I was slightly awake when I heard a familiar clicking around 5am. Yes, a mouse partially caught in the mouse trap, but needing to be bonked. I went to get Scott and thankfully he took care of it. Lay back down, hoping to get a bit more rest before the 6am wake up call. Nope, not happening. I could tell that something was wrong as Scott came towards the back of the house. I didn't have to wait long to find out...
Sam found a porcupine! He found one when he was younger and Scott was able to pull out the quills without too much trouble. May really hasn't been Sam's month. First, getting hit by the car, then stitches and now the porcupine trouble... He's bigger, stronger and a bit smarter. Although we wish that he'd been smart enough to keep his distance from that porcupine.
At first he didn't need my help, but as he got closer to Sam's mouth, Sam kept trying to bite him. He got a belt to muzzle him with and now we had to be super calm and nice to get Sam to lay down and fast enough to get the belt over. Soooo, I just want to say right now that I'm glad that I'm not a vet. Scott had him pinned and I was able to get 3 out of the 4 pulled the first time. Sam still managed to writhe enough to give Scott a long scratch with his claws. Ouch! Praying it doesn't hurt too much and that it heals quickly. Think it was nearly impossible to get him muzzled the first time, it took twice as long the second time. Praise the Lord for helping me to get the pliers clamped and the last quill pulled right about 6am!
Now, that's one way to get your adrenaline going in the morning. I'd rather not repeat that method... The bad thing is that we don't know when he had the run in with the porcupine and the porcupine is still running around. Praying that he's killed quickly if he's still in the area and that Sam has the sense to stay far away and just bark to let Scott know if it comes around again.
So, no more sleep... It's Garden Planting Day! I'll probably do a little bit of baking, but not the normal amount. We've been saving up some from previous weeks for our travel and it's better if we're all outside helping to get it all planted.