Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gangsta Skunks

One of the hazards of living in the boondocks is the threat of attacks by angry woodland gangsters. They prey upon their naiive domesticated mammalian relatives who have not been educated to the signs of gang symbolism.

Those of us who are worldly know the signs. The colors: white on black with the stripes starting at the head and ending at the tail. The stripes can vary from single to double to the triple threat. We see the stripes, we turn and walk away. We know that if we leave them alone they will probably leave us alone.

Unfortunately, the naive golden retriever has been sheltered from these thicket thugs. She does not recognize the colors, she perceives a lifted tail as an invitation. She sniffs. It sprays. She is hit point blank in the face. The older, wiser, half-border collie Fiona is grazed but escapes the major assault.

I have been informed of the attack by my husband. The victims were sentenced to the garage for the day. I must deal with them at day end.

My vet recommended Nature's Miracle is all but empty. I consult the internets.

The first thing I find is DO NOT USE TOMATO JUICE! Please tell me where that tradition/urban mythology/old wives wisdom/rumor came from? I used tomato juice once, decades ago. It did not work AT ALL. The result was a dog matted with sticky red goo and a lingering skunk aroma.

On the internets I found the best remedy ever! 2 quarts of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 2 tsp. dish detergent. This neutralized the odor almost immediately! There is a faint skunky smell, but the dogs are tolerable. The most tolerable they have been under such an attack.

11 comments:

Deanna Dorman said...

We tried tomato juice my dog when I was a teenager! I think it was from an episode of The Brady Bunch. At least that's where I learned it. Glad to hear that the internet is more informed on the topic that 70s sitcoms. haha Great story, Anita. I hope things are smelling better soon. :)

neetzy said...

Thanks Deanna,

I think tomato juice is the worst remedy ever. It is just deeply ingrained into our psyche. Maybe it is the Brady Bunch to blame. I got the suggestion on Facebook today.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Aww, poor baby. She doesn't look too happy. I'm hoping she's smelling better soon. When our lab was sprayed by a skunk, my husband and I weren't home so the kids kept her in the basement. She thought she was being punished. When we got home we washed her down with tomato juice. I don't know how the smell every left. Probably from giving her five baths in a row after that.

neetzy said...

Janelle,

I think you could eventually get the juice out of a lab's coat. I tried it on a very long-haired keeshond. What a mess!

dive said...

That pesky Pepe le Pew! I must say, Neetzy, the advice to cover your skunked pooch in tomato juice is hilarious. That visual image will stay with me as long as a spray of skunk juice but will make me giggle a whole lot more.

neetzy said...

Dive!

Welcome back! We were all worried about you. Not that I have been faithfully blogging, but you have been so much better at it lately!

Pepe used his charms on our poor Freja. I guess the tomato juice is a U.S. thing. I am still trying to find someone to blame for that stupid remedy.

dive said...

I once told my ex. sister-in-law that red beetroot juice was a great stain remover. I didn't take into account the fact that she's pretty dumb (she has a teeshirt that reads "Natural Blonde - Please Speak Slowly") and I got a right bollocking when she actually tried it.
People! Sheesh.

neetzy said...

HAW HAW! love it! I still have not found the origin of the tomato juice remedy. It seems that it was either from the Brady Bunch or the Partridge Family! Talk about credibility!

Maria said...

I say we torture a Brady....

neetzy said...

Which one Maria? I think Marcia!

L. D. Burgus said...

I am so sorry about the black and white event. I am sure dogs find that very confusing. I hope all is better now.