Jigsaw shows almost every sign of Orrang in his behavior.

I have had Airedale Terriers for many years. This fellow Jigsaw is character. I felt I had to create a record of his activities. I hope I can do justice to his activities.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A 2d Porcupine Experience

This photo of Jigsaw taken in February 2010 on Blanchard Mountain in Skagit County. Jigsaw was off trail following a scent. It took him halfway through a clear cut about 600 feet off the trail and downhill. He went wild over a large pile of brush. When I say wild I mean he forgot he had a human master. After much noisy barking from him and shouting from me, I had to go to him. When I got closer I began to understand the seriousness of the situation. This dog had shifted into a state of obsession. I had to pull him off the porcupine. This photo is after I was able to get most of the quills out of his head, chest and legs. This was Jigsaw's second porcupine experience. I would have to say Mother Nature had been good to the porcupines by giving them a good defense against predators. This Airedale only had one thing in mind and his adrenaline was really flowing. I had a hard time getting him to get his mind and physical desire off the porcupine. Once I go him up to the trail and road we could work on his condition. I removed as many quills as I could without any tools. This is how he looked after I got out around 75 quills. Later when we got home about 20 miles from where the truck was parked I got 25 more quills out. The really bad news was Jigsaw still had lots more quills that were getting increasingly difficult as the easy ones always seem to go first. After getting him heavily sedated with tranquilizers we still couldn't get this 90 lb mini horse to hold still. The end result was a afternoon trip to the emergency veterinary care. It was a Sunday so our option were very limited. I am grateful they were there for Jigsaw and the cost was huge. We bite the bullet and the result was the vet go several dozen more quills.

Jigsaw lives to go to the woods and follow any fresh scent. I just don't have the heart to put him on a leash. We pick and chose our trails carefully in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. We try to go early in the day when less people are out. Most of all I watch very closely and stay away from the Chuckanut Range which seems to have a very healthy population of porcupines. His first experience with porcupines should of taught him a lesson but I do attribute his obsession with Nature's other critters as the Oorang in him. I've had Airedales before and this guy is really great in an unusual way. He is much bigger than any Airedale I've had and much more obsessed with hunting. I've developed a love hate feeling about some of his habits.


  1. Blimey, I'm very glad there are no porcupine in our part of the world (UK). I understand they can cause a lot of trouble.
    I quite understand the feeling of not wanting to put him on the leash - these dogs are at their most enjoyable when they can run free.

  2. We knew a Lab that lived in Vermont that repeatedly got into fights with porcupines. We understand that it's EXTREMELY painful for the dog and they never seem to learn their lesson! We hope we never meet one of those nasty critters!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  3. OH man, I've never met a porcupine so I don't know how I would react. That Oorang line sounds like gladiators!! I had one encounter with a skunk and although they still make me VERY mad when I see them, I do do huge circles, out of their shooting range (while growling and snarling) when I come across another one.

    Be careful Jigsaw!!!

    Love nibbles,
    Miss Sunshade