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We’ve Been Skunked!

February 13, 2010

SkunkWe’ve been skunked! Living here in New Milford, CT, in the beautiful Connecticut country-side is wonderful, and I certainly have more than enough room for the dog to roam. In the winter the cows are gone, so we don’t run the risk of the dog rolling in fresh cow pies. But when the weather is better the pooch can be given a bath outside anyway.


My wonderful friend got skunked this morning. Good thing he is older and not as quick as he used to be or the smell could be much worse. The last time he got skunked was in the warmer weather and I doused him in tomato juice outside. But right now the temp outside is about 20 degrees, the hose is inside for the winter, there is no way to get around giving him a bath inside the house.

Of course I have no tomato juice in the house. Some say it only masks the smell anyway, makes the dog smell like a walking Bloody Mary. (Not bad, I think when the dog gets skunked the thing to do is to make the Bloody Mary, drink it fast, THEN use the rest of the tomato juice on the dog anyway). It did work for him the first time he got skunked, but we were outside bathing, and he stayed out for a few hours. By the time he got back inside you could stand near him without gagging! A better recommendation is Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide and liquid dish soap, so they say. Yes indeed, missing the first 2 ingredients of that concoction too. The store won’t be open for a half hour anyway.

Plus, the dog doesn’t like to get in the tub. Not one bit. He will splay his legs out, he will cry, moan, shake, and do whatever he can not to get in there. Once in the tub he certainly tries to get out. I don’t even know if I can pick him up to get him in the tub anymore. And with his pancreatitis, we are not supposed to stress him out. Yeah, just stress ME out!

I have barricaded the couch so he can’t get on it this morning, he thinks it is one big doggie bed.

DuncanBottom line, if you live in a place where skunks are a normal occurance, keep all open garbage away from the house. (check) If you have a pooch, keep the above items on hand just in case! (uncheck) I also read that moth balls around the outside of the house can deter them, but I don’t know about that. We have so many wonderful spaces around here for skunks to live and play, empty barns, storage sheds, etc. I should make sure I have these items on hand for just such an occasion.

  • 1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (don’t substitute baking power or anything else for this)
  • 2 tsp. liquid dish soap
  • for a large pooch, add lukewarm water

Mix the ingredients in a plastic bowl, do not put in a closed container or you will have an eruption of Mount St. Helens all over again. Rub the mixture on the dog, making sure you don’t get it in the eyes. Keep on for 5 minutes, then rinse.

The instructions say this will not bleach the dog, and unlike tomato juice won’t turn your white doggie pink. My pooch happens to be all black, or he was until he got gray around the edges, so we hope it won’t do a cheap looking bleach job on him.

In the meantime I am trying to figure out how the heck I am going to get Mr. Duncan to cooperate with me for bath time! I think I will have to wake hubby up for this chore, but he is a night owl and probably went to bed about 3 hours ago.


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