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Sent Home From School Because of the Horrible Skunk Odor

I have many fond memories of growing up as a child in the 1950s in Wisconsin. The 1960s saw many changes including a family move to Texas.

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Scents and Memories

Some memories are longer lasting than others, as are certain scents. The day that my younger brothers and I got sent home from school because of a skunk is one of those memories! Anyone who has ever smelled the spray from a skunk will know what I mean by a scent that lingers as has this particular memory. What started as an ordinary day turned out to be extraordinary!

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Our Day Began

My dad was always an early riser. From our home in the country, he would drive the 30 miles or so into Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked as a carpenter, eventually working his way up to becoming the superintendent of a large commercial construction company. He was a hard worker and was very talented.

The roads were not the superhighways of today, so that 30-mile one-way trip took some time, especially during the winter when the streets were snow-covered.

The first home that I remember living in as a child, my parents built from scratch. I remember the additions to that home like the garage, breezeway, and sunroom as time passed. Turning our basement into a recreation room and his workshop and my mother's laundry room and cabinets for her home-canned goods were also gradual additions as time and money allowed.

In the parochial school that we were attending, my dad was also instrumental in building. But I digress.

My mother would have packed my dad's lunch pail and sent him off to work for the day with a hug and a kiss before getting us kids awakened, fed, and dressed for our day. She would have also packed our lunches with sandwiches (always homemade bread in those days made by her loving and capable hands), fruit, and homemade cookies.

We could purchase little cartons of milk for a few pennies at school in those days, and we took advantage of that.

It was the Fall of the year, and there was a certain crispness to the air, but we still had our house windows open, enjoying what we could of the fresh air coming in through the screens. All too soon, the long cold winter months would arrive and keep those now open windows closed and frosted.

Barking Dogs!

Suddenly we heard Sheba, our German Shepherd, and Rusty, our Cocker Spaniel begin a furious round of barking and yelping. It took no more than a moment to realize what was happening because of the smell. A skunk had wandered out of the fields or nearby woods, and our guard dogs (at least they thought of themselves as such!) began to defend their property.

Of course, hardly anyone comes out a winner when tangling with a skunk! That skunk makes its way all around our house (remember the open windows?), spraying not only the dogs but wafting a noxious smell so very terrible into the house that it was pure misery!

My mother had her hands full, knowing that much of her home-canned tomatoes would have to be sacrificed and used in bathing the dogs to eliminate as much of that rotten egg sulfur smell. Tomato juice was the prescribed home remedy for ridding animals of skunk smell back in those days.

But what to do with us? We were inside and not directly hit with the spray from the skunk. We begged her to get us out of that environment as soon as possible, thinking that school was the answer.

To keep from smelling that horrific scent, my mother let us use a little of her perfume. We all put a dab under our noses. That helped a little but not nearly enough. We now had the aroma of Eau-de-skunk mingled with my mother's perfume, not the most fabulous scent combination by anyone's standards

I always loved school, but my brothers did not quite as much. That particular day they could not wait to get to school! So with a bite of breakfast packed and added to our lunch pails (who wanted to eat breakfast amidst skunk smell?), my mother cranked up her Studebaker car named Tillie and dropped us off at school.

"Pee-U!" the school kids said as they ran as far away from us as they could in each room. They held their noses, and needless to say, the classrooms were royally disrupted.

I doubt that my mother made it home before the party telephone line had begun ringing! She was summoned to come back to school post haste and pick up her darlings. As memory serves, these many years later, it was a few days before we were welcomed back to school, and it took quite some time for our new pink-colored dogs to get past that aroma of skunk completely.

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What To Know About Skunks

Most skunks do their foraging for food at night. They are omnivorous, meaning that they eat different things depending upon what is available, including plants, insects, fish, fruit, and even small mammals. Most live in the Americas.

If you see a house cat-sized black and white animal (there are also a few brown or grey or even cream-colored ones) and you are within about ten feet (3 meters), it suddenly turns around and lifts its tail, do turn and run! That is a defensive position, and if you are lucky, you might miss the spray of that foul-smelling liquid mist that is projected from glands under the skunk's tail about that distance.

