July 31, 2011
This morning’s visit with Loki was a rather unique and interesting one.
Already very warm and slightly humid, a little overcast, this day is shaping up to hopefully be another nice one. With no bug problem, heading across the ravine and sitting with Loki was very comfortable.
Perhaps a neighbor on my street had already given him breakfast, he was not at all interested in his fresh butcher cuttings this morning, he was however interested in his soup bone, but only after he lead me to an area unknown to me.
Stopping to watch and wait until I would catch up to him, Loki apparently had something important to show me.
Trekking through the even higher vegetation, the minimal rains we had the last few days, caused the growth spurt of all the wild plants, was a little daunting…it was difficult for me to see Loki…he perhaps knew this and would stop, wait and continue on once he was sure I saw him.
A number of months ago Loki had tangled with a porcupine, for weeks he carried his trophies, three quills in his tender nose and two quills along his bottom jaw. Thankfully he was able to sneeze the quills out of his nose and remove the other two quills from his jaw himself.
What was Loki taking me to I wondered? And Why?
I soon found out, as I watched the ground beneath my feet so as not to trip. Approximately 400 hundred yards into the thick vegetation I found the answer. The carcass of the dead Porcupine that Loki had tangled with. This picture does not do justice to the size of this Porcupine, it was extremely large, it’s quills averaged between 5” to 6” long.
I paused and thanked Loki for showing me just what he has to contend with at times and I was grateful that Loki did not get the worst of it, given the size of this Porcupine and the length of his quills. Loki received 5 quills in total and it could have been a lot worse. Had he not been able to remove/sneeze those quills out himself, they could have worked deeper and moved into his eyes or his brain..killing him. Infection could have easily begun and spread through his blood system turning toxic.
After moving deeper into the brush Loki and I sat together for at least a half hour, I hummed and spoke to him, and he lounged and listened….he then decided to take a walk, so I picked up his plate and headed back out of the thicket…to my surprise this boy had cut through and was now standing ahead of me waiting again. Together we walked out to the road and we again spent time together out in the open this time.
Still not interested in what I had brought out to him, I headed back home to cut him some fresh Rollover, this time I was in the lead and Loki followed.
Our morning visit lasted over an hour, I discovered much thanks to him this morning, our time together proved to be one of both physical and spiritual closeness and valued trust.
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