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Dog vs. Skunk

I find that cleaning up after a skunk attack is not unlike cleaning up after a murder. You have to be meticulous; a single drop of skunk oil can cause immeasurable suffering. Ask me how I know.

 

Cleaning up a room after a skunk spray.

Notice the absence of rugs, the candles burning, the mop, the electric floor scrubber, and the fan. In hindsight, the candles and the fan were like bringing a cup of water to a forest fire.

 

My dog apparently mistook a visiting skunk for her arch-nemesis, Rocky the Raccoon. Rocky steals her food, digs through the trash and stares at her through the window with that smug look that all raccoons have. So when the dog saw a small black animal in the back yard, she pounced.

I never heard spray, but it didn’t take long for me to understand what happened. The dog ran directly into the living room and slid face-first onto the (expensive) rug. A second later, she was rubbing the other side of her face across a different rug. I noticed the long oily streaks on the rug at the same time that the overwhelming smell hit me.

Step 1 – Lock the dog outside.

Dog was sprayed by a skunk.

This is her new home for the foreseeable future.

Step 2 – Use paper towels to soak up oil from the fur.

Soak up skunk oil with paper towel.

She was happy to have someone rub the oil away from her eyes.

Step 3 – Remove everything that she touched. EVERYTHING!

Step 4 – Wash the dog.

 

Washing a german shepherd dog after a skunk spray.

By the third wash, she was over it.

Step 5 – Shower.

A day later and the smell is starting to fade. I still get whiffs of it a few times an hour. I’m beginning to locate the sources. My briefcase was too close to the action, so it still smells like skunk. My dad, who flew to china 8 hours after this episode, said that his watch band soaked up some of the oil.

After some research, we learned that tomato soup does nothing to get rid of skunk smell. There is, however, a recipe that is said to do wonders. It’s a mix of baking soda, 3% hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. If it works, I’ll be sure to follow up here and let you know.

Have you ever had a run in with a skunk? Were you able to get rid of the smell? Leave a comment and tell me about your experience.

Until next time.

-Taft

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Yummy?

All of my classes are canceled today, thanks to some sort of test.  I’ve been bored all morning, surfing the internet and catching up on my cyber-stalking.  I clicked on a Korean friend’s profile picture, and almost died laughing.  Mr. Kim just couldn’t understand what was so funny….

Until next time.

-Taft

 

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When I Spell A Word…

When I spell out a word during a conversation, don’t say it out loud.  Seems obvious, right?  Apparently not.  I’ll explain.

My dog Kali and I went for a walk at a park near my parents’ house today.  As part of our routine, we ended with some obedience training. I put her in a stay on one end of a field and walked across to the other end to find a hiding spot where she can’t see me.  Occasionally, this gets people’s attention because most people can’t get their dogs to stay for more than about five seconds.  This exercise requires a minimum of three to five minutes.

As I reached the other end of the field, a woman came over to me and asked where my dog was.  We passed this woman earlier on the walking trail.  I pointed across the field to where Kalie was waiting.  It took her a minute, as the dog was almost 200 yards away, but she finally realized that the black spot on the other end of the field was Kalie.

The woman told me that she was amazed that the dog listened so well, and that her dog would never be so obedient.  I spared her the lecture and simply told her that it’s all about consistency.  She asked me to call the dog over to meet her, so I agreed and released Kalie.  She came over and sat down next to me as I spoke to the woman.

Our conversation was as follows:

Woman: How do you get her to do what you say?  My dog never does what I tell him.

Me: It’s all about discipline and consistency.

Woman: Do you use any training aids or food to reward her?

Me: No.  When she was a puppy, I went away from using T-R-E-A-T-S.

Woman: Treats?  You don’t use treats?  I always bring treats.

Really?  Really, lady?  Did you think I was practicing for a spelling bee?  Maybe you thought I like to randomly choose words to spell, you know, just to spice up a conversation.

The reason I spell the word “treat” is because Kalie immediately starts trying to find them.  She knows that I used to keep them in my pocket when I trained her, so I finished my walk being nose-raped by a German Shepherd.  Every time I quit paying attention, she stuck her snout directly in my pocket.

So, thanks lady, for letting me know that I had just spelled the word “treat”.  You owe me a new pair of shorts and my dignity.

Until next time.

-Taft

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