Most animals in the wild give skunks a wide berth if seeing them because they know from experience that their lives will be miserable for several days if sprayed. It is such a noxious odor that while it is not deadly, it defies most removal methods. Let's put it this way; they might wish that they were dead to escape that lingering horrible smell. Even wolves and bears will avoid tangling with a skunk!

Large birds like hawks and eagles are the main predators of skunks. The reason for that is that most birds do not have a highly developed sense of smell.

Skunks will threaten with hissing noises, stomping their feet, showing off their teeth, and posture with that raised tail. They use that oily horrific scented chemical spray only when feeling threatened because it takes as long as ten days for another supply to once again build up in their bodies for defense.

Most skunks in the wild do not live very long. Their average lifespan is only 1 to 3 years, and one reason for this is their terrible eyesight. In captivity, they can live much longer, more like domesticated house cats.

They give live births of from 2 to 10 kits each year from April to June.

For Further Reading:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk
  • https://www.britannica.com/animal/skunk
  • https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/what-do-about-skunks
  • https://www.wikihow.com/Eliminate-Skunk-Odor

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

I am laughing now also this many years later. Sorry that you had the same experience and were literally banned from attending school because of skunk smell. That is quite a memory we both share. Ha ha!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 09, 2018:

O Peggy I am laughing out loud. Almost the same thing happened to me in tenth grade. We had our coal stove replaced by central heat the summer before this happened. The skunks loved snuggling under the house where the ducts ran and one morning they got into a tussle with each other and of course the horrid odor permeated the house. Well I went to school and you could not smell the odor on my clothes but wherever I went the odor remained as I departed. My locker was a haven for the odor. So I was allowed to stay home for about a week until all of the clothes could be cleaned and our house skunk-odor free!!!! The whole underside of the house was completely closed in and we had no further problems thankfully. Angels headed your way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

It is a memory and odor that I will never forget as long as I live. Ha Ha!

Our weather is about the same as yours right now. Our car was showing 100 degrees when we were out and about today. We certainly have a long hot summer to go before we will have cooler temperatures again. Ugh!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 05, 2018:

A very entertaining story. I've smelled skunks a lot lately when I go out. That time of year when all the animals are mating. Some have already had their first batch of babies. Too bad skunks stink so badly because when they're healthy they're quite pretty and their babies are so cute.

About 100º every day and high humidity. Almost like your weather except when we're this hot up north y'all are usually even hotter down there. Stay cool if you can!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 08, 2016:

Hello Kiss andTales,

I am so glad you enjoyed this hub of mine regarding skunks...traveling down memory lane. That story about your neighbors dog brought a smile to my face. Not so much fun for your neighbor however. Ha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 08, 2016:

Hi Au fait,

Yes...it is steamy down here also. Thank heavens for air-conditioning! Appreciate your sharing of my skunk episode hub. It was quite the ordeal at the time! :)

Kiss andTales on August 03, 2016:

Very good hub Peggy ! Thank you for sharing you are very much a talented writer.

I really appreciated this artitcle because we seem to have a population of them growing in our area.

We have this little vistor traveling late at night through the neighborhood. And yes very true have seen many ran over on the roads leaving horrific smells.

Well they look so cute and cuddly

But I guess that smell makes sure it stays that way .No human would want to battle with that defense.

Last year my neighbors pet dog got sprayed.

And ran hysterically in the house and jump on couches and chairs trying rid the smell.

The neighbor blamed another and said that they were harboring conditions for them to live and hide.

I dont think so because they always are found on the near by roads ran over.

Very good hub !

You are very much appreciated Peggy !

C E Clark from North Texas on August 02, 2016:

Revisiting this interesting article of yours today and sharing it also. Anyone who hasn't read it definitely should. Very entertaining!

