There once was a vacationing girl, sleeping deeply on her aunt’s couch in Colorado. Something odd tickled her nose, nostrils flaring as she awoke grimacing. Someone had let the dog back in. Our dog. Skunked. Said dog had long beautiful fur, a Wolf/Huskie mix of carmel and white. Every single hair fiber seemed to be saturated with the calling card of Peppi LePue. Every common remedy was tried, including the famed ineffective tomato juice bath. What a lasting memory to drive 500 miles home with this stinky pet crowded in next to me on my seat. At least 30 years later just the slightest hint of skunk in the air turns my sniffer up with repulsion. And they are so cute. Go figure. With spring upon us, pets will be going outside once again. Country Living magazine ran an article in March 2010 by veterinarian Rob Sharp. Here is his solution should your pet get sprayed.
“Mix a 32-ounce bottle of hydrogen peroxide with a quarter cup of baking soda and two teaspoons of liquid dish detergent, and apply to your pet’s wet coat. Let the solution stay on the dog’s hair for five to 10 minutes, then rinse well and repeat, if needed. This recipe usually works like a charm. And if you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned tomato juice here, that’s because it doesn’t work.”