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post #21 of 26 Old 04-13-2013, 02:54 PM
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Heres my adventure from 2009:

Darling Husband heard a thump and said, "Did the dogs get left out?"

I said, "No, I thought they were in bed with you." So off he stumbles to check.....In the meanwhile I'm thinking, "It's 15 friggin degrees outside...oh man.....so I opened the slider to the screen room and WHOOSH 2 of the JRT's go tearing out the door and through their dog door out into the back yard.

About that time Husband comes back and says, "They WERE all inside." So I opened the slider to call the dogs back inside and WHAM, I got hit in the nostrils by the eau de skunk.........Dear Gawd A'mighty, does that spray HAVE to be that potent? Holy CRAP!!!!

I heard the dogs barking and fussing so grabbed a broom to beat the skunk with, cos ain't no way I'm grabbin the thing. Run out into the yard and start trying to corral the dogs. One ran back to the house and husband tossed her and the male dog into the garage while I tried to collect the 3rd one. Got her in the house and man! she REEKED! That skunk was dead accurate with his aim. Direct hit to the face and neck, could see the yellow stains of it in her fur. WHEW!

Got her in the sink and washed her down with baking soda and Dawn dish soap, didn't have peroxide but it worked ok. Dog doesn't smell half as bad as the rest of the house. Poor dog is drooling and barfing that stuff is sooo freakin nasty! So I washed her down good twice and rinsed her eyes out real good, he got her there too and started DH drying her off. Went and got the 2nd dog from the garage.......Sweet JAYSUS he got her even worse than the first dog. Repeated the bathing steps and rinsing the eyes.

I'm just waiting for Petco to open so I can go get the deodorizing stuff to scatter in the back yard........ Some nights just weren't meant for sleepin'........UGH!!!!!!!

Later that day:
Well, the high point of my day has been going to Petco and walking in the door to have 3 different clerks run, yes I mean RUN, up to me to ask if I need help finding the skunk deodorizers. I had JUST taken a shower and put on clean clothing........Yeah, that makes me feel real good......Farkin po'e cats!

And then later in 2011 while commiserating with another friend who was having skunk problems:

What I didn't follow up with was the fact that it was just the START of my wild critter problems. I forget how many possums, coons and skunks we ended up trapping that year, but it was a GROUP! They had dug underneath the steps of the back porch and tunneled under the Master Bedroom, Bath and Closet. So everytime we thought we'd got rid of them, nooooo, another one took their place. We finally dug up around the entire foundation of the house and put down hardware cloth and reburied it. Then we found someone had dug throught the siding of the house and had to tear out the siding and insulation and rewire.....****ed things were living under my bathtub too.

They stank up my entire closet, the bedroom, of course the entire house and to add insult to injury, my SHN jacket was RANK and it was in my TRUCK, never even got near a skunk.

Haven't had any trouble for a while now, but I've gotten plum deadly with my pistol if it's any of those groups of critters. Caught a possum in the cat food (I buy 80 lbs of cat food/week and keep it in a small garbage can) and I shot a hole smooth through the bottom of that can. FARKIN beasts! Then I found a bunch of possum babies, is there anything uglier than a baby possum? BRRRRRR!

Oh yeah, I now have a "De-skunking Shelf" in the pantry. There's a bottle of Dawn, 3 bottles of Peroxide and 3 boxes of baking soda. I don't care what we run out of, nobody is allowed to even THINK of using those ingredients.

Oh YEAH, those farkin' skunks are a gift that just KEEPS ON GIVING!
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post #22 of 26 Old 04-14-2013, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
One ran back to the house and husband tossed her and the male dog into the garage while I tried to collect the 3rd one.
I really thought you said he threw them in the garbage. I had to re-read it.....3 times until I actually understood what you were saying.

But our dog got sprayed in the face, on our front porch! The smell was a metallic smell that made you gag. it was awful! We tried everything to get rid of the smell but nothing worked all that well. Right now, I've got a skunk living under my barn and the 2 yro constantly smells like skunk because it lives right beside his stall. Will someone get rid of it already?! It's been there for 6 darn months.

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Donald, just wanted to say thanks for making my day. One of those hey someone has it worse than me at the moment kind of things.

I've never been sprayed myself but the dog and Jana, my old sorrel mare have both gotten it. Jana got herself sprayed 2 days before a show so she had to not smell so bad, her odorous self wouldn't have served me well in a showmanship class. Let me tell you, de-stinking a horse is a chore...lots and lots of peroxide and soda. Tried tomato juice but then she just smelled like a rotten tomato.

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When it comes to skunks vinegar is your friend. Or Peroxide.
Glad to make everyone laugh.
The saga is not over.
I was doing a group therapy session yesterday morning and the skunk smell just kept returning.
he must have walked around the yard and left deposits because my shoes had a faint trace of them.
My group members thought it was funny. Shalom
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Donald, please stay downwind......

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post #26 of 26 Old 04-14-2013, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Roadyy View Post
You ever accidentally gotten an armadillo cornered in the barn? If not then I hope you never do. That would have been just as easily been mistaken for a honey badger.

Raccoon are the same way when cornered. There was a story of an elderly lady that had a family of them on her back porch destroying her garbage. She proceeded out the door to swoosh them away with a broom. The pictures of her shredded from where they attacked her were horrific.
Since you mentioned Honey Badgers.....................
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