Hope all is well down there and that you are staying in where it's cool. 100 degrees everyday is forecast here for the last couple of days and the next 3-5 days. Was over only 98 F. yesterday. Yes, only. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2015:

Hi Rochelle,

Glad you realized that it was a skunk and not the kitty you at first thought so that you and your dog avoided any trouble while walking. Yes...this is a long lasting memory of mine. Ha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2015:

Hi Shyron,

Oh your poor brother's dog! That skunk smell certainly does linger!!! Thanks for your comment and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Your story of a skunk is a good one also. Ha! Sorry you had to live with it a while also when you were at home. Nothing quite like that horrible odor! Thanks for your comment and the share. :)

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 09, 2015:

We have migrating skunks here coming or going to wherever they come from and go to twice a year. I saw one a few weeks ago when walking my dog after sundown and first thought it was a kitty.

We took an alternate route, so no harm - no Foul (smell).

Your tale is a special and, I'm sure, an unforgettable memory to keep..

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 09, 2015:

I have seen a skunk running up the road passed our house and my brother's dog got sprayed by a skunk.

This was funny voted that way plus useful, awesome and interesting and shared.

Blessings and Hugs

C E Clark from North Texas on April 09, 2015:

Thought I would share this again as it definitely is that time of year when skunks like to mate. In fact there should be little ones in the nest by now. A skunk burrowed under the apartment building I moved out of last year. It was set on peer and beam. At first it wasn't real strong, and I thought it was tires or something rubber burning. It got stronger and stronger -- the air intake for the air ventilation system was under the building.

Finally it got so strong and I couldn't quite identify it. I called the fire dept. and told them I had seen no fire or smoke, but this strange smell made me think of rubber burning and maybe they could send someone to check it out. I argued with myself between looking ridiculous for calling the fire dept, over nothing and not calling and then having something terrible happen and someone die as a result, so I decided to call.

They brought a truck but no sirens. They walked through my apartment and one of them said, "You have a skunk." I had considered skunk, but it didn't seem quite right and it was so strong. That horrible stench lasted all through the building for days. So strong I thought I would never be able to smell anything else again even though I was away from the apartment at work for many hours everyday.

Very interesting hub and always enjoy it. Sharing again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2015:

Hi Sunshine65,

Believe me...you never want to experience the skunk smell if you have the choice. You are lucky never to have been exposed to it! :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 03, 2015:

Hilarious now, but I'm sure it wasn't back then!! I have never encountered a skunk and have no idea what the smell they emit is like and I never want to find out. I did hear about the tomato sauce trick. Great story!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2015:

Hi lisavanvorst,

The odor from dogs being sprayed by skunks is horrible as I well remember! Ha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2015:

Hello TIMETRAVELER2,

Oh my! The janitor certainly was not aware of the dangers of using pesticide when he sprayed your husband as a boy. Yikes! Glad your husband lived to tell the take! It was certainly memorable and unforgettable! Ha!

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on February 03, 2015:

This story brings back memories of when my dog was skunked. Oh what a horrible smell. Thank you for sharing your memory.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2015:

Hello Levertis,

The odor from passing dead skunks on the road is bad and it lingers. Best to avoid any encounters if at all possible.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Skunks are pretty creatures and surely have a note worthy defense system built in. Ha! 21 degrees is cold! It is in the 40's and rainy in Houston today. Also very cold! I know that the folks living up north would probably scoff at our definition of cold. Ha! Thanks for the share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2015:

Hi colorfulone,

If they made a pet of it perhaps they had it de-skunked so that it could not spray. Either that or they never startled it to where it felt defensive. Interesting story.

Sondra Rochelle from USA on February 03, 2015:

This is funny because when my husband was a boy, he, too, got sprayed by a skunk. In his case, the teacher sent him down to the janitor who sprayed him with pesticide to get rid of the smell, which of course, only made it worse! When he got home, his mother refused to let him back into the house. She buried his clothes and made him wash down with lye soap, and only then was he able to come inside. Too funny!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2015:

Hi vespawoolf,

Your friend would have learned in a hurry why not to approach skunks had you not warned her. Glad it ended well for her and also for you! Ha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Sorry to hear you had a similar experience with skunks and the skunk odor keeping you away from attending school. Those memories linger, don't they! Ha! Hope your day has been a good one!

Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on February 02, 2015:

Most of the skunks I have encountered were road kill. I did come close to a live one once or twice but learned early to give them distance.

Very informative hub!

C E Clark from North Texas on February 02, 2015:

I have been eyeball to eyeball with skunks just as pretty as the ones you have pictured here. I didn't hang around long enough for them to start opinion-ating. ;) Growing up in the country and living in the country during my first marriage, I saw several skunks, some very close up and personal.

Well, it's that time of year when a skunk's imagination turns to love and affection, in a manner of speaking. Here in North Texas they never seem to hibernate as they do up north in snow country,

Was trying to choose one of your articles and that pretty skunk sort of reached out and got my memories stirred up. A shame they smell so bad because when they're healthy they are pretty and their babies are the cutest possible.

Sharing this again with followers and pinning to my 'Wild Animals' board.

So cold las' night I thought for sure I would freeze. 21 F. and a vicious wind. I've been here in Texas so long I'm starting to believe that's cold . . .

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 02, 2015:

This brought back some memories for me. One is of a skunk that was tamed by a couple that lived across the lake in the summer months. They had a skunk that adopted them, and they feed it. I was a young girl the first time a saw that critter when my family went to visit them by boat. I guess that skunk never sprayed anywhere on their property.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 02, 2015:

This story is hilarious! Your mother was such a capable and efficient person that it must have been horrible to have her house sprayed with skunk odor! Poor thing. A friend from France was visiting us one time. We took a walk in the woods and a mother skunk with her babies walked right past us. My friend exclaimed, "How beautiful!" and walked toward them! We cried out a warning and she quickly withdrew. I hadn´t realized that not everyone is familiar with the hazards of skunks.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 02, 2015:

O Peggy How could we both have such an experience? We had skunks move in under our house one winter. And skunks being skunks, they sprayed each other.

When I went to school no one could smell the odor on me or my clothing but they could smell it where I went!! I got permission from the principal to stay home for two weeks while all of my clothes were cleaned and house free of the odor O my

Many Angels and blessings are on the way to you today, my Friend.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 19, 2014:

Hi Rebecca,

Your poor dog and also poor you having to suffer that stench for days. Ha!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Oh...I definitely know that smell! Nothing quite like it! How long did it take for the smell to dissipate from that apartment complex? People who have never smelled that odor just cannot imagine how noxious it can get or how long it lingers. Thanks for the shares.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 17, 2014:

My dog got sprayed with a skunk last year. It was terrible. We gave him a bath in tomato juice, baking soda, peroxide...we tried everything. It helped but the smell lingered for a while. Enjoyed your memories!

C E Clark from North Texas on July 17, 2014:

Skunks are so plentiful around here in the springtime. One can't drive anywhere but there's a dead skunk on the road or beside the road. One year a skunk burrowed under this building I live in. There are 8 apartments in it and it's old so we all share the ventilation system. Air is drawn up from around and under the building. You get the picture?

Well, one evening a noxious odor started moving into my apartment. I have smelled skunks many time having grown up on a farm in the country, so I certainly know skunk when I smell it. This smell reminded me of skunk, but as it got stronger and stronger in my apartment it smelled more and more like something was burning. It smelled a lot like tires burning to tell you the truth.

Well, I was no longer convinced it was a skunk and couldn't decide what to do. If there was a fire and I didn't call and someone was hurt or worse I would feel terrible, but if there was no fire then I would be wasting the fire depts time when they might be needed elsewhere.

Finally I called the fire dept. non emergency number and told them about the smell. I told them I hadn't seen any fire or smoke, but it was so strong and smelled like rubber burning to me, that I decided I should call and let them decide what to do. This was back in 2007.

Well, the fire dept. showed up in their shiny truck, but no sirens and came into my apartment and walked the length of it. Finally the firemen all concurred that there was a skunk, probably under the building. The air ventilation system was drawing that awful stench into everyone's apartment and believe me you could have sliced it with an ax -- a knife would have been to flimsy for such the job.

