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Sunday, September 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Pup learns about porcupines the hard way

HUNTING DOGS -- Ranger, my Brittany pup, appears to be one of those slow learners when it comes to porcupines.

The photos show his first encounter two weeks ago and his second encounter on Saturday.

The first amounted to one quill that I pulled out with my fingers.

The second encounter amounted to around 80 quills and a bill for $510 from the Pet Emergency Clinic, which is more than a standard acupuncture treatment.

I know, I know. It could have been worse.  People have been sending me photos of the worst-case scenarios.

My other bird dogs have pointed porkies.  

We're going to work on that, before I go broke.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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