Belle was leading with Ophelia when they hit the porcupine. Since they were around the corner from me, I don’t know exactly what happened, but it seems they may have run over the porcupine. Belle was on the right side of the line, and from what I can tell that was the far side from the porcupine. It seems she must have bit the porcupine, as she was heavily quilled inside of her mouth. her wrists were both quilled, but particularly her left wrist. Belle was one of the five who went to the ER vet. She was definitely distressed about the quills, so sedation was a very good option for her.
Belle was too freaked out by the quills to pull continue leading, so I switched her for Annie.
Belle is now on antibiotics and anti inflammatories and is doing much better. She still has a slight limp but we are monitoring her closely and hope she’ll be able to run again with the team in about a week.