Going to pin this to Awesome Hubpages and share it with HP followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Obviously you know your dog best. Wouldn't want to hurt the little guy! :)

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 09, 2013:

Toby protests even a small amount. Apparently, he is very sensitive to it. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

I dilute the apple cider vinegar quite a bit with lots of water when using it as a rinse after a shampoo and bathing our dog. Example...I am estimating here...I probably only use an ounce or two to a quart of water.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 09, 2013:

Thanks! If the apple cider vinegar works, keep using it. I tried that with my itchy little Toby and he yelped and cried. Apparently, even diluted apple cider vinegar burns and stings. He seems soothed by the Listerine. I don't use it more than a couple of times a week on him.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

We were told by our vet to use an apple cider vinegar rinse for our dog when he gets an itchy skin condition which generally happens in the warmer months of the year. It seems to help. Do you think the ingredients in Listerine would be better? I hesitate because of the alcohol in it for dry skin conditions. Of course if we are talking about eliminating skunk smells...I would use just about anything! Ha! Good to know about the flea repellent aspects of using it and the repelling of flies for those who own horses. You are a great source of information!

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 09, 2013:

Listerine (or a cheap knock-off) is marvelous stuff. It acts as a short term equine fly repellent and canine flea eradicator. It deodorizes carpets and other areas that have been affected by pet accidents (to the point that the animal no longer smells its own urine and does not return to the scene of the crime). It stops itching on itchy dogs. It's a good deodorizing laundry additive (in final rinse). It's a good air freshener. I always keep some in a spray bottle to use for one thing and another.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Good to know how you handled your dog's skunk odor problem. I would never have thought to use Listerine! Hopefully I will never have to employ that treatment method since our little Skippy is a city dog and a bit of a couch potato at that. Thanks for your comment and votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 09, 2013:

Great story! My old dog, Freckles, used to kill skunks. Several times when we were out for a walk in the countryside, he located a skunk and shook it to death before I even knew what was happening! I found that it really helped to get him to water as quickly as possible. If I could quickly locate a stock tank or deep part of a creek and throw a stick for him to retrieve a dozen times or so, it really helped reduce the odor for the ride home. As soon as we got home, I would give him a thorough hose bath with Dawn dish soap and a final rinse with Listerine before allowing him inside. This really works to cut the skunk smell!

Voted up and funny! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2013:

Hi nybride710,

It is amazing the smells that can be picked up by getting near dead skunks alongside the road. If the car ahead of you hit it, perhaps it was releasing its spray as it was dying just as your car drove over it. Those smells do linger as you found out! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2013:

Hello shin rocka04,

I hope that you never get sprayed by a skunk either. Heaven forbid if you do...it will make for a lasting memory (as well as aroma that will linger for longer than you can imagine.) Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Your story of having to change outside the house because of being sprayed by a skunk is funny but also understandable. For anyone who has never experienced it...all I can say is that they are LUCKY! Your poor son. Am sure that skunk smell did not help his condition whether or not it was the sole cause. Thanks for your comment and share.

Lisa Kroulik from North Dakota on April 15, 2013:

A few years ago, someone ahead of me on the road hit a skunk and I had the misfortune of having to drive over it. It made no contact with my wheels. That one or two seconds made my car incredibly stinky for the next several weeks. I had my car washed inside and out multiple times but the smell would not go away. I could even taste it in my mouth! I loved your video and old pictures.

shin_rocka04 from Maryland on April 15, 2013:

Oh wow. That's crazy. I hope I never get sprayed by one of those.

moonlake from America on April 15, 2013:

A skunk once sprayed under our cottage. Our son got so sick from the smell it was right under his room. He ran a fever and started throwing up, maybe he was already getting sick and the skunk just added to it. Voted up on your funny hub and shared. My friend and I ran into a skunk on our way home from a class we were taking we smelled so bad our husbands made us change outside the house. Good thing we both lived in the country where no one could see us.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hi Au fait,

Anyone that has ever experienced the spray of a skunk first hand will never forget the experience! Bad enough to smell them when they have been killed on the roads. Ha!

No snow here in Houston but we did have to cover all of our more tender vegetation with old sheets last night. Leaving them covered today as we might get near the freezing mark again tonight...then warming. If you are in the Dallas area of Texas, supposedly they got some snow for Christmas. Unusual weather in much of our country!

Hope that you also had a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for your comment and votes. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on December 25, 2012:

Skunks do smell horrible! Have had more than one run-in with skunks over the years. Years ago our family dog tangled with a skunk, but tomato juice had no affect.

Here in Texas spring seems to be a favorite time for skunks as that's when they mate and have their first batch of babies in late Jan. early Feb. or so. The smell of skunk is pretty common around the early spring. Yes, while Texas does generally stay warmer in the winter than the northern states, the wildlife here also has 2-3 litters of babies a year -- and that includes skunks. The skunk kittens are cute, but my how they stink!

Entertaining story. Voted up, and interesting. Hope you've had a great Christmas and enjoying the snow! ;)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2012:

Hi SanneL,

Yes...I am sure that my mother wishes she could have escaped and gone elsewhere until the skunk stench died down. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

SanneL from Sweden on February 19, 2012:

Peggy - eu-de-skunk! ha ha ha ! That's too funny!

Great story. However, at the time I'm sure it wasn't very amusing. I feel so sorry for your poor mother, who was the one taking care of this stinking ordeal. Enjoyable read! Votes up and funny!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2012:

Hi Nicole,

Despite your humorous comment, I seriously doubt that you would have wanted the aroma of skunk as an excuse to get out of school. That...or you REALLY hated school! Haha! Thanks for your comment.

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on January 30, 2012:

Oh boy! I didn't know that you could get sent home from school for smelling like a skunk but now I know! Wish I would have used that back when I was in school ;)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2011:

Hi Donna,

I should think that one experience with a skunk like that would leave a bitter taste in his mouth forever! Ha!

Donna Sundblad from Georgia on October 18, 2011:

Hi Peggy,

The dog is young. I believe now that it has experience in the matters of skunks that perhaps it would not eat another.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2011:

Hi Donna Sundblad,

That is amazing! I have never heard of a dog actually EATING a skunk after being sprayed. Either the dog was VERY HUNGRY or VERY MAD! Ha! Probably the latter. Thanks for your comment. :))

Donna Sundblad from Georgia on October 18, 2011:

A friend of mine's dog recently was sprayed by a skunk. They brought the dog in to try and clean it up, and the dog threw up...the skunk...in the house. He'd killed and eaten the thing! What a stinky mess.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2011:

Hi Dave,

I also hope that you never get close enough to have that distinctive odor of a skunk "perfuming" you as it did us so many years ago. Ha! Glad that this story brought some humor into your day. :)))

Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on May 28, 2011:

ROFLOL. What a great hub...nothing like the smell of skunk to open up your nasal passages! Just getting a whiff when driving on the highway is bad enough and who knows how far away the skunk was when it released it stink bomb! I hope I never get close enough to get hit by the hoser! LOL

Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on May 28, 2011:

ROFLOL. What a great hub...nothing like the smell of skunk to open up your nasal passages! Just getting a whiff when driving on the highway is bad enough and who knows how far away the skunk was when it released it stink bomb! I hope I never get close enough to get hit by the hoser! LOL

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2011:

Hi Charlu,

Nothing quite like the smell of a skunk! Haha! Can laugh about it this many years later. Glad that this story brightened your day. :)))

Charlu from Florida on April 29, 2011:

That is to funny, I love this story. My dogs have been sprayed a few times and there is no doubt there is not another smell like it. ughhhh Thanks for sharing up and funny.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 10, 2010:

Hello Tony,

Thanks for reading this "fragrant" story. Being sent home from school because of our skunk encounter was really something! Haha! Love and peace to you.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on December 10, 2010:

I really enjoyed this "fragrant" story, LOL! What mothers have to put up with!

You told the story with great wit and made it an enjoyable read, thank you.

Love and peace

Tony

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 10, 2010:

Hello TINA V,

Being sent home from school because of smelling like skunk was very embarrassing at the time...and funny to think about now this many years later. Glad that you liked this! :-)

TINA V on November 09, 2010:

Oh well, this was really unforgettable memories. It was quite a funny and embarrassing experience for you and your brothers. I smiled about your aroma of eu-de-skunk. I enjoyed reading your hub. Your photos and videos were great. I learned something from this, which is to be more careful with opening doors or windows; and beware of skunks. Thank you for sharing it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 05, 2010:

Hi Sa`ge,

Ahh...memories! This one just has a bit of skunk odor attached to it. Haha! Thanks for the comment and votes. :-)

Sa`ge from Barefoot Island on November 04, 2010:

I loved this story, brought some of my own memories to mind as i read. Delightful! danced on them tabs ;D hugs :D

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2010:

Hello Muktu,

"oh yah...they stink!" That might just be the understatement of the year when it comes to skunks. Haha! Thanks for reading about our being sent home from school because of a skunk. That is a long lived memory for sure!

Muktu on November 04, 2010:

What a great read. I saw a skunk the other day and thought it was so cute how they counce up and down when they walk. But then I remembered, "oh yah...they stink!"

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2010:

Hello wilderness,

Nice that farmer had lost his sense of smell when that skunk "perfumed" his place. His poor dogs! Bet that it took a while for that smell to dissipate if the dead skunk remained under the house. Oh dear! That is quite a story also! Haha!

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on November 02, 2010:

I've never been sprayed, but worked for a farmer as a child who had his dogs chase a skunk under the house where they eventually killed it. You couldn't come to within a half mile of that house! He was 90+ years old and had lost his sense of smell, so it didn't bother the farmer, but no one else would even come close.

Funny hub, thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2010:

HelloRNMSN,

So we have a battle of skunk capitol of the south. Any others care to join in? Haha! Your poor little Prince got many tomato baths also because of tangling with skunks. That was the known prescription back then and there were probably many "pink" dogs in that day and age. Enjoyed your comment. :-)

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on October 31, 2010:

this brought back many memories of the three dogs we had when I was young and the smallest one, little prince, was forever routing out a skunk/like bayoulady I grew up in the south and oh my skunks are always around and we lived on the Cahaba River which I beg to differ with Jackie is by far the skunk capital of the south lol and poor little prince would have to get the tomato juice bath in the wheelbarrel/he would shiver and whine/I always knew he was saying "but it wasnt my fault!!That skunk made me do it!!" thank you for a wonderful read!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2010:

Hi SEO Expert Kerala,

So happy that this skunk episode and our being sent home from school because of it brought back some happy school day memories for you as well. Thanks for letting me know! :-)

SEO Expert Kerala from KERALA on October 30, 2010:

Really the school days are the sweet memories of everyone life. After reading your hub I remembered my each and every mischief in school and having a nice smile in my face. Excellent your hub had made me remembered my old days

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2010:

That's hilarious! Not for her, of course. Still can't help but laugh. Haha!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on October 29, 2010:

True.. that was as close to the little darlings as I care to get. My mother had a friend who saw one under the wood pile and thinking it was a cat, pulled it out. Her poor hubby raced to the market and cleaned out their tomato juice aisle. The woman was practically a salad by the time the smell was gone!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 29, 2010:

Hi Candie,

Visiting your grandparents and smelling skunk "perfume" was one thing. Being sent home from school because of skunk smell was another. Haha! When I read your hub and saw one of the comments...it spurred this hub memory. You are also one of my faves! Thanks!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on October 29, 2010:

I had to vote "funny" as these things are in hind sight. My grandparents lived on a farm in way-out-there-no-where Idaho. Going to their place at night always.. ALWAYS meant there would be that Eau-de-skunk wafting in the air! Special! Your folks were good looking! WooHoo! Thank you Peggy for mentioning little ol' me here.. you are one of my faves! Hugs! :D

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2010:

Hello agusfanani,

Tomato juice used to be the old method for helping to get rid of skunk smell if sprayed. Rusty, our reddish colored cocker spaniel was not too discolored but Sheba, our lighter colored German shepherd dog was certainly tinged pink for a while because of the tomato juice. The kids at school were happy to get rid of our presence because of that "Eu de skunk" smell! Glad that you liked this true story. I can still laugh when I think about it looking back at that time so long ago.

agusfanani from Indonesia on October 24, 2010:

That's a very funny story ! I like the amusing term you use Eu de skunk and the tip tomato juice for ridding the smell.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2010:

Hi Billy,

That poor dog! Being sprayed by a skunk must be quite horrific. Bet that they learned their lesson and never chased a skunk again! Or was it the opposite?

My parents had a dog that was stung by a bee once. Instead of avoiding bees, he went after them with a frenzy and was obviously stung again.

Sometimes lessons learned can be easy or hard! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2010:

Hello Kaie,

Oh yes! Let's definitely hope that the skunks roaming through your yard never make a direct hit. You and your dogs will never forget it if it happens!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2010:

Hello nifty@50,

Am curious. Do the skunks spray your mother-in-laws chickens or does she just smell that distinctive smell in the general surroundings?

billyaustindillon on October 23, 2010:

Funny story and brought back funny memories a good friend had their dog sprayed on a farm and spent half the time trying to rub it off - oh dear did that smell linger...

Kaie Arwen on October 23, 2010:

I have a skunk, maybe more than one, that moseys through my yard regularly.......... the dogs have chased it, and we have smelled it, but it's never made a direct hit :-D

Let's hope it stays that way! Kaie

nifty@50 on October 23, 2010:

One of those rare occasions where getting kicked out of school is a bad thing! LOL! My mother-in-law raises chickens in Colorado and has to deal with the "little stinkers" quite often. Great hub Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2010:

Hi Rose West,

That skunk episode and how it affected our school day is funny to look back upon now these many years later. :)

Rose West from Michigan on October 23, 2010:

How funny! At least it is now, though it probably wasn't back then for you :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2010:

Hi sarovai,

If you have never been exposed to the smell of skunk, consider yourself lucky! Skunk smell is not only bad but it lingers.

sarovai on October 23, 2010:

I didn't come across this animal. Thank u for sharing about this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2010:

Hello Sally's Trove,

This skunk story and being sent home from school for that reason is one of those family stories that has resonated in my mind every time I smell skunk. Hard to forget! Haha! Happy to hear that it brought a smile to your face this morning. :-)

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on October 23, 2010:

Your story made me smile this morning. I love these little slices of life, and this is a dear one, from the penny milk to the party line to the poor pink dogs!

We get skunks here all the time, and your open windows resonated with mine. But I must say I've never had an episode that left me stinking, too!

Thanks for a lovely read.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2010:

Hello lyjo,

Glad that you enjoyed reading my remembrance of a particular school day affected greatly by eau-de-skunk. Not fun trying to get skunk smell out of dogs, is it! I can't imagine anyone actually liking skunk smell. Amazing! Thanks for the comment.

lyjo on October 22, 2010:

Oh Peggy...how awful, both my dogs have been sprayed as well...just yesterday morning I couldn't go out the front door...yep, a critter in the front yard...I found myself praying that it did not run out to the road and get hit for fear of eau-de-skunk....nothing worse....I know someone that loves that smell...crazy eh? Well written hub, thanks once again for a great read! Take really good care!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 21, 2010:

Hello bayoulady,

Our skunk episode was funny much after the fact. That particular day so many years ago we wished that skunk had gone exploring elsewhere! You must be getting used to skunk aroma by now if what you say is true that you "must be the skunk capital of the world." Think I'll pass on your challenge. Haha!

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on October 21, 2010:

SO FUNNY!!!!!!I live in northern Louisiana , and we must be the skunk capital of the world. i challenge anyone to go 20 miles on a warm April Day without ending up with a skunk aroma in their car!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 21, 2010:

Hi Hello, hello,

You have never smelled a skunk odor? Lucky girl! Obviously we did not know that our clothes had taken on that odor...we just couldn't wait to get away from the house. We weren't too happy when we realized that we were also offensive at school and had to return to our stinky home. It takes a while to get over the odor of skunk! Yes...it was probably also embarrassing! Nice to be able to laugh about it now!

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