Monday, June 14, 2010

Maggie got skunked ............


I knew it would happen! This morning I had the windows open and caught a brief odor of skunk. I went out in the back yard and called Maggie, but didn't see her. I could still smell skunk, however, and was silently praying that it wasn't Maggie that tangled with the skunk. I went back inside and happened to see Maggie on the front porch. When I opened the front door, it hit me in the face - SKUNK! Poor Maggie's left eye was shut and the left side of her face and left paw were wet. She wanted inside, but of course I said No! and quickly shut the door in her face.


I called the Vet's office to see if they had anything I could use on her. They gave me a recipe using hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and Dawn dish detergent. You are suppose to bath them in this solution. Yeah, right! I had no idea we would be able to give Maggie a bath, but I called Hubby, who was in Richmond, and told him to pick up some hydrogen peroxide on his way home.


Maggie sat at the door begging to come in for awhile, then stretched out on the porch and sulked. Just before Hubby got home, she disappeared. I think she went under the deck. She finally came out a little while ago. The odor didn't seem as bad, but we mixed up a batch of anti-skunk solution. Hubby held her and I tried to wipe her face and paw with the solution. She wasn't too happy about the process and put up a big fight, so I only got in a few wipes before Hubby had to let her go. The odor that is left will just have to wear off.


Aren't you glad odors don't travel through the computer? She's still outside, but I will have to bring her inside before dark. I can't smell skunk right now, but I'm sure she will deposit the odor around the house when she comes in. Just one of the joys of having pets in the country.

9 comments:

Andrew said...

Oy, that would be horrible. My female dog is named Maggie. I smiled when I read this post. I just got finished walking her for an hour -- one of her favorite joys. The neighborhood is like an undiscovered country for her.

Linda said...

Just as you thought, Maggie got in trouble. Hopefully the odor will go away soon. People dream of living in the country, and it is wonderful, but it does have its moments. Let's hope she's learned her lesson, walk a wide path around skunks.

KathyA said...

I had a feeling!! I thought, though, it would have been Mazie Grace.
That questions about the anti-skunk solution (Peroxide, baking soda, and Dawn) was on Jeopardy tonight. Isn't that a coincidence?
I used to bathe our cats once in a while. I'd don gloves and just go at it. It's rough though!

Snappy Di said...

Our dogs go after anything in the yard that moves so I KNOW our skunk days will one day arrive.

Missy of course was bitten by a rattler two summers ago. Did she learn? Doubt it because there is a shedded snake skin just off the front porch and she and Handsome BOTH keep going over to sniff it. I'm sure if Mr. Snake were still in it they would harass him. We think it's a garter snake skin, but who knows.

Sorry about the skunky smell... poor kitty.

Di

Diane said...

OMG poor Maggie and you :(

NitWit1 said...

Phew..............I keep thinking Luckie will encounter a skunk and she is a avid hunter even in the yard.

We have few to none skunks in our city. In fact we have an adage a skunk seen in a city setting is likely rabid, especially if it is daylight.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Poor Maggie! It's hard when you get skunked, then Mom and Dad want to bathe you on top of it. Kitties really get upset about that.

Snippety Gibbet said...

Bless her heart and bless your's too. YUCK. What a rotten thing to happen to your baby. jan

Lilla said...

oh, poor Maggie! I've never had a pet skunked, but it's bound to happen one day. I had heard about the peroxide, baking soda and Dawn concoction before. Did it do the trick?