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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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Rafting and Caving

Last weekend, I went on my first organized social event outside of EPIK (the government program through which I applied to be a teacher).  I went with a group of about 65 westerners and Koreans, mostly Daegu locals, to a place called Bong-hwa.  We went rafting the first day, spent the night in a small town near the river, and then toured a famous cave on the way back to Daegu the second day.

Although the river was pretty tame, the rafting was a lot of fun.  I was fortunate to find myself in a boat with five people who made it exciting, even when we weren’t (accidentally) hitting rocks and nearly flipping.  Because the river guides didn’t speak much English, at least one bilingual Korean was placed in each bot.  We definitely lucked up in the translator department when 윤다정 (Da Jung) was placed in our group.  Unlike most Koreans who are reserved around westerners, she was outgoing and lively.  This allowed us to understand and interact with our guide, who was a lot of fun, too.

The rafting was a blast, but my favorite part was the cookout later that night.  The entire group gathered for a great meal that included pork, shrimp, hot dogs, and an “all-you-can-drink” supply of beer.  The organizers’ definition of “all-you-can-drink” isn’t the same as ours, so we ran out pretty early.  It probably didn’t help that the group included at least a dozen members of Daegu’s Gaelic (Irish) Football team.  Fortunately, there was a store in walking distance with beer and soju.

The next morning, we woke up and drove to a cave called 단양고수 (Danyang Gosu).  The cave tour was a lot of fun…for the first fifteen minutes.  The last half hour of the cave tour got a bit repetitive – it basically became a long walk underground.  On a positive note, it gave us a nice long break from the sweltering heat and humidity above ground.  Unfortunately, the cave tour came too late for me – I smelled pretty horrible before we got to the cave.  I feel awful for the poor girl who had to sit next to me all day on the bus.  If she noticed, she was pretty damn polite.

I can’t wait for the next trip.  It’s a great way to meet new people and have a fun weekend without hemorrhaging money.  Enjoy the pictures!

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Until next time.

-Taft

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