Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Close Encounters

We live on the edge of town, residential Bellingham on one side and open countryside on the other.  We  enjoy watching deer in the field across the street and the squirells that try to steal the stale bread we've given to the chickens in our backyard.

However, sometimes living around wildlife isn't so charming.

Last night our dog got sprayed by a skunk. 
Holy moly, the smell!  

We frequently have to close our windows at night when a skunk is nearby until the air outside has cleared.  Fortunately, we live about a half mile from the ocean, and there is usually a breeze.  But this is the first time we've smelled the vile stench of skunk up close.

Laura and Bryan got her into the tub and started washing her while Fred found a recipe for a "de-skunking solution".  It contained 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap.

After being washed with dog shampoo and rinsed, twice, then soaked with the above solution and allowed to stand with the solution in her fur for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinsed, she smells much better.

She still smells like a dog, but I guess that can't be helped.


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