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November 1, 2007

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skunk, originally uploaded by aquave1vet and shared through a Creative Commons license.

Trick-or-treating went very well — lots of friends, lots of candy, lots of fun.

But a trick awaited us at home: our dog Emily got skunked!

Thank heavens I’d stocked up on hydrogen peroxide for my safer, gentler cleaning routine — I used a gallon of it on her, along with baking soda and dish soap, then followed it up with a wash in dog shampoo.

The peroxide/baking soda mixture works amazingly well — Emily was essentially odor-free after just one wash. It just took me awhile to realize that the one spot of elusive scent that remained was on her snout.

Swabbing down the bathroom, then using odor-neutralizing spray throughout the house capped off the trick. We went to bed smelling not exactly like roses, but not of skunk, either. A good thing, too, as Emily sleeps on my pillow.

Please note that this cute fellow is not my skunk. I didn’t get a picture myself; this one is from Aquave1vet on flickr.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2007 4:53 pm

    And will Miss Em make this mistake again? Glad you had the ingredients for “skunk off” but not glad you posted that skunk picture – I’m hoping for pictures of some kids I know in their Halloween garb! HINT!

  2. November 5, 2007 7:48 pm

    I’m kind of glad you didn’t take the photo of the skunk! I’d hate to hear of you taking a bath in peroxide. I am glad to hear of the skunk off recipe. Thanks!

  3. November 9, 2007 1:03 am

    I’m glad you found and decided to use my pic. The thing about skunks is, they really don’t care if you’re near them because, hey, they’re skunks.

  4. November 16, 2007 11:56 pm

    Gag! I hope that never happens to any of my dogs!I’d probably throw up! šŸ˜¦

  5. November 25, 2007 6:47 pm

    Poor Emily!! Really cute skunk pic you borrowed :)Saw your post on Ravelry-Michigan Knit. If you are still looking for a good home for that Pfaff give me a shout.

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