The World According to Bella | "Too Close for Comfort"

"The pain was getting worse by the minute. I could not move. I was really scared. Only a whimper and a few barks came out of my mouth. I hoped Mrs. S would find me soon. I thought I heard my name being called over and over but it seemed rather faint and far off. I needed help and fast. I kept up my barking hoping for a rescue soon.

After what seemed like a very long time I could hear Mrs. S’s voice getting closer and closer.
“Bella, I have been looking all over for you. Oh, my what have you done?”
She took one look at my face, screamed, grabbed me by the collar and dragged me home. I whimpered all the way back. Lucky for us Mr. C was there. He took one look at my face and said, “We need to get all these quills out of your nose and fast!” 

I could hardly stand the pain and thought Mr. C and Mrs. S were taking way too long yakking on and on what to do. Mr. C ran off and quickly came back with some kind of tool from the garage. They made me lie down on the ground. Now usually Mrs. S sitting on me isn't something that I like but I got the idea I needed to be very still. The quills had to come out! 

One by one Mr. C pulled each one out of my nose. Each yank hurt and he had to do it 12 times. Later I learned quills are tricky to remove because they have a little barb on the end. Its no wonder my nose stung for a very long time. Even the cream Mrs. S put on did not help much. 

Mrs. S tried to cheer me up with my favorite treat, a rawhide bone and a good story. But all I wanted to do was lay on my blanket. I did not feel so good. Guess my days of exploring the nearby ravine are over. One word of advice, don’t mess with porcupines, they’re mean and you’ll lose every time.

Love, Bella 
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Sue Ready

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