It’s 2:09 am.
Ask me what we have been doing for the last 5 hours.
We have been trying to get the smell of SKUNK out of our house. Yes, skunk.
Nasty can’t even begin to describe it. For a germ-o-phobe like me, this is a complete nightmare. You know that smell when you’re driving in your car and you know a skunk was nearby. That is nothing compared to what we have. Nothing. It’s 10 million times worse. It smells like horribly burnt garlic with a side of burnt rubber. I was sitting in the living room proofing a few photos while Jason put Taryn down for the night. I heard something bump into the back wall on our porch outside and then our dog yelped. Totally not like her. I jumped up out of my chair and fully expected to see a person standing back there trying to break into our house. I didn’t see anything and I took one step towards the window to see if I could see the dog and then started yelling for Jason. On the other side of the house reading Taryn a book he didn’t hear me. I ran down the hall and he quickly jumped up and followed me. At that point he looked out the window and then we smelled something. I was in panic mode worried about our dog. I just wanted to know she was ok, I was afraid she was hurt so I told Jason to let her in even though we thought there was a skunk out there. Jase looked again and the skunk was still on the porch. He looked at me and said “are you sure you want me to bring her in” and I said yes. I had no idea what that would cause or the magnitude of the stench that would come inside with her. But I wanted her to be ok, she’s a member of our family. And hearing her yelp like that scared me. The skunk got her right in the face. We called an ER vet right away. They told us to rinse her eyes out with saline solution and gave us a recipe to remove the stench