We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Man, I've pulled many a quill out of many a dog face, but never anything remotely that bad. AP is right about the barbs--if it's more than a dozen or so, gotta go to the vet for a general anesthesia. And one for the dog too.
Tell me, what use are porcupines, anyway? Other than for enriching vets?
If it were my dog, I would want to hunt down every last porcupine for miles around. My dog is lots dumber than a pit bull [a lovable retriever] and I feel like outfitting him in kevlar for his wanderings in the woods now!