In fact, Greta Grub seems to thrive on porcupine encounters. We usually give her a chunk of meat, gristle, or fat after we pull her quills, and days later, she still waits expectantly for more treats. Her boxer genes really shine at this time: she spends quite a bit of energy on a vertical bounce to her jaunty gait.
We just watched the animated film Monsters vs. Aliens over the weekend. In case you are unfamiliar with Greta's general personality, you can refer to Bob in that movie. Bob the Monster and Greta Grub are about the same...good natured and brainless. :)
Poor Shachah didn't fare as well. He had fewer quills, but a few were embedded very deeply. He actually let Clancy pull out most of them. He didn't even need to be held. He would sit still until it hurt too much and then he would walk away. When he was ready he would come back up to Clancy so more could be pulled. Amazing! But he had several quills deep in his front paws and he would not let Clancy touch them.
Shachah loaded quite easily in the car with Clancy's help The vet sedated him and removed the final quills. When I came to pick him up, Shachah headed straight for the car and didn't hesitate to get in. Poor boy wanted to go home. He is limping badly on both front paws. But in the end, the whole experience might have created just a little bit more trust between dog and family.