A St. Bernard named Ruckus got more than he bargained for when he ran into a porcupine. Just looking at photos of the dog’s face riddled with quills is enough to make anyone squirm in pain.

Hence, one can’t help but wonder how Ruckus found himself in this prickly situation not just once, but twice. Perhaps the gentle giant was simply too friendly.

He was trying to build rapport with a porcupine he just met, but the rodent was having none of it. Probably threatened by the canine’s size, the animal peppered Ruckus’s face with spikes before running off.

Since porcupine quills have barbed ends, only a professional could safely remove them. Otherwise, they might become even more embedded in the dog’s flesh, thereby causing extensive damage.

The expenses associated with the service will definitely put a dent in an animal owner’s wallet. So when Ruckus got too friendly with a second porcupine and endured yet another spiky attack, his family opted to surrender him. Sadly, they could no longer afford his treatment.

When Ruckus arrived at the Lollypop Farm Humane Society, their veterinary team quickly got to work, sedating the pooch before extracting the spikes one by one. The St. Bernard’s recovery went without a hitch, and he was soon ready for a new forever home.

A couple from Rochester called Matt Reed and Erin Griffin adopted Ruckus after a visit to Lollypop Farm. Erin likes big breeds, and both of them fell in love with the St. Bernard right away.

The pair reports that Ruckus is doing great at their home. Since Matt and Erin live downtown, they’re confident that the St. Bernard won’t be stumbling upon any more porcupines.

Still, Lollypop Farm wishes to remind pet owners that porcupines don’t shoot their quills, nor do they need to. The defensive spikes, of which the rodents have about 30,000, are easily dislodged with a swing of their tail.

Luckily, porcupines warn off predators — and curious dogs — before attacking, so there’s always time to turn back. Watch Ruckus’s story in the video below:

Source: Inside Edition on YouTube and Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester on Facebook

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