Heath (aka Bernie), a young St Bernard, had been living at a house with little food and no shelter, but his owner did not want to surrender him.
When the infection from Heath's mouthful of porcupine quills and his starvation became so serious that he could not stand, his owner finally agreed to give him to Karen.
Heath came to the Cities about 50 lbs underweight and with an extremely painful muzzle and mouth. The night he came down, we picked quills out of his nose and muzzle, as they surfaced. Several days later, he underwent surgery to have the quills removed, since most of them were submerged. With antibiotics and plenty of food, he gained strength very quickly.
Heath's temperment is as sweet as can be, and he is a great big puppy, since he is only about a year old.
Heath is now in his forever home with another large friend, and he is going to be a therapy dog! His adoptive family has named him "Gaag," which is porcupine in Ojibway.