Winston had several hundred.
Thank goodness my boss was willing to come back to work late at night for me. Saved me a very expensive emergency bill. I owe her big time. I'm so grateful for her, always.
We put him under anesthesia and 4 of us pulled quills. It went pretty quickly. The key with porcupine quills is to get it done as soon as you can, before the quills soften or migrate, and to keep the dog from rubbing them until you can get them out. If you can do that without getting stabbed. Even the back sides of the quills are very sharp. Winston held still nicely for me on the way in.
Winston is pretty miserable this morning. Poor guy.
Meanwhile, John is on the difficult part of the Mt Adams climb right now. He sent me this before he lost cell service yesterday.
Gorgeous! I can't wait to see more.