Monday, October 4, 2010

Since he pinned you baby

Sandy had an adventure recently. 

She found a porcupine! It appears that it was a rather unpleasant encounter.

We tried to pull them out with tweezers but couldn't. The only thing we could think of to do was to put the big plastic Elizabethan collar on her so that she wouldn't rub her face. 
 

As soon as my veterinarian's office opened, I called them. They said to bring her right in because they'd need to sedate her to pull them out. I told them she was a stray that had adopted us and that we had decided to keep her so they might as well check to see if she'd been spayed while she was under. 

When I called in the afternoon to check on her, they said she was ready to come home. The doctor had checked her and since he couldn't see a spay scar he went ahead and fixed her like I'd asked. She was in heat so it's probably a good thing he did. He could tell she has had puppies before. When I asked about how old she might be, he thought she might be about five. He said she looked to be part Terrier, Heeler or Cattle dog, and Chow mix because she has a mottled black tongue.

She sure was glad to see me!

She's going to have to wear the collar for two weeks now to prevent her going after the stitches. Poor thing!


Since he pinned you baby - song: Cracked Actor, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane

12 comments:

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Ouch. It's always so sad to see a dog in the lamp shade collar. Glad you got her fixed.

Dan

Cara said...

Thats like going in for a couple of dental fillings and getting a hysterectomy at the same time! Criminy!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That looks so incredibly painful. When I see the things you've got to deal with such as porcupines and cacti, I'm not so sure New Mexico is for me. Then there's Arizona and all those rattlesnakes...

Shirley said...

From bad things come good- she might have found a mate and had pups if it weren't for the quills. I usually use pliers to pull quills, I used to have a dog that couldn't stay away from the porcies. (A German Shepherd).
Love your new header- Yalla! is a reeal beauty.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Dan- she's feeling very under the weather, poor thing. Been moping ever since she came home. And when I walk her outside, the horses go crazy! Nadia was even charging at her tonight.

Cara, I love that! It's true, isn't it?

NM- I didn't even know we had porcupines out here where I live! Don't you have cactus in Nevada?

Shirley- that's what I've heard, that they keep going back. Gosh, I sure hope not! And yeah, it's good she didn't get knocked up.
Thanks for the compliment on Yalla!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Whew! I thought you were going to say that Sandy had gotten attacked by coyotes or hit by a car. Of course porcupine quills aren't good either. Hopefully the spay will help her stop roaming far from home and keep her out of trouble.

~Lisa

Gail said...

So glad she found you! She's a cutie.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

LOR- no, that's the song lyrics: "Since he pinned you, baby, you're a porcupine." But I forgot that no one else would know that. ;)

fernvalley01 said...

Poor girl! we had a very minor "drive by quilling" here the other day with Skeeter. As Shirley says though it worked out , as now she is fixed.
We had an old collie dog that got quills at least 5 times before she learned!

CTG Ponies said...

Poor thing! Those quills look painful and then add stitches on top of it.

achieve1dream said...

Poor thing!! I hope she's not in too much pain now. Good thing you got her spayed since she was in heat.

Oh and by the way tons of breeds and especially mixed breeds have mottled tongues so that doesn't necessarily mean Chow Chow. I definitely agree that she has terrier in her though!!

Breathe said...

Maybe she was going for an indie rocker look?

Glad she's no worse for wear. I'm impressed you had a collar lying around!