See this pic ? Aren't they just soooo angelic ? HA!
That creature in front was the whole focus of my day today. As a hint, she's had 4 baths today - tell you anything ? Last night we went to bed and Alex just would not settle, she roamed, and whined and whined and whined and whined and whi...oh, sorry, where was I?... By 2:30am, neither DH or I had had many zzz's and I was aggravated to say the least. I went downstairs with both dogs and we had a 45 minute or so catnap then Alex decided she wanted to go out. No fuss, just one bark at the door.
I let her out, she did her thing AND THEN my little chihuahua went on point (she would have put our friend's german shorthaired pointer to shame LOL) I wasn't quick enough, the whole upcoming episode only took about 10 seconds I think...she raced, barking like crazy, to the bush about 30 feet away with Skippy in hot pursuit - by the time I saw the skunk it was too late, the smell hit me and I panicked and chased them both in the house (duh - in my defense it was my first experience with a spraying skunk). Skippy somehow managed to be out of shooting range and was fine but ALEX ! OMG the stench and I'd just let her in the HOUSE ! Thank goodness we don't have carpeting, only a couple of small mats.
Having NO idea what to do with this extremely stinky situation, I figured I'd better get her in the sink - soaped her up with her regular shampoo 3 times and it seemed to help. All but the top of her head. I'm so paranoid about getting anything in her eyes or ears, I didn't do a very thorough job. In hindsight, that was probably where she got blasted so I wouldn't have gotten much better results anyway.
DH went back to bed to see what sleep he could get before the alarm went off. He went to work, I stayed home. First order of business check online for 'what to do' information. Armed with many suggestions I headed to Walmart, peroxide, baking soda, bleach, candles, pet odour spray, you name it...if it was going to mask that smell, I bought it - I was in no mood to be picky :-)
So, today at any given point in time, every door and window in the house was open, candles were burning, the pet spray was sprayed on dog, fabric furniture, clothes and throughout the house, vinegar and water then water and spices were simmering on the stove.
I tried it all - if anyone is interested - none of it really worked except the pet spray. I sprayed my clothes, knitting tote bags (the in progress socks were in a tote, in another tote, in a plastic bag - no smell ! but yes, I would have sprayed the balls of yarn if I'd had to) and purse and hung them out on the clothesline - once the spray was dry, they were all skunk free.
Nope actually, I'm fibbing, her last bath was this evening in a peroxide, baking sode, dishwashing soap mixture and I'm still waiting to see if it worked.
The house? well, it's better, we'll be able to sleep - I think (hope) but certainly not skunk free. Apparently, from everything I looked up, it'll be 2-3 weeks before it's all gone. Oh, joy. I'm thrilled.
One good thing - with all those necessary baths I'm glad it was only one dog and the short haired one at that.
A day off work and absolutely nothing accomplished. My computer is in the sewing room and so I got nothing done...Alex was NOT spending the day laying in my little room filled with fabric.
Next post = sewing (maybe tomorrow, I've been working on the pics for this post since Saturday)