Friday, August 31, 2012

Not Your Average Fairy Tale

It was a 
dark and
stormy stinky

As I sat on the deck,
taking in the beautiful stars
and lovely symphony of frogs
serenading me,
panic began to fill my nose
with the rather distinctive odor

my friends,
from the grounds below
me the scent of skunk wafted it's way
up to the deck.
Normally, I'd  merely sigh at the interruption,
this mangy beast
was also lurking below:

I am sure you can all imagine
the rest.
And I am sure you all
know the well known
remedy for a dog sprayed by a skunk,
but, alas, it's my fairy tale and I shall remind you
Tomato juice or tomato sauce.

I grabbed Max and raced
to the kitchen cupboards,
somewhat relived knowing I had
purchased tomato something
at the store earlier in the day.
My relief was quickly replaced by dread
as I realized all I had was
a can of whole tomatoes with basil!

Well, what's a girl gonna do?
She has to work with what's she's got.
I only hope you can imagine what my
dog looked like with red 
chunks of tomatoes
and big green chunks of basil
all over his black fur.
He looks like a drown rat
when wet anyway but this was so comical
I had to laugh to myself.
I sure wish I'd been able to snap a few shots
but I was too engrossed with the smell.

The good news is,
the tomatoes and a lot
of shampoo worked!

So I guess the moral of this story is,
well, there really isn't a moral to the story,
just some good old advice:
tomato juice in your house
or your dog in after dark!


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh dear. Well I'm glad the remedy worked!!

Lois Christensen said...

That is too funny! I'm sure it wasn't as you were washing your dog! Glad you were able to get him cleaned and smelling pretty again!

♥●• İzdihër •●♥ said...


Melodie said...

Whew! I have never had a dog sprayed by a skunk.I did,however,have a little sister who thought they were kittens sprayed,lol!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Oh, no! I'm glad you got the stinkiness out of the dog!

Julie Marie said...

Too cute Jill... I happen to love skunks, I love ALL God's precious little creatures... I am so happy you had some tomato sauce, basil and all... so Max had sort of an Italian skunk~bath!... you are so much fun!... xoxo Julie Marie

TexWisGirl said...

i'm laughing. :)

Madi and Mom said...

Oh Jill this was hilarious...laughing with you not at you! Geez I've heard stories of how to rid a dog of Eau de skunk but often wonder if it really worked?!! good to know it does or perhaps is was the basil that worked. In either case, Max has shiny, skunk free furs.
hugs to you and Becky and of course
Madi sends Cupid a kissy

Tricia Hays said...

HOLY STINKING COW, or dog, in this case! That poor, poor dog & YOU, too!!!

What's black & red all over? ROFLMBO! LoL! =)

Donna said...

Yuck!! I've had That happe as Well!
Happy sweet smelling weekend Girl!

Pam :) said...

It could have been worse.. it could have sprayed you, Jill.
Thanks for the tomato juice tip :)

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Peppie la pewwwww he visits my house too. My black cat Pippie sits in the window at night waiting for this stinker, I think she attracts him...many nights we have awaken to the taste in our mouth and the odor burning your eyes.
Glad you got the scent gone soon

Samantha said...

oh GAG. That's horrible, for all involved!
There are a ton of deskunk recipes out there. I'm afraid I would be using ALL of them at once! LOL

andy said...

Thats a awfull smell! Glad you got rid of it!

Michaele said...

Well that really stinks! (or did anyway) EWWWW

Beth said...

Poor Max. I am glad you had some canned tomatoes on hand.

Lynne said...

I have had one of those "not so much fun" experiences too. The tomato juice works, "happy whole tomatoes do too.)

How did you shampoo? Hosed him down?

Dianna said...

Too funny, Jill! But I do wish you'd gotten a picture!

Maple Lane said...

Oh my! Maybe you are on to something with the addition of the basil to the tomatoes!!!!!

Ellie said...

Oh dear, poor you and your poor dog. He must have wondered what was happening to him. I'm so glad your tomatoes worked though.
Your story had me laughing :))

JT said...

That's funny, Dog marinated in basil and sauce!!

Bee Lady said...

ooooh noooo.....I dread this part of moving to the country! I just KNOW it's going to happen. Hilarious though, thinking about tomato chunks with basil all over the hairy beast!

Cindy Bee

Chatty Crone said...

How can something so cute - cause so much havoc? sandie

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

Sorry, Jill! I just had to laugh, that was kind of funny. :)

Glad you got Max smelling skunk free.

Dar said...

Gracious, Golly, Geeee.
I hope the stench did not perfume you also...
Mom called earlier this evening to tell me that a skunk had gotten into the hen house and the hen was frantically defending her 3 wk. old chicks, wings a-flaying. Needless to say, PippyLe'Pew is now in the Great Beyond.

Rohrerbot said...

LOL!!!! Love your skunk pic. How fun. Poor puppy. I don't know why but I think skunks don't really smell that bad....but then again, I didn't have to bathe the dog:) Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

rainfield61 said...

Oh, tomato sauce is so useful.

I have learned a new trick though it is not useful over here.

Terri Buster said...

Oh the poor fella! I hope Mr Skunk learned his lesson and moved on.

Jackie said...

Funny true story JIll. I'm glad the ending turned out well!

Ida said...

Oh my goodness that was a good laugh. Truly I'm sorry it happened to your poor Max and your nose but your story was hilarious. We had said skunk in our neighborhood the other night along with a raccoon but the skunk was just passing through so no harm done.

Susan said...

Oh my, what an evening you had! Glad everything worked. Guess I better get some tomato juice!

Rosemary said...

Poor you! It's always a funny story to hear when it's not your dog :) Glad you managed to get rid of the smell.

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm sure the basil added a little extra to the mix. :)