Dumb Dog (sorry, it's true)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

There are many delightful reasons to have a doggy, and I do love my delicious dog dearly.
skunky mutt
But this week has not been his very bestest week. Although Riley studiously ignores the mophers who eat my tomatoes, it turns out he is very interested in skunk. So interested. So so so interested that he chased a skunk behind our house and then got back inside before we realized what that horrendous smell was.

It was him.
And he rubbed his smelly skunky self all over my new bedding and entry way and it was awful, I tell you AWFUL to besmell. I will now try to glean some good from the whole awful experience by sharing with you what I have learned lest you ever find yourself in the same (disgusting) position.

These are serious tips and tricks people, take note:

1. That awful burning rubber or gas smell is not rubber or gas; it is SKUNK.

2. So don't let the dog back in the house.

3. Don't turn all the swamp coolers up in an effort to clear the air and only pull more perfumania into the house. Don't.
4. In fact, don't let your doggy out after dark at all seeing as skunks are nocturnal. I know, right? Totally logical and yet I never thought of it. Not that logic is my thing...but I wish it was.

5. Tomato juice is out. Make a paste with vinegar, baking soda, and a squirt of dish soap to wash hair of dog, self, and children. Rubbing the same paste on my new bedding and washing on sanitary setting got the smell out, thank goodness!

artistic photo of my tools for deskunking

6. Squirt natures miracle Skunk Oder Remover, available at Petco, all over everything. Yes, everything! Then wash your hands with it.

Ah, it was so awful. At 11pm Marc made the executive decision that we simply couldn't sleep in our skunkafied home so we invaded my parents. They may be the most gracious people on the planet. Not only did they let us smell up their guest rooms, they showed up the next day unexpectedly to help us clean.

And now, three days later, the smell is almost entirely gone. Mostly. I hope.

5 Responses to “Dumb Dog (sorry, it's true)”

  1. Oh, I think you are so brave to tackle this problem. I am fairly certain I'd run from the house until Hubs had it fixed. Knowing him, he'd end up buying a new house to avoid the work. Whatever. I'm popping over from SITS roll call. Happy Hump Day, or Night.

  2. Oh yuck! We have them in our yard but our cats haven't been sprayed - yet!
    Dropped by from SITS.

  3. Ahhh. It hurts my heart to see the words "new bedding" in the same sentence with "skunk."

  4. OMG, this totally happened to us two weeks ago! It was the first time my dog has ever been sprayed. I couldn't have been more pissed. Everything. Everything everywhere, inside and out smelled horrific. The smell by the trash cans where the skunk sprayed still isn't entirely gone.

    Stopping by to give you a big welcome to the SITStahood. wE are so glad you joined and look forward to seeing you around!


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