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25 April 2012 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

This last week has born witness to at least two skunk sitings.

Breagha, still leash bound, has not been at liberty to cause any emergency appointments at the dog spa, but River has yet to learn that these little land mines are not to be trifled with.

Despite the bizarre, effeminate way they jostle around, long hair swinging in tassels, tail floating behind them like the wispy trails of a deadly jellyfish, I have a deep sense of foreboding when I see one.

I cringe inwardly at the hours of work waiting, hands on hips in the future should the dogs decide to pick a fight with the drag queen of the forest.

Skunks really are an oddity to me. As strange in their composition as a zebra, or giraffe. Without the really obvious anatomical differences that set them apart, their mechanism for self defence is just out and out weird.

No wonder they never seem in a terrible rush to get anywhere.

Either they have no friends waiting for them (for how could they?), or they are not harried by the ever present dangers of life in the mountains.

Who would antagonise something that can cause you to smell to the point of suicide for weeks on end, and to add insult to injury, that delivers this fateful blow by a jet-stream from their arse?

Really, not only undignified, but I wonder why they do not practice some form of ritual suicide bought on by bashfulness at their God given composition.

I really have no time for skunks.

Time to make a trip to the City and replace that long lost .22.

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Clare | Date: 15 June 2012 12:12:50 PM

Thanks Sabrina! I now have a recipe to get me out of trouble next time they pick on a skunk! Hope you are well : ). Clare

Sabrina | Date: 29 April 2012 12:25:36 AM

What a hoot! Great Horned Owls, Clare. Delicacy for their "taste buds". 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide 1/2 cup of baking soda 1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap ...and for large pets you can add 1 quart of lukewarm water Mix all of the ingredients in a large bucket and thoroughly work the mixture into the pet's fur. It may be necessary to allow the solution to sit for about 5 minutes to ensure the best results. It is very important that you be extremely careful in keeping the solution out of the pet's eyes, and that the animal not be allowed to lick itself during the bath. To de-scent the facial area, use a washcloth dipped into the solution and carefully clean around those sensitive areas. After the solution has set into the fur, rinse the animal thoroughly. Remember that nothing works perfectly for skunk scents and it may be necessary to repeat the process until the smell has dissipated.

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