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.
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.
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
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.