Yesterday, Dan and I started off with what we thought would be the perfect balance for a good day. A little work, a little play, fall into bed exhausted.
In the morning, we worked in the yard until the heat drove us inside. Then, I got a lot accomplished at my desk and caught up with some work stuff. At about mid-afternoon we got ready to meet our friends Rick and Pam downtown for a bite to eat before going to the Rockies game. It was a hot day and the crowds at the stadium were thick, but a cool breeze made it enjoyable. By the time we got on the bus to go home, we were both pretty exhausted. We arrived home at 10:30, and since Lilly had been in the house for such a long period of time, I decided to sit on the back deck while she scouted around the yard.
Within a few minutes, she was behind the shed, barking like a crazy dog, and then she came bounding up to the porch, shaking her head, eyes watering with a look on her face that said, “What the . . . ?”
And the stench that came with her was unbearable. She’d gone head to head with Pepe le Pew, the neighborhood skunk!
Before I could stop her, Lilly ran into the house. I followed, shrieking at her to “Get out!!!” and she ran straight for the bedroom where Dan was just dozing off. His nose began to twitch and he sat straight up in bed with the same look Lilly had when she came out behind the shed. Only he said it, “What the *%$@??!!!”
The two of us quick got her back outside. Dan turned on the fan and pointed it out the front door (closing up the back, because the backyard was filled with the stench), and I was Googling “dog, skunk, sprayed.” We were both so tired, we were tempted to put her in the garage for the night, but according to the sources I found, the more quickly you target the odor, the better.
So Dan made a trip to the store for hydrogen peroxide, while I gathered baking soda, dish soap, a bucket, gloves and a rag. Then I set a pot of vinegar on the stove to boil.
By a stroke of good luck, Lilly didn’t brush up against anything in the house, or go rubbing her face all over the carpet as she is prone to do sometimes. The offensive odor was airborne. But, it reeks unbearably when you are THAT close – it's nothing like smelling a skunk from a distance.
Fortunately, today is a very cool day, with a constant breeze. We have the house wide open, ceiling fans, floor fans are humming, and the smell has diminished considerably. Following the instructions on thisYoutube video, I have bowls of vinegar throughout the house, and it has really helped. The woman suggests doing this for a couple of days, then follow it up with bowls of ground coffee.
The hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/dish soap remedy worked like a charm. Lilly is back to her sweet self sans the odor! I think we'll keep her.