Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Ruff" Night

Pin It This is my dog. Doesn't he look cute and innocent? Don't fall for it!

See this skunk? Yes, I said skunk. This skunk looks innocent, too. Again, don't fall for it.

What you are thinking...yes, it happened. Last night. Late last night. What came next? Tears...lots of them! I didn't know what to do! Tears turned into sobs. Thankfully, with the help of neighbors, a late night call to the vet emergency line, and some dear, dear friends, it was handled. No thanks to me...I was a wreck! Thank you to my friends for buying rubber gloves and the ingredients for removing the skunk smell from my naughty dog. The tears stopped when my heroes arrived. What are these magic ingredients? About a quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and a squirt of Dawn liquid dish soap. (FYI: The vet said not to store the mixture, because it can explode. So, if you don't use it all, throw it out and mix a new batch later. Or just make smaller batches!)

Does it work? It actually worked pretty well! It took the three of us to wash him. After my heroes left, I made a bed for the dog in the garage. He normally sleeps in the house, but that was out of the question. I scrubbed the entry, kitchen, and bathroom floors with the solution. I had run into the house to get the phone and had tracked in some of the scent with my shoes. After a hot shower, I slept on the outdoor chaise lounge cushion in the middle of my living room floor. I was afraid to sleep in my bed because I thought it would leave a smell. By this time, it was a very late night and I was overly exhausted.

The early morning started with pulling out all the rugs in the entry way, throwing out the dog's collar, opening all the windows, and rewashing all the floors. Then, I turned to the dog himself. He still had some scent, especially around his face. I think most of it is in his mouth...ICK! I did the best I could with the solution. Now, it is the following evening. From what I can tell, most of the smell is gone and so are the tears. I worry that I've just gotten used to the smell and that I don't know that my hair and clothes smell like skunk. I hope not! I guess I will find out tomorrow when I go to the office.


  1. Funny story you'll have to tell later - not so funny when it happens tho! Our lab got into it with a skunk a couple of years ago, and we had to do the same thing! I feel for ya!

    Best wishes - Vickie from Texas

  2. i'm sorry, but i'm laughing realllly hard! i grew up in the country, and my dad decided to shoot a skunk that had been lurking outside. DUH! well, my mother started crying when as soon as the little guy was shot (fairly far out from the house) the airconditioning kicked on and whooshed the smell through the entire house! poor dog, but it could be worse! glad the smell is gone :)

  3. Hey Aims...

    Professor has a regular once every two week spray by the local skunk family...so I have one tip. The dishwashing liquid can be replaced by baby shampoo, which is easier on the eyes of the pooch...and leaves them smelling snuggly soft. Good to know my constant trauma can come in handy for once! Ugh!
    Hope you are well....

  4. Vickie, thanks for the moral support!

    Stacey, I can still hear you laughing! And guess what...the smell isn't entirely gone. Ick. At least I can laugh about it now, too!

    Miss Sarah, thanks for the helpful tip. I'm not so keen on it happening again. If it does, maybe I'll send TDOG down to pal around with Professor! :) What a pair they would make!


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