My only frustration with living out here in the country are the porcupines. Unfortunately my dogs seem to believe they can take one on.... stupid dogs. Anyway a couple years ago two of my dogs had a run in and ended up at the vet who had to put them under to remove hundreds of quills, including some in the back of their mouths. They must have really roughed that porcupine up ... I'm quite sure the porcupine still won. Anyway, this morning our one year old puppy had about 10-15 quills in the side of her nose/jaw area. This is her second time, the first time a few weeks ago she only had about ten quills also. I was able to pull them out the first time....she seems to remember that and won't let me near her face. I know that even the best dog can bite out of fear or pain so I don't want to push her too far trying to remove these. I cannot afford to take her to the vet (it's about $100 for him to do it) as my DH has been out of work for nine months! Have any of you gone through this and gotten the quills out yourself? Other than physically holding her down to do it I'm open to other suggestions? Thoughts? Ideas?