Don't worry guys, I haven't resorted to posting pictures of dead or nearly dead dogs for a spike in rage-traffic. Although it may look nasty, this is actually a happy story. Except the bit where the dogs take several hundred porcupine barbs to the face, that bit's a bummer.
Dennis Mazur, a youth worker, was walking his dogs - Mahalo, Nestah and Solijah - in Saskatchewan, Canada, when they came across the spiked rodent. No doubt spooked by the trio of dogs, the porcupine unleashed its quills. Let Dennis tell you, it's not like in the cartoons. Those quills can really mess you up.
Speaking to CBC, Mazur said, “Quills are a tricky thing. They go in and they’re just sort of barbed and they migrate and travel and that’s the fear right now. Mahalo had quills that migrated up into her lungs and into her heart, and the fact that she’s alive right now is a full miracle.”
As his vet bills soon approached $10,000, Mazur set up a gofundme page to cover them. And sure enough, the internet responded, meeting the target and then some. However, the bills are still accumulating, so head to the campaign if you want to contribute.
As it is, all three dogs should make a full recovery. Yay.