It was such a quiet, still night that I held Dino's leash really loosely, thinking we would be back inside in a few minutes. All of a sudden, Dino's head shot up and in a split second, he took off running and I lost hold of the leash. Maddie, not wanting to be left behind, started running, too. You know, as fast as Maddie can "run".
I concentrated on catching Dino since he's the fastest and I saw him coming up on something dark in the neighbor's shrubs across the street.
"Please be a cat. Please be a cat. Please be a cat.", I kept repeating to myself.
But, OF COURSE, it wasn't a cat.
It was a skunk who was spraying Dino right in the face. I tried pulling Dino away and felt my leg get wet from the spray while I inhaled a lung full of it. I grabbed Dino and Maddie, who had finally made it across the street, and dragged them both back home.
I know they tell you not to bring a dog back in the house after they've been sprayed but I couldn't leave Dino out there to disturb the whole neighborhood so I brought him in and attempted to corral him into the bathroom. He slipped away ONCE AGAIN and ran right onto my bed where he proceeded to rub his oily head all over my pillows to get the spray off his face.
I was finally able to pick him up, toss him in the bathroom and shut the door. I went under my kitchen sink where I was sure my "skunk kit" was; one quart of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and Dawn dishwashing liquid. But I had no baking soda and no peroxide.
I called my sister and after what seemed like an eternity, she brought me my de-skunking supplies by tossing them on the front steps and running back to her car.
I yelled out thank you as she waved her arm back over her head.
I read that apple cider vinegar is supposed to absorb the smell so I have about 2 quarts of it in bowls all over the house. I think it's working but I'm not sure. I mean, skunks can't smell themselves, right?
Poor Dino's head is still a little stinky so when he lays next to Millie, this is what she does.
Bottom line, I think we all know what needs to happen here.
The skunk has to go.
I've hired the best hit man in town for the job.
Mr. Skunk will never know what hit him.