The Mouth of The Kenai

By Joseph Robertia

Redoubt Reporter

Rhi Wallace, of Kasilof, is no stranger to her veterinarian’s emergency room, but usually it’s her own dog she’s there with, not someone else’s pet, found prickle-faced after a run-in with a porcupine.

Last week Wallace saw a Facebook post about an injured black Labrador mix found in front of a church in Kasilof. Its face and mouth were full of porcupine quills. It seemed to be suffering and the dog’s owner was unknown. She asked around but no one knew the dog.

“LuLu — or Lizzie, as we had been calling her since before we knew her name — was actually pretty easy to catch. She had been hanging around the church for a while, and she was really friendly, so it was just a matter of getting her into the truck with all the quills in her. I couldn’t pick her up without…

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