Guess who got skunked

Kaiser2016

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Short version: Kaiser got skunked 😩 He's been bathed on the deck, in the dark, with the garden hose, and no one died from the experience, but wow what a stink!

Long version: Kaiser had a bout of diarrhea recently so poop patrol has been on high alert. My hb got up at 4 am, still dark out, to put Kaiser outside. As they go outside, Kaiser goes krazy - lots of loud aggressive barks, I hear my hb yelling "No, leave it" over and over - we had been sleeping with the windows open, so I heard all the commotion, bolted out of bed, went to the window overlooking the yard. I could see Kaiser's long shadow from the flood lights and it was like he was frozen in the yard, the smell of burning rubber suddenly hit me so I knew he had been sprayed and then I saw the skunk! It moved like a figurine in table hockey. It was surreal. You didn't see his feet move, he just glided. He stood tall, striped tail up, went into reverse, never turning it's back on Kaiser. Once it had its back against the fence, he moved like a robot sideways along the fence a few steps at a time, pausing to make sure Kaiser wasn't moving, he did this until he got to the gate and slipped underneath it. As he disappeared into the alley, he triggered other lights to go on so I knew he was gone. I yell through the window to tell my hb to get the dog on the deck and to not touch him.

I get downstairs and immediately google what to do next. Thank god I am all stocked up on hydrogen peroxide and baking soda! In the meantime, my hb is telling me he thinks Kaiser BIT the skunk and that he was foaming at the mouth! 😲Then I realize I can't hear the dog - usually he'd bark to get back into the house. I rush to the door because now I'm wondering if Kaiser is turning into a rabid wolf and if my resident evil zombie Doberman nightmares are about to come true. I open the door just a crack and he's standing there staring at me like nothing happened, no froth. The smell hits me. I tell him to wait and shut the door on him.

Then my hb tells me we can't let him inside and we have to bathe him outside 😧 It is amazing how quickly your brain can work in a situation like this. I prepped two buckets with baking soda, opened both new bottles of peroxide, added dish detergent and went outside. I had a collar and leash and we both were in rain boots. Somehow I also thought putting on an apron was necessary 🤪 Outside, we bathed him on the deck and he seemed to understand why we had to do it. Good thing it has been hot, because the hose water was cool but not ice cold like it usually is! I mixed the peroxide just before pouring it over him. He got the spray mainly in the head/face - the hardest part of a dog to clean! I held his snout and poured the mixture on top of his head while tilting his head such that it wouldn't get in his ears, but then I didn't want him snorting it either, so then I had to tilt his head downward. This was all too much for him, because now he started squirming. My hb and I were swarming him to catch him and we backed him into a corner where the weed whacker and the broom were, it also happened to be a dark corner of the deck so he backed into the items and they came crashing down. Then he ran forward and smashed into the deck furniture. I also had his prong outside, so I put him on it and that helped to finish the remaining washing up. His body smells normal, but his face will need a bit more washing, his eyes are red, no doubt from the spray and from the tension of the situation, but he is eating and drinking like normal and sleeping now.
 

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Oh man, that just plain sucks!! So sorry you your hubs and Kaiser had to experience that. These guys sure stick their nose where it doesn’t belong.
Hopefully this will be a lesson and never be a repeat situation but being a Doberman, I seriously doubt it. :D
 

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Wow, what an ordeal! From the barking, yelling, right down to the crashing doberman not enjoying his face bath... I wonder what the neighbors think 😂 So did the mixture work? Does he still smell skunk-y? I wonder if he ate some skunk poop earlier and that was the result of the diarrhea? Mr. Skunk decided to return but was welcomed this time around. 😬
 

Kaiser2016

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Oh man, that just plain sucks!! So sorry you your hubs and Kaiser had to experience that. These guys sure stick their nose where it doesn’t belong.
Hopefully this will be a lesson and never be a repeat situation but being a Doberman, I seriously doubt it. :D
That's what I'm worried about! After we bathed him he kept asking to go out to check! :facepalm:
Wow, what an ordeal! From the barking, yelling, right down to the crashing doberman not enjoying his face bath... I wonder what the neighbors think 😂 So did the mixture work? Does he still smell skunk-y? I wonder if he ate some skunk poop earlier and that was the result of the diarrhea? Mr. Skunk decided to return but was welcomed this time around. 😬
After the ordeal, my hb took Kaiser for a little walk to shake off the experience (and also in case THIS new experience would trigger diarrhea again :pullhair:), I used the time to wash off the yard and deck so that I could be done with this disaster and I did notice that all the neighbors upstairs lights were on :blush-alt: The mixture definitely worked, but after he dried, the skunk smell was still on his snout so I've been wiping it with all sorts of stuff all morning long. Alcohol, baking soda/peroxide paste, I'm surprised his snout isn't bald by now! I have also bathed him again just to be sure. Of course, water reactivates the smell, so how fabulous that the basement now smells like skunk too 🤬 Oh man, I hope he did not eat skunk poop! That's not his style, but who knows.
That’s an awesome story! Belongs in the Doberman Chronicles…..
Never a boring time with this dog, that's for sure 😆
You did a great write-up! Hopefully you & hubs and Kaiser will get some rest now.
Kaiser's sunbathing and the cat just threw up :spit:

After his last bath, I mopped all the floors to ensure there was no stink on there. Then I went outside to rewash the deck because in broad daylight all the baking soda was still visible :facepalm: It was like a cocaine deal went wrong in the yard there was white powder everywhere!:rofl:
 

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Ugh there isn't much worse than being skunked...

I remember our Boxer getting sprayed more than once in the 80's, always at night and at the time tomato juice was the only known remedy. It didn't work well at all and one of those times I had a 4 hour drive to St. Paul the next day with him in the car. :green:
 

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Ooh Noooooo!! well told haha, not fun to be IN, but you had it all; the time, the noise items crashing.. Good that you didn't have to catch a flight right after...
 

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Sorry- can’t help but laugh while sitting next to my non-smelly doberman.

Didn’t you nust give him a bath last week? He was so shiny and lovely looking haha.

And now your cats throwing up? Your animals are revolting against you guys for some reason. You might want to get to the bottom of that 😂
 

Kaiser2016

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Didn’t you nust give him a bath last week? He was so shiny and lovely looking haha.

And now your cats throwing up?
Lol it’s true, in the space of 10 days he’s been bathed 3x now! I think the cat figured it’s a good way to get attention 😼 Enjoy your non smelly Doberman!
 

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Our neighbors dog used to get skunked multiple times each summer. Worked in our favor because when River got skunked before a 5 hr road trip home we were able to use the same formula you did based on their experiences. Made the trip so much more bearable. Hope he can be cuddled again soon, lol.
 

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Yes, that peroxide/baking soda concoction works the best! Their faces are sooooooo hard to get clean. Rubie face smelled for a at least a week after her 2nd or 3rd bath but only when you got up REALLY close to it.

Rubie decided to get skunked while my husband was out of town and when I was letting them out for their pre-bedtime potty break. She did not get a direct hit but that smell....

Luckily it was early spring so I had ALL the windows opens the entire 3 days my husband was out of town. I did go into work the next day and was sitting there like... I think I smell. I asked a co-worker who very politely said, Ya know, I thought I could smell something but it's not terrible per say.

Yup, I hightailed it out of there :rofl: Every time we walk around the neighborhood and get a whiff of skunk, I think of the poor soul who has to deal with the skunky dog.
 

Kaiser2016

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We have had the windows open, and thankfully there is a breeze! The smoke in the sky cleared long enough to let the sun out to hopefully destroy the stink particles in the yard because that area is smelling normal. Now it's just where ever Kaiser nose pokes...like everywhere. It's definitely on his head - his cheeks and the fur along the top of his snout. We keep holding his head to sniff him, I wonder what he thinks we are doing. We never kiss him, so this proximity is unusual. This poor thing. Imagine how much it must stink to him! And knowing that he's the stinky one lol. I'm going to try a bit of a lemon scrub today and see if that doesn't help 'mask' the odor until it goes away on its own.
 

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Buddy got skunked when he was very young and it was horrible. The face is usually what gets the most just because they're facing or chasing the skunk. His face smelled for a long time. Every time we'd grab his face for a hug, it was :green::wtf3::green: He was probably like, Hey, what the hell! :tap: LOL
 

Kaiser2016

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Buddy got skunked when he was very young and it was horrible. The face is usually what gets the most just because they're facing or chasing the skunk. His face smelled for a long time. Every time we'd grab his face for a hug, it was :green::wtf3::green: He was probably like, Hey, what the hell! :tap: LOL
Do you have skunks in your area? If it happened just once, maybe they aren't so common? Here, we have seen them in the back lanes, even from a short distance, but have never seen them enter fenced yards, so this was really unexpected. I just hope they don't come back to the 'scene of the crime'. I would like to think their own stench tells them to stay away from the trouble spot.
 

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Do you have skunks in your area? If it happened just once, maybe they aren't so common? Here, we have seen them in the back lanes, even from a short distance, but have never seen them enter fenced yards, so this was really unexpected. I just hope they don't come back to the 'scene of the crime'. I would like to think their own stench tells them to stay away from the trouble spot.
Oh yeah. Skunks are common here. The only thing is I have never actually seen one. The one that got Buddy was my first and I didn't even get a good look at him. It was very early morning and still dark. All I saw was some kind of dark object in front of us that I instinctively knew was out of place. Buddy was on a long line so I didn't have as much control to pull him away and he was curious! Since that day I have only seen Roadkill or smelled them when I stepped out of the house. Mostly early morning. The stench is incredible, isn't it? When I get a whiff of them, I don't let the dog (s) out until I see that the coast is clear. 😁

I'm not sure what attracts them but there must have been something in your fenced yard he was looking for. Or perhaps just found his way through a hole and then couldn't find his way out. Not sure what how good of a climber they are.

And I'm sure that they don't smell themselves as anything bad. On the contrary, they probably smell it and think, Oh boy, a comrade! Or perhaps, a love interest! 😉

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Kaiser2016

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I did wonder if Kaiser thought it was a dog or cat in the yard. My hb said Kaiser wrestled it first. He does like to paw slap small animals lol.

I've read they can be attracted to food waste, but then I expect they would have learned how to tip over our green compost bins. In the summer, we keep the compost bin in the back alley, so maybe it was attracted to bits of dog food in the yard - Kaiser eats his bully sticks and Kongs outside. This year the weather has been so hot, I wonder if that is another reason for the skunks to be roaming into yards. You'd think the smell of a dog would keep them away.

The smell is just unreal! So potent! I'm glad this one smelled more like burned tires than rotten eggs, I think that would have been worse.
 

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Gosh there was a dead skunk on my commute to and from work a couple weeks ago and I could barely stand the smell, even if my windows were up.
This one was wandering around in our yard in January when they're supposed to be hibernating...
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