The Unbearable Banishment: Dog v. Porcupine

Friday, September 30, 2011

Dog v. Porcupine

I stumbled across this post from back in 2008 when I first opened this space and since most everyone reading today wasn't around back then (and since I have NOTHING to write about right now), I thought I'd rerun it. I'd forgotten all about it and it gave me a chuckle.

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This is C.'s dog, Buddy. Buddy isn't all that bright and C. is the first person who'll point that out. You see, Buddy likes to chase porcupines. They're slow and easy to catch! This is the sixth time that Buddy has had a quill facial. You would think that he'd learn after the fourth or fifth time that porcupines = excruciating pain, but not our Buddy.

You can't see it in the photo, but he had quills running all down his chest and legs and some in his back, as well. He had to be anesthetized in order to have them removed and is sleeping it off behind the sofa. C.'s bank account is $400 lighter for the trouble (x 6 = $2,400). Oh, Buddy. Stop chasing porcupines. They'll always come out on top.


Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...


September 30, 2011 at 7:12 AM  
Anonymous daisyfae said...

one of the reasons i love dogs. mine never seems to hold it against me that i go to work every day without taking him along on the adventure...

poor Buddy. although he seems to be smiling through it...

September 30, 2011 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Sausage Fingers said...

Yikes for Buddy glad to see his addiction if for chasing rather than shagging porcupines..

September 30, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Adam Kenny said...

Great picture and thanks for re-posting this one. I'm still chuckling as I type this.

I have to ask: is he still chasing 'em or has he moved on to less painful pursuits?

September 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Jo: Just one of those quills would set me to screaming like a little girl.

daisy: Perhaps his face is pinned back in a smile by the quills.

SF: I'll bet he has shagging on his mind but can't get close enough to close the deal.

AK: After six times I'm going to assume Buddy lacks the learning gene and is still chasing 'em.

September 30, 2011 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Oh, good god! I wasn't reading your blog in 2008 but I had a dalmatian years ago who did the same thing. At least she only did it once. She jumped on the porcupine, as well as biting it, which meant she had quills in her paws, not just the mouth! We had to carry the stupid dog home, screaming the whole way. I think she learned what porcupines really mean to dogs, so I guess she wasn't so stupid after all! Same big vet bill, though...

September 30, 2011 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

damn! just looking at that pic made me squirm! xoxox

September 30, 2011 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Ponita: I love that Buddy had quills on his tongue! Remember, this had happened to him five times before! What a dummy.

Sav: It does have some shock value, doesn't it? Congrats on the bay-bee!

September 30, 2011 at 9:04 AM  
Anonymous looby said...

What a great picture. Loveable, stupid, don't learn from bad experiences. Presumably male?

September 30, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Eryl said...

Ouch! I think I might get Buddy a padded suit, or keep him on a tight leash.

September 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM  
Anonymous dinahmow said...

Stupid mutt, but I do feel sorry for him.I hope Buddy was neutered? That's a dumb gene that should go no further!

(Probably better than my friend's dog who cornered a skunk. Eewwww....)

September 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Mitzi G Burger said...

Very cheap acupuncture.

October 1, 2011 at 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very strange for the dog not to learn. Wouldn't last long in the wild.

Thank you for a most startling picture!

October 2, 2011 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

looby: Yes. The very definition of what it means to be a man.

dinah: I always thought of dogs as being kind of stupidly loyal slaves. I prefer he aloof cynicism of cats.

mitzi: He looks like that guy Pinhead from the Hellraiser horror movies.

October 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Some dogs are brighter then others. Brains aren't everything.

October 3, 2011 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Nota Bene said...

I shouldn't laugh. But I did. I love dogs. Porcupines are quite rare over here

October 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved this post then and still love it now!

October 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM  

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