I do not remember introducing everyone to our wonderful dog, Molly. I adopted her from an animal shelter many years ago. She has been our greatest companion and loyal friend. Molly is as an active participant here at ranch. When we do the daily chores, she is right there with us every morning and evening. The other night we were walking back from the barnyard to the house after completing the evening chores when Molly bolted into the dark chasing after something. Usually she does this when there is a squirrel to chase up a tree. I shined my light over in the direction that she bolted and said "Molly come." What I saw was this!
Of course the tail was going up and then the awful SMELL was in the air. Molly stopped chasing the skunk and came running over to me. Oh my, now she stunk! Well she is an indoor dog and now we had to try and rid her of the smell. I tried bathing her with some dog shampoo, but of course that did not help. So the next day I did some research and found on the internet a formula that was tried on the show Mythbusters. They said it worked the best. So off to the store to buy some Hydrogen Peroxide.
The ingredients are as follows. 1 Qt. 3% Hydrogen peroxide. 1/2 cup Baking Soda. 1 tsp of liquid soap (not dish detergent). Mix the ingredients in a plastic bucket. Do not store this mixture as it can explode.
Be careful of not getting this in the animal's eyes, nose, or mouth. Put this on the dog and really work on the area where the spray is. Molly has a white patch on her chest and we could see the yellow spray from the skunk. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse with tepid water.
Sweet Smelling Molly
Here is a picture of Molly after drying her off. The best part is that it really WORKED! No left over odors on her. She just smelled like a normal wet dog. The next problem was ridding the house of the odor. Well that is another story for another day. I hope that Molly has learned her lesson and will not play with the skunks anymore, but if it happens again, I now keep all ingredients on hand.