Last Thursday night our Border Collie, Stranger, got up in the night because he had to go out and pee.

by Martok

Martok watches the dog get a bath.
Photos by Sue Weaver

Martok watches Stranger get a bath.

Last Thursday night our Border Collie, Stranger, got up in the night because he had to go out and pee. He scratched the door, so Mom let him out. Bad mistake! A small skunk happened to be waddling through the dog yard at the time.

Stranger is not smart; he leapt on the skunk and killed it. It went out in a stinky blaze of glory (pee-ooo!).

Mom was not amused. She likes skunks a lot and felt badly for the little skunk.  And, the windows were open, so the whole house reeked of aroma de pew. Mom wouldn’t let Stranger come back in the house. He had to sleep in the dog house out in the dog yard.

Goats watch the dog get a bath.
All the goats watched, too.

Next day she posted about it to her sheep and goat lists. Good thing! Cheri Dehart (she has a cute Boer goat named Shrimp) gave her a skunk wash recipe to use:

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Cheri’s Skunk-Stink Chaser

  • 1/2 cup of GOOP (the de-greaser that mechanics use to clean their hands)
  • 1/3 cup Dawn dish detergent
  • 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
The dog gets a bath.
Stranger says it was humiliating.

Mix well. Work into the pet’s fur and let set a few minutes; be careful to keep out of his eyes. Rinse as needed. Be sure to get it all out. The key is the GOOP as the oil is what holds the smell to the pet.

Dad washed Stranger in the wading pool we drink out of when we’re out in the yard (Mom scrubbed it with bleach water when they were done). Stranger threw a spectacular hissy fit! All the sheep and goats in the yard gathered to watch (Uzzi and Tank and I watched from our pen). Stranger says it was humiliating. But Cheri’s recipe worked!

Later Mom found another recipe online. This one is said to be foolproof, too. So copy these recipes into a file and save them. Then when your dog (or horse or goat or you) gets skunked, you can chase away that noxious stink—pronto and forever!

Chemist Paul Krebaum’s Never-fail Skunk Scent Remover

  • 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap

Mix and immediately apply to stinky pet. Rinse thoroughly. Don’t get it in his eyes!

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