Last night when I was letting Casey out before bed, she started sniffing around the deck, and then I suddenly heard her dart through the bushes and take off across the yard, in hot pursuit! At the same time, a horrendous odor filled the air . . . you know what's coming, don't you? Yes, Casey was sprayed by a skunk!
Not willing to have our cars permeated by the offensive odor, I moved her crate to the front porch. It was cold and rainy, but she had to stay outside last night and today. There is a roof over the porch, and I covered the crate with a vinyl tablecloth to keep her dry . . . I'm not terribly cruel! Today I called the vet's office, and they gave me a recipe for a homemade "de-skunk" bath.
1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent
2 fresh pints of hydrogen peroxide
1 cup baking soda
Mix it all together and cover her with it. Let it stay on her coat for 10 minutes and then rinse well.
The poor thing was freezing while we washed her with this concoction, but we rinsed her with nice warm water which seemed to make her feel better. I couldn't smell skunk on her anymore, so we rinsed out the crate too, and moved it back into the garage. I cranked up the heat out there so she'd dry out tonight. She goes to the groomer next week to get her "summer cut", and they'll give her another "skunk bath" to make sure it's all gone. Until then, she's banished from the house. With the house going on the market on Monday, we can't take any chances on having "funky smells" in here!
That brings me to our other update - we signed a contract with our selected Realtor last night!! By next Monday, our house will officially be "FOR SALE". Wow! It's kindof scary! Exciting, but scary, too!