Sam Vs. Skunkboy

No good can come from this scenario…

And, sure enough…it didn’t. 

This past Sunday night when I took little Sam out for her before-bed pee, as I was opening the back door, she bolted out.  I knew she had spied something (she doesn’t act like that unless she sees something to pursue) but I didn’t know what.  It wasn’t until I had the door fully open that I was able to see:  Sam was nose-to-nose with a skunk!  “Saaaaam…!!! @#-it, Sam!”  But there was nothing I could do.   Sam’s deaf so I couldn’t get her attention by yelling for her.  And so the inevitable happened.  I saw Sam turn away from her new little friend, shaking her head and gagging.  To say she smelled bad is an understatement.  While Sam rolled in the grass to get the stink off, I called to my husband through the window to tell him Sam had just got skunked.  Not suprisingly, he had the same reaction I initially did.  I got a hose and began washing off her face, her mouth and her eyes.  Paul came out with a towel, picked her up and whooshed her inside to the bathtub.  While he was with her, I called a vet who gave me a formula for bathing the skunk off of her.  I then went out to get the ingredients, came back and gave her another bath.  Now, the above sounds like it went fairly smoothly and all, given the circumstances, hmmm?  Well, no.  Everybody was in a panic.  I wasn’t sure what to do or if Sam was in harm’s way with the spray in her mouth and eyes.  My husband was very upset and telling me to call a vet and mentioning ingredients to get that I didn’t even know what they were.  It was 10:30 on a Sunday night and I had to locate a vet and find supplies.  I drove all over the West Island for an hour, looking for an open pharmacy or grocery store that would have what I needed.  I got stuck several times waiting at the longest red lights while time ticked by.  I was upset and cried from time to time.  It was a bit of a rough night, though funny, now that it’s over. Ha.

But, hey, now I know what to do if someone or something I know gets skunked.  There’s no need to panic.  Just rinse off the skunk smell as much as possible with water (particularly the eyes and mouth).  Then assemble a forumula of:  1 pint (or quart) peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 tablespoon dishwashing soap.  Lather up with that and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse.  Then do a shampoo and rinse.  Monday morning, Sam and I went to the Village vet’s store and bought some skunk-rid shampoo and lotion.  I used that on her (the shampoo) and she seems to be smelling okay for the most part.

Since then, a little research has turned up some other concoctions for ridding an animal of skunk smell.  Of course there the ol’ tomato juice formula, but I hear that’s a real mess.  A number of people swear that using douches works wonders.  Wierd, but makes sense.  Here’re some related links:

Removing skunk from your dog

Same formula but how to not cause and explosion.  Oops.  I did put it in a sealed container and, they’re right!  It will explode!  Just thought I’d test that out for ya…

And a good article that also tells you how to get the skunk out of your clothes.

8 Responses to Sam Vs. Skunkboy
  1. Lil
    August 16, 2006 | 1:25 pm
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    Poor Sam… Poor you, running around the west island looking for ingredients. Poor me, spitting laughing in the middle of the office…

  2. suzanne
    August 16, 2006 | 6:28 pm
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    Gosh, what an awful situation…but it sure does make for a funny story and illustration! Sam…what a terrific muse.

  3. Paula
    August 16, 2006 | 9:20 pm
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    Lil: Well, glad I could give you a little chuckle, there. : ) We’re all back to normal now though. Sammy’s back home so the stink is as the inlaws. Appreciate your comment!

    Suzanne: Yes, something out of the ordinary. Thankfully everyone is okay and it wasn’t serious so it can be funny now. Thanks for commening!

  4. Cin
    August 18, 2006 | 7:07 am
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    oh dear, poor poor Sam! of all times for her to suddenly feel like going out to play!

  5. Jana Bouc
    August 21, 2006 | 1:04 pm
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    How perfect that it comes right after the “Play” illo! I’m so glad I never had to deal with that–I’d be panicking too. My old dog loved to roll in anything dead rotten or stinky though, so I had my share of bathing off repulsive odors. Sam is adorable and your drawings of him are so charming!

  6. Paula
    August 21, 2006 | 10:26 pm
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    Cin: No kidding! I think she thought it was a fancy squirrel and would run. So when it didn’t and just stood it’s ground, she wasn’t sure what to do. Poor puppy. I can still smell skunk and it’s been a week now.

    Jana: Why do dogs like to do that?! All the dogs I know are drawn to rotting animal carcasses, poo, pee, etc. Odd little creatures. Not so the cats I’ve had. Hmmm! Take care of your back when you bath your stinky dog!

  7. kimC
    August 24, 2006 | 3:16 pm
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    Poor Sam. (I am sorry to laugh … I am sure it wasn’t funny while it was happening … but the illos nose to nose … well …. )

  8. PAT T
    October 18, 2006 | 7:15 am
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    Tis a very nasty smell…pooor sam…my dog Buffy went through a close encounter a couple a years ago … she was a lovely pink where she was once white for a while …. did she learn her lesson … no way… on my way out to get peroxide and baking soda right now …. that worked the best last time …. I hope she and all dogs will clue into the fact these furry black and white things pack a nasty stink….take care all