This morning started off quite early and in a new and exciting way, with Brad coming in around 5:30 and saying that the dogs had gotten porcupined. A new verb: to porcupine. And indeed they had. Kenai only had about 10 quills right at the end of his nose, but Brooks had many more. I pulled 3 or 4 out of Kenai, but he was struggling and at 95 pounds is too big for me to wrestle. And I knew that Brooks wouldn't go for this at all at a very squirmy 55 pounds. So Brad found the 24 hour emergency veterinarian in Silverthorne and we loaded the dogs up and took them in. The vet, Dr. Mark Cowan, was terrific, and sedation is terrific, too. He had both dogs under, quills removed, and back with their eyes open in no time at all.
Stopped at Starbucks for coffee, and Brad headed to his busy work day in Boulder and I'm back at the Keystone house to pack everything up. The dogs are sleeping peacefully, and maybe won't be so curious the next time they see a porcupine.