest: The Bulldog was rated the third stupidest dog breed.

Bullies ARE NOT DUMB!!!

Bullies are independent, free thinkers, much like Freepers!

Some people say you can't train them. That's not true! I taught a friend's bully to play with a Frisbee, and once he caught it, he was done, he had nothing else to prove.

Mark

32 posted on 08/11/2012 2:03:09 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: varon
>>...but I have a feeling he was the instigator...<<

Porkies don't *run*...they kinda lumber ....dog wants sport *run faster dammit RUN!*


33 posted on 08/11/2012 2:14:04 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: gundog
Wish our Lab would learn *not* to chew shoes.


34 posted on 08/11/2012 2:16:54 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: MarkL

35 posted on 08/11/2012 2:22:40 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Sea Parrot
Reminds me of..... "What's the difference between a BMW/Porsche owner and a porcupine? The Porcupine has the pricks outside."
36 posted on 08/11/2012 3:11:39 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

When you are made of steel, like Paul Ryan, any quills tossed by the Democrats will bounce right off!

37 posted on 08/11/2012 4:54:10 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: Daffynition

Poor baby. Heal well.


38 posted on 08/11/2012 5:02:54 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: MarkL

I’m sorry my friend. I am watching my son’s bullie after having my doberman die last year. Dumbest SOB I ever saw in a dog. A true slug on 4 legs. Dense is not sufficient.


39 posted on 08/11/2012 6:56:51 PM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: Dr. Sivana; Salamander; dixiechick2000; Squantos
Any bulldog breed with a heavy dose of Olde English type bully in it is likely to be quite less intelligent than say a Border or Dobie or Alsatian or Rottie or Schnauzer or Poodle

breeds known as bright

I have a female 150 pound Johnson American Bulldog bitch...indeed she is intellectually lazy and stubborn and ferocious to other animals and female dogs but a submissive slut to male dogs...little guard instinct...my wife's baby more or less

Sugar here

I had a Standard American Bulldog who unfortunately was too aggressive and I retired him to hog hunting and breeding but he was as smart as my Rotts (but not as smart as Dobies) had been...and very very guard oriented but kind to fellow animals...I miss hell outta that boy....he and I were in sync...same wavelength

Bedford


40 posted on 08/12/2012 10:02:56 PM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: Daffynition

I didn’t know that this sort of thing was news. Used to happen to our dogs fairly often. The trick we learned is to use heavy scissors or something to clip off the ends of and therefore DEFLATE the quills (partially) before pulling them. Clip ‘em, leave ‘em for a bit (20 mins), then get the pliers and do it all as fast as possible.


41 posted on 08/12/2012 10:52:57 PM PDT by golux
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To: golux

499 quills...and it wouldn’t have been newz....but 500 quills brought it to Olympic proportions. :)

Did you ever use the vinegar and baking soda soak to soften them?

http://www.alaska.net/~springer75/quills.htm


42 posted on 08/13/2012 12:15:23 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: wardaddy

The best dog I’ve ever had was a Tri-color Australian shepherd.

Highly intelligent, loveable, ferocious when needed.

He treated my baby as his own...loved her and protected her.


43 posted on 08/13/2012 12:32:58 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: Daffynition
Sounds like an interesting idea, and the farm is long gone, but we were always well aware that it was better to have a dog's snout that looked a little messed up for a couple of days than to have a dog's snout that had foreign objects embedded in it. I would worry therefore that any agent used to deteriorate the proteins in the quill (or keratin?) would bleed down the inside of the shaft and soften up the stuff that needs to be pulled out. The worst thing would be to pull the quill and have some of it still in there, which never happened to us. Funny thing is, if you do it quick, the dogs seem to understand and forgive you right away. The trick for us was to snip the ends off the quills to let them deflate and - maybe - let the barbs back down a little. It's also possible that the dogs' white blood cells and pus were also attacking those things, lubricating the extraction.


I miss those dogs.
44 posted on 08/13/2012 7:04:45 AM PDT by golux
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To: Daffynition

Bella “took the brunt of the attack” because no doubt she was doing the brunt of the attacking. The porcupine has no interest in “attacking” a predator like a bulldog - it wants to get away.

Bulldog’s have gladiator blood - and a little pain will NOT stop them.

Poor Bella! Hope she is OK - Bulldogs are very loving and lovable little gladiators!


45 posted on 08/13/2012 7:16:05 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.

Ouch

46 posted on 08/13/2012 9:19:21 AM PDT by SJackson (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people people die of natural causes)
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To: Daffynition
Any porkie we find near the camp [usually found by the side of the road licking a wood post]

They love to eat any wood that has soaked up salt the highways use in the winter. Kids at our camp kept peeing on the outhouse seat, they ate most of that up.

47 posted on 08/19/2012 11:16:24 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle

Yes, they are after the salt and a slug in-da-head when they are near the camp, as our dogs are about.


48 posted on 08/19/2012 12:13:05 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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