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.
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.