PEW!! Can you guys smell that?
It's 10:30: PM. I am getting the household settled for the night, I am tired and so ready for sleep, but before I could call it a night I had to take Lucy outside. I heard the growl, then snarling, OMG, called her back, it's pitch black out there, I can't see a thing! She came back. YAY! A moment later I smell skunk. Oooh crap!! I checked Lucy, smelled nothing, thought we had dodged a bullet, so in the house we went...two seconds into the house it hit. Imagine my surprise to discover that she had been completely sprayed by a skunk. OMGosh!!!!!!!!!!!!! How could I not smell it on her BEFORE I let her in the house?! Apparently I had been so skunked along with Lucy that I could no longer detect it on her. Okay...UCKY UCK!!!!!!!!!
There was Tom's blend of peroxide, baking soda and dish detergent to bathe the dog in, then a second bath to clean off that cleaning solution and (finally) with that the washing away the lovely aroma of skunk. Still had to dry the dog the best that I could before depositing her in a crate, less then comfy nighttime accommodations. Lucy doesn't usually spend her nights shivering and frightened. To add insult to injury she is banished to the basement where she has never had to spend a night. This was probably worse for her than the skunk and bath.
And the house...I managed to fill the house with skunk stink while I was taking care of Lucy. Oh for Pete's sake, what was I thinking? Much floor cleaning, airing out the house, washing myself, the shower, bathroom and loads of rugs, towels, anything and everything that Lucy and I came in contact with needed cleaning. Was 2:00 AM when we headed off to bed, thinking the problem was under control and feeling exhausted...but I could still smell skunk! The scent was in my throat and nose ~ I cannot say UCK!!! enough.
We did finally get some sleep, only to wake up to continue the cleaning of towels, etc. To my great joy and relief we woke to a morning where we can throw open every single window to let the cool air finish airing our house. Lucy is now content with her breakfast and is sound asleep in her favorite sunny spot by the door. Tom has his feet up, he's reading the paper and wondering if his legs can possibly swell to a larger size? He's doing well, I think, he's not sure...
I am overdone, still smelling a skunk, but satisfied that all will be set straight by the end of this day. All I really want is to curl up in my favorite sunny spot, to enjoy a cup of tea and maybe a little snooze...move over Lucy!
PS: This is the second time Lucy has been sprayed this summer...no, they never learn their lesson about skunks!