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Porcupine 1 - Pitt Bull 0
April 6, 2007 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode
There is no question that animals prove time and again what amazingly astute, highly intelligent creatures they can be.
I often read stories about heroic family pets – waking families just in time to escape a burning house, leading rescue personnel to an injured person, fighting off wild predators five times their own size to protect their human companion – and, I wonder if my dogs would be of the caliber to pull such an amazing feat if I was ever in danger.
Then I received the following in an email from my aunt and uncle in North Carolina:
This Pit Bull decided he would attack a Porcupine.
The vet sedated the dog and removed 1347 quills.
The dog survived.
1. There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity.
2. Choose your fights wisely.
3. Don't mess with Porcupines
Then I think about my two golden girls.
The ones I often have to disturb to rouse from their afternoon siesta and coax from their warm, plush dog beds when I come home at lunchtime to let out.
Fire, flood waters, porcupines…
I think it would be best for me to keep my smoke detectors and stay out of the woods and away from raging rapids. And, away from wild animal encounters.