Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | School Notes | Contact Us | All Access E-Edition | Home RSS

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.

jess seepThe 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.

I am looking for: