09 March 2017

poor {stinky} evelyn.


uPdATe :::::

i called our vet and spoke with a tech in the office ... seems that tomato juice doesn't always do the job and in evelyn's case - with her massive and longish fur she'd turn pinkish but still stink. was advised to pick up a product called "skunk off" which of course there was none to be found in our general area but i could purchase it online and it'd be here in 2-3 business days. swell. not. the nearest pet supply store opens at 9am so at 8:40 i left the house and stopped by Peet's Coffee for a cup of liquid life and a lemon scone. i've no idea how many 'smartpoints' that lemon scone was but it sure was delicious in response to an emotional trigger. it was consumed and felt like a brick in my tummy. sigh. i sat outside in the sunshine enjoying my coffee because the skunk odor had permeated our kitchen and living area.....ugh. one more issue to deal with. drove to the pet store and was directed to the skunk be gone shampoo section. bought said product and drove home, clicked evie's leash to her collar (she's not one for bathies) and got to work. have to leave it in for 5 minutes at which time she shook, spraying me with water and skunk be gone shampoo. at the end of the first bathing i don't know who got more wet. and get this... 2 more bathies after that. and you know what? she's actually smelling quite sweet save for her nose area - where remains the scent of stink. BUT! she's smelling sweeter by the hour and i do believe may be allowed indoors by evening. four bathies in all, the first being a hydrogen peroxide-dawn dishsoap-baking soda concoction. as for the house, our whole house fan was on all day and along with a lovely scented candle (thanks to Ann at Tarnished Royalty for the tip!) burning all day it almost smells welcoming! be glad i didn't invite you over for dinner tonight. wink. 

and there you have it .. nearly the end of the story.

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in the early morning hours as i was sipping liquid life while comfy on the couch, i heard a growl from evelyn, another short growl, then nothing. hm. looking out the sliding glass door there my sweet pooch stood, looking terribly bewildered and worse for wear. then? the smell. oh dear the smell was wafting in the house even with the doors and windows closed! my poor fur girl had been SKUNKED!!! i quickly got online and checked out natural remedies, made a hydrogen peroxide-baking soda-dish liquid concoction, and grabbing towels and rubber gloves, made our way out of doors to take to task this horrible doing. oh...and yes, i woke the mister of the house and he sprung into action. though breathing only through my mouth the odor was (and is) absolutely horrendous. poor poor evie. pooooorrr evie girlie. round 1 of de-skunking is done. can't yet let her into the house. when the pet store opens .. at 9am .. 9am?! don't they know what just happened to my darling dog? never thought it'd happen to her. never. rude skunk. what earthly good are they anyway?! i'm thinking they're NO good whatsoever. nope. nada. zip. 

anyway, when the pet store opens i'll buy some heavy duty de-skunk stuff that'll hopefully rid my precious of the putrid odor. poor baby. the scent lingers inside - mainly in the living room and kitchen. oh. wonderful. not.  sigh sigh sigh... gagging ... hurl.


26 comments:

  1. Oh pew. Sounds like a really good excuse to go out and buy a wonderfully scented candle.

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    1. oh gosh .. it's so putrid. sooooo bad. :(
      candle. CANDLE!!!!!!!!!! you're a genius!

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  2. What got me first is the name Evelyn, as it is the beautiful name of my daughter, haha. I am soooo sorry about the skunk! How awful! :-(

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    1. the odor ......... sooooooooooooooo bad.
      on way soon to pet store for serious stuff.
      evelyn anne {sugar pie} is her full name. :) ♥

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  3. We had success, or as much success as one can have, with a good soaking in tomato...products. Alas, most folks call for tomato juice, which I do not keep in my pantry, oh, but tomato sauce! I have lots of that. The key is to let it soak into the fur for several minutes before rinsing out and then shampooing as normal. Be advised, no matter what you do, there will be a slight, lingering "skunkiness" for several days.

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    1. after 4 washings she's smelling SO much better, poor thing.

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  4. Not fun at all. Skunks stink to high heaven. Hope you get the smell out of your furr baby. Don't know if there's any truth to this or not, but have heard to place pet in tub full of tomato juice to get the smell out. Not sure how much juice that would take, but would think it would be lots. All the best to you during this adventure.
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    1. i'm posting an update to the saga...

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  5. Eewwwww!!! So sorry for you all!!! We do not have skunks where i live, thankfully!!! But, growin up we sure did!!! Nasty prolific nasty in a bundle a fur!! One time we camped with an italian couple in the Smokey Mnts and we were cookin super round 10ish (at night!! we were young!!) And a whole pack a skunks came to claim some a that chicken!! One was albino (pretty cool lookin)!! Well our friend G. did not know what these critters were and began to swat them away from the grill with a broom!!! We went to hollerin *NO*. We , by some sweet mercy, did not get sprayed!!! But, glory how we laughed tryin to tell G. what he nearly got himself into!!! Anywho, did you find help for that precious pup??~ tammy

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    1. oh my goodness!!!!!! lol
      yes, help was found .. posting an update.

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    2. So grateful there is help out there!! Grateful you all got some relief from the stink!!! I know she was so very grateful too!!! Lemon scones...sounds like some sunshine in a pastry!!

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    3. my fur girlie slept INdoors last night and is nearly perfectly sweet smelling and SO content. ♥

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    1. oh my goodness .. you have NO idea. sigh.
      SO glad that's over. this morning evie refused to go outside to be fed until i checked things out and deemed them safe! the hubs boarded up areas where a smallish animal could get in/under. so thankful.

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  7. So glad poor Evie (and you) have had some relief from that terrible, most horrible, smell! I'd keep a gallon of the skunk-off stuff on hand. Just in case. That will keep the skunks away if they know you have the remedy!
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. skunks are rude. and i'm still questioning their
      positive earthly involvement. hmfph.

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  8. That is terrible! Luckily we haven't seen any skunks around, but with possums, coons and foxes they are sure to be close by. No doubt at all that if a skunk came near we'd be in the same boat as you. I hope this hard work on your part pays off and Evelyn and your backyard will smell like a garden again soon.

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    1. all is nearly hunky dory peachy keen this morning. ♥♥♥

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  9. So glad you found something for Evelyn to take for the skunk smell, how awful. Hydrogen Peroxide has many health benefits, and I bet that scented candle in the house sure helped. She looks like she wants to come inside. It won't be long, Evelyn. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. she was allowed entrance inside last evening..! whew. what a day!!! today she still has a bit of scent but it's barely there. thankful for that. poor dear.

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  10. So, so glad that she is now smelling sweet again and so is the house! We never had an issue with our dogs and skunks thankfully!

    Bless you that was a lot of work to de-scent the dear girl!

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    1. skunks aren't my favorite mammal.
      not by a long shot. grrr.

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  11. No! Oh, no! Poor Evie and poor you! Glad to know, though, that it is nearly over. I agree with Adrienne. Keep a gallon of Skunk Be Gone (or whatever it's called) in your arsenal! Hugs, Nancy

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    1. little tidbit learned while scrubbing evie with skunk be gone shampoo: *it bleaches the pavement ... and your clothing.* :/

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  12. Glad things are rectified! Best to keep a bottle on hand, but oh dear, I hope it never happens again!

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    1. she's just the slightest bit 'wiffy' at this point in time. and every morning i turn on the outside lights and scout the area before she'll even step outside. she's a bit wary. ;)

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