The Badlands

The term “Badlands” apparently was coined by pioneers trying to get from point A to point B, and finding that this was bad land to cross. I can’t imagine trying to take a wagon through here.

Worse Lands

Great place to run into rattlesnakes, but fortunately it was getting cooler and the snakes were most likely denning up. But there’s  another character  we hoped that our springer spaniel would not meet up with. We saw this fellow later as we drove by some of the fields beyond the badlands area. Fortunately, Ruby (our dog) was in the back of the truck.

We tried to take the porcupine’s picture but he was shy and kept turning away, daring us to try to make him face the camera. He is well camouflaged and probably hard to find on the photo. You might want to click on the photos to enlarge them. They usually look better that way.

Go away, he says. Just leave me alone.

All right. Is this my best side?

I dare you to pet me.

We think the porcupines are kind of cute, fascinating creatures. When talking to the local farmers though, and we mention seeing one, they always respond in the same way – D’ya shoot ‘im?

It’s every dogowner’s fear that their pet will run into a porcupine and try to investigate. It’s good to have a pair of pliers along just in case you need to pull quills out of the dog’s nose. So far, Ruby has been lucky. We really don’t want her to find one of these “cute little guys.”

22 thoughts on “The Badlands

  1. Nice pics again – but make sure Ruby can´t have a “look” on them!!! By the way, do you have those pliers in your luggage? I agree. cute creatures they are (and well equipped to defend themself).

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    • Yes, we have a pair of needle nosed pliers. I’ve used them to try to fix the awning of the trailer. I hope that’s all we’ll need them for. We’ve heard from some people that they’ve had to take their quilled dogs to the vet because the needles are far back in the mouth or under the tongue and undetected until the dog’s tongue festers and bleeds. Imagine the suffering of any wild animal who tries to tackle a porcupine!

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  2. I do hope Ruby never has a chance to find out what a porcupine is like. When I was a child, our dog on the farm had a porcupine mishap – not pleasant. Enjoying your blog.

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  3. I can only imagine that it would be horrible for her and for us. Right now she’s sick from drinking some sour slough water so she may be spared having to be out there as porcupine bait. Thanks for checking in, Gladys,

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    • Oh, that’s right. They do have skunks here. I haven’t seen a live one but there have been quite a few dead in the road. Pretty stinky things, but they’re cute on the pictures. I wouldn’t mind seeing a live one (at a safe distance)… with our dog safely in the back of the truck.

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    • I know what you mean. They’re so unique and I felt very lucky to see a porcupine, but I’m really afraid our dog will get into one. Still, I don’t think it’s enough reason to kill porcupines. I know a lot of people will disagree with that, especially if they’ve been harmed by them, but we’re all on this earth only for a short time, so why try to annihilate other species?

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  4. Love the photos… had porcis on our farm years ago… and boy can they do damage to a corn land … my dogs did suffer and I had to pull many a quill from their mouths… somehow they never seemed to learn their lesson..

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  5. Ack! Good thing Ruby wasn’t there. As you know, we recently stayed with my mom in the Chicago burbs, and the skunks there were everywhere. Thankfully, they didn’t come out during the day. However, once dusk hit, we could see them waddling about like little black gremlins. Once that happened, we took Max out for his walk earlier.
    Hope you didn’t have to get too close to snap those photos.

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