Yesterday was just “one of THOSE days” – beginning to end.
I woke up at 4 a.m. feeling like I was drowning…a major rattle in my lungs, a sore throat and an achy ear. At least its just the ear and throat that are sore…so its not Swine Flu. Cursing people who come into the office when they are sick just to spread germs, off I went to the office (somehow that twisted logic made sense at the time).
By mid-morning I sounded like a bellows, couldn’t concentrate, so off to the doctor, and once again I have a case of bronchitis. Hopefully, caught early enough that it won’t sideline me for too long. It’s been two years since the last bout, so I thought I was doing pretty good!
Came home to hack and cough and hopefully prevent the spread of this too far, investing in hand sanitizer to try and protect Tim, and making a vat of chicken soup to try and boil this out of me.
I basically spent the day hacking and coughing till about 9 p.m. at which point I decided to bring in the dogs. Off leash. Big mistake.
The first four came in with a minimum of fuss. Dolly, Hunter, Dragoon and Jaime. Good kids!
On the road there were a few cars just past my fenceline on the side of the road. It was misty and their voices were carrying – it sounded like someone had a breakdown. I let Chip and Libby out of the kennel…and they ran to the fence barking. I assumed it was at the voices – since it isn’t a usual occurence to hear people on our road.
It wasn’t what they were barking at. Next thing I know they are frantic and barking and jumping back and forth. I bang on the side of the woodshed to get their attention and they come running up to the house. But what was that shadow I saw run in front of the barn….and worse WHAT’S THAT SMELL?!?!?!? (Score: Skunk 2, Dogs 0)
Lessons learned in dealing with skunks.
Lesson #1 – Confine the dogs somewhere out of doors. Do not put them in the garage!! The garage is now going to take a week of airing out to get rid of the smell. (Skunk 3, Dogs 0)
Lesson #2 – know where your supplies are. I will now invest in an industrial sized bottle of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to have on hand. I have never had a skunk issue before in the 8 years I’ve lived here. I remember Chris buying a bottle of skunk shampoo, “just in case”, and since just in case hasn’t happened, I have no idea where it is. I knew of the peroxide/baking soda/dish soap mixture for deskunking – finding the peroxide was a challenge. It had migrated from where I usually kept it.
Lesson #3 – have the recipe handy.
For those who don’t have it (like I didn’t last night!!)
What you need
* 1 quart (or liter) of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, H2O2.
Use fresh (unopened) hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide eventually turns into water (H2O).
* 1/4 cup (50 ml.) of Baking Soda
* 1 teaspoon (5 ml.) of Liquid Soap
* 1 pair of plastic or latex gloves
* Bathe the dog outside or, if it’s too dark or cold, in the bathroom with the door closed and window opened.
* Combine the ingredients in an open container (do not store in a sealed bottle–it will explode).
* Using gloves, wash your dog with lukewarm water and the mixture while the mixture is bubbling. Work the mixture well into the fur.
* Be sure to concentrate on the area that was sprayed.
* Keep mixture away from your dog’s face and eyes (it’s a harsh solution). (If your dog has been sprayed in the face, try Tricotine Liquid Douche Concentrate or any over-the-counter douche.)
* Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes or so before rinsing off.
* Rinse the dog with lukewarm tap water. Don’t wash the mixture into your dog’s eyes (use a washcloth to cover the eyes if you’re rinsing the head).
* After bathing, check your dog’s eyes. If they are red and watering, your dog may have taken a direct hit in the face. Skunk spray won’t blind the dog, but it’s very painful. Contact a vet.
How it works
Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, when combined, become a “chemical engine” for churning out oxygen. That’s why it has to be used immediately after mixing. The soap breaks up the oils in the skunk spray, allowing the other ingredients to do their work.
So I sponged this mixture all over the two of them – mostly their faces got hit. I guess with the two of them going at it from different angles it couldn’t just take aim at one which was a bit of a blessing.
So, here I was, hacking over the tub, trying to bathe the two brats, getting myself soaked in the process. When they were done the odor still lingered – on ME!! (Skunk 4, Dogs 0).
I got told that I stunk and sent to the shower Sweat suit was immediately subjected to washing, and will have a second washing this morning before I attempt to dry it and blow the smell further through the house.
So far the only lasting damage is to the garage and my ego. When I let out the dogs at 5 am they all went into a secure pen to do their business. No yard time until I make sure there isn’t a dead or injured skunk in there!
After all that I tried to sleep in the easy chair last night so I didn’t feel like I was drowning. I realized my house and dogs make a lot of noise throughout the night Puppies groan, the water softener recharges at 4 a.m…….. Sleep+easy chair are two phrases not to be used in the same sentence, at least as far as I am concerned. “Other people” seem to have no problems sleeping in it at all!