The smell of skunk is malodorous. It's a heavy smell, like a bad horseradish. The vapor permeates your sinuses and almost makes your teeth hurt.
Well. You cannot leave the dog smelling like skunk, plus, the skunk oil on the dog rubs off onto everything he touches. Doors, walls, beds.
Time to deodorize.
So, I made a trip to Walmart. They had a product called de-skunk. It's a shampoo intended to remove the smell. It worked. It has a pleasant more cinnamon smell.
It says get dog wet. Apply shampoo, leave on for 5 minutes. Then rinse off.
This is where we laugh together.
By the time I found a tote big enough to put him in, started to fill with water, I was ready to punch the dog in the face.
I was pretty mad.
Well. He was on to me. He did a bunch of wouldnots. He would not come to me.
I ended up filling the tote. Pulling it into the garage. Closing the overhead door. Sliding pet guard in pet door. Closing kennel door, plus washing skunked blanket.
Then, I left the door open. Dog came in. I shut door. Dog felt cornered. Rightly so. He tried to crawl back out pet door. Nope. Was blocked.
Then, I put a car ramp next to water, thinking he would walk up the ramp and jump in. Nope, again.
I finally had to pick him up and place him in the tub. After a minute or so, he jumped out. Thankfully, he was wet enough to squirt a bunch of the shampoo on him.
He did not mind the rub down as I worked it into his fur.
It had to stay on him for 5 minutes.
Five minutes up and I chased him around the garage for a few laps. I was glad he couldn't get outside.
I finally picked him up and lowered him into the water. It wasn't hot. It wasn't cold. There was a blue handled pan handy that I was able to ladle water onto him.
After that, he seemed to be rinsed, so I allowed him out.
We have a kennel attached to garage, so I closed the door and let him out there. Perhaps he needed to go to bathroom.
After a bit, I tipped the tub over and let the water go on the cement in front of the garage. Then, rolled the hose back up. Oh, yes, the hose attached to the basement shower so I can wash the basement floor.
I felt he should dry off in the house by the heat. He scampered off to the living room, but I made him lay down by the heat register. He was happy to lay there for a bit.
Then, I put him in the porch kennel.
Hose from Basement Shower
Fill Tub with Water
The dog went a distance away, and sat. No amount of coaxing would bring him back. So. I closed the door, put the petsafe panel in place and proceeded to ignore "oh stinky one."
Pretty soon he was in the garage.
Let the games begin!