Last Friday before school, I was walking the dogs through the woods when I saw a little critter walking ahead of us. A critter who looked a lot like a skunk.
Friday was the day of my classroom observation. An observation that had been rescheduled twice due to snow days. All I could think was...I'm going to have to reschedule again, because I'm gonna get sprayed by a skunk. Who would believe that?
I kept a good distance, and nervously (OK, I was freaking out) made my way home, unscathed.
Then, the past two mornings when I let the dogs out, the skunk has been walking our fence line. This morning, Chewy was within 10 feet of him, and following the skunk's every move!
Flower was moseying along without a care in the world.
Really? The mad, barking, lunatic dog doesn't scare you, or at least pick up your step a little?
Oh yes, Flower knows that only dogs are dumb enough to try and get close to him.
According to Wikipedia, all other species know better ~"Most predatory animals of the Americas, such as wolves, foxes and badgers, seldom attack skunks, presumably out of fear of being sprayed. The exceptions are dogs, reckless predators whose attacks fail once they are sprayed".
I was screaming my head off, rattling the treat jar, running back and forth (without shoes!), trying everything to get Chewy away from the fence (while still keep myself a mile away from the skunk).
Apparently, in the past two days, Chewy has gone deaf, and can no longer hear me.
What was I thinking, getting him the "skunk" chase it toy????? Nothing like teaching your dog to chase a skunk on a rope, and grab its tail! Brilliant Sara.
I read that skunks do not spray other skunks, so I am not worried about Oreo, who is practically a relative.
I am worried about the reckless, deaf one.
If it weren't for our fence, I know my wild one would be living in our garage right now.
Time to prepare for the worst.
Everything I know about skunk odor removal I learned from The Brady Bunch. Not necessarily a good source.
My vet gave me a skunk bath recipe. I went out and purchased plenty of ingredients.
I thought I'd share it, in case any of you are ever in need of removing noxious fumes from you beloved reckless predator:
SKUNK BATH RECIPE
-2 TBLS Dawn dish soap
-1/2 cup baking soda
-2 bottles of peroxide
Let sit 10 minutes before rinsing out. (Hopefully that doesn't mean the reckless one has to sit for ten minutes, because that isn't happening).
Hopefully I never have to use it.