I don’t know enough about the migratory habits of the real-life Pepe LePews, but we can always count on getting a whiff of their pungent oil right about the time the neighborhood kids head back to school.
One night last week our dogs went a little batty wanting to get out to the backyard. They were barking like banshees at the door to our screened porch when we told them to knock it off. They came back into the family room and settled down.
A few seconds later, the scent came wafting into the room. Clearly, a skunk had unleashed it’s protective stench somewhere in our back yard.
Since skunk season is now upon us, I thought this would be a good time to share the anti-skunk smell formula for bathing a mutt that happens to encounter the business end of one of the smelly beasts:
- 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of dishwashing soap (the kind that cuts grease and oil)
Mix this brew together and bathe your foul-smelling pooch. You may need to bathe more than once. The peroxide and the baking soda help to quell the stench while the dishwashing liquid breaks up the oil, which is the medium in which the stench is delivered.
Tomato juice will do nothing to cure the problem. However, if you want to make a Bloody Mary after you’ve bathed a skunked dog, you certainly earned it.