Dogs, Herbie

Thoughts While Scrubbing Skunk Scent From My Dogs

I should have learned from the last fragrance attack not to let our dogs outside alone after dark for that last pee of the night, even though it would save me from a cold nose on my cheek in the wee hours, a signal one of my sheepdogs needs to go out, a trip which results in my being grouchy in the morning when it’s time for their walk, but then, waiting out here in the freezing cold watching them pee might be worth it because this skunk bouquet is like burnt electrical wiring and kneeling out here in the freezing cold as I douse them from the garden hose is making me dizzy and sick to my stomach even after the first scrub with the peroxide, baking soda and liquid dish-washing soup concoction Bob found on the Internet before he graciously offered to drive to the drugstore to buy additional peroxide at midnight, an offer that didn’t fool me because I know the reason he volunteered was to avoid the aroma because he almost passed out after one whiff and he thinks the smell will be gone when he gets home but it won’t and I know I’ll have to take them to the groomer tomorrow morning and have all their hair shaved off, but at least neither of us can smell for two miles like these poor dogs dripping in the cold without complaint, which reminds me of the neighbor’s dog who broke the glass in the garage window to escape the scent when his people decided to take care of the stench in the morning.


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  • Reply Cheryll Schaer April 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I had a German Shepard who came home to a cabin we used for weekend retreats with porcupine quills in his nose. Even though I pulled them out little pieces remained in his nose and festered they way out over a few weeks, yuck, nasty.
    I was told by locals in the area that dogs either never go near another porcupine again after an experience like that or… they start hunting and chasing them. Guess which my dog did, yup, he became obsessed and came with quills in his nose several times. We had to start tying him up when he was outside alone.
    At least he didn’t stink! My sympathies Laurie.

    • Reply Laurice LaZebnik April 29, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      Worst case scenario if my dogs take up hunting skunk: develop a recipe for skunk soup, skunk steak or skunk strudel.

      • Reply Cheryll April 30, 2016 at 10:45 am

        Remind me to refuse invitations to dinner if I notice your dogs smell, you know, skunky.

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