Thursday, August 31, 2006

Little stinker

Dear Clary B.,

If you happen to see another stinky black and white critter in the yard, please don't chase it.


Clara endures a midnight bath of tomato juice on our front porch. Poor puppy!


Blogger Clementine said...

Clary looks so very traumatized in this photo that I feel obligated to say that she's absolutely fine. She's a little smelly around her face, but she's just fine. I promise!

Here's what happened: I was eating a v. late dinner when I got up to let Clara out for the last pee of the night. I'd just taken my seat again when a wave of skunk stench hit me. I ran for the door, hoping to call Clara inside before she had a Close Encounter of the Skunky Kind. But it was TOO LATE! The poor thing rushed up onto the porch as I called for her; her eyes were bloodshot, she was foaming at the mouth, she was shaking her head, pawing at her face, and licking her lips. Also, she REEKED. I knew she'd gotten skunked, so I yelled upstairs for help from Petunia.

Petunia put Clara on a leash while I called the vet hospital. They said to wash out her eyes with a saline solution and to check her for signs of a blood disorder that dogs can get from skunk spray (huh?). We did all that and Clara was acting much better, but she still smelled like evil.

Petunia ran out to the store for skunk shampoo and tomato juice while I stayed home on the porch with Clara. During that time, I tried hard not to puke, but my eyes watered like crazy and I dry heaved a lot. Turns out there's regular skunk stench, and then there's the epicenter of skunk stench. The latter is *much* worse than the former. While I waited, I called my dad to ask him what Dr. Google, DVM suggests for skunky dogs. Dad found a hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/dishsoap volcanic combo, so I called Petunia and asked her to pick up some hydrogen peroxide, too.

When Petunia got home, we bathed Clara. EIGHT TIMES. We did the volcanic combo first and it worked like a charm; it probably worked well because it BURNED THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF ALL 3 OF US. You didn't mention that, Dr. Google. But we followed up with a lovely tomato juice soak for the 3 of us, and that was much more comfortable. It's a good thing Clary likes the water hose, cuz she went nuts getting hosed off after each bath.

We pulled out her old kennel from the shed and made her sleep in it last night; she didn't fuss at all. She was so tired by then--skunk stench really takes it out of you! But her eyes are fine today, and her coat is soft and lovely. She's only a bit musky around her face, but we're going to let her be. She went through enough last night, wouldn't you say?

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

I feel your pain.

Thanks for your comment on my blog!

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Jenny PP said...

Poor poor Clara!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Canada said...

Oh Noooooo!!!!!

9:19 AM  

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