We decided to attempt another run Tuesday morning .. our first since Saturday afternoon.
(In both of our attempts to get back in shape and tone up, pathetic. I know. But it is what it is right now. Plus, we weren’t sure it was safe or that we were ready for another trip down the road. At least that’s the story we’re going with.)
“Should we take the dogs,” said the Cowboy?
“Might as well,” I said.
I’m pretty sure, thanks to the sage advice (and sorry that so many of you know all too well the answer to this) of many, many friends, the skunk smell is gone. But I also haven’t put my nose quite close enough to the area of impact to really investigate if we’re totally in the clear.
Within moments of posting the last entry here this past Saturday, the Cowboy and I took off on our usual run down the road. Not thinking anything about the dogs running ahead, because that is what they usually do, we were talking and laughing and overall trying to focus on our breathing as the South Dakota winter winds sometimes make that a challenge.. when out of the corner of my eye, I saw it.
I had seen it days before ambling down the road and swerved to avoid hitting it. The last thing I wanted to deliberately do was hit a skunk with my car and have the smell in my car. Apparently, that was the wrong thing to do. Because it was now in a standoff with our black lab and the smell going to come home with me anyway.
Lab #1 not sure what to do, stood about a half a foot away, wanting to play as it usually does with small critters. In the back of her mind, we could tell she knew it might not be a wise thing to do. I screamed. Then Cowboy and I started shouting her name at the top of our lungs, ‘Get out of there!’ Slowly but surely, the skunky turned around, and sprayed. (It would have been a hilarious scene, I’m quite certain, had anyone been around to see it.)
As dog #1 ran toward us for help or, just ran toward us .. dog #2 reappeared out of the ditch. Foaming, it seemed, at the mouth. I grabbed her collar thinking we needed to keep her from seeing the skunk too or she’d go after it. Not realizing, she had already been sprayed – in and around her mouth – hence the foam/massive amounts of spit & drool that were now doing their best to try and help her rinse the stench out.
We ran home and I spent the better part of the weekend giving peroxide/baking soda/Dawn dish soap sponge baths.
Out of about 100 Facebook responses (thank you everyone for being so quick to help!) for how best to get skunk spray off of a dog, most seemed to echo this answer, in case we ever need it again:
1 box baking soda, small bottle of hydrogen proxied, small amount of dish soap (dawn works well). Mix together with water in a gallon bucket of water. Sponge down the hound let it sit for 15 minutes rinse & repeat if oder lingers. This method may tenporaly bleach the coat. Vinegar and water in a bucket works fairly well too…might take a little longer.
Tomato juice is a temporary fix…the odor will return, posted this particular writer. His sentiments echoed by many. We stayed away from tomato juice. I could just picture the dogs shaking that off and having tomato juice to clean up everywhere as well.
We, and the dogs, have not gone back down the road for a run, since. Until today.
While I pray we never have another up close and personal skunk encounter ..
The dogs seem far more determined now, to find it rather than avoid it. The two looked like they were on a mission. Paybacks, we are guessing, is going on in their little minds. Who knows. But because I’m not giving up running, I’m thinking it will probably be a good idea to stock up on the essentials.
Adding to this week’s grocery list: More Hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda. Dawn dish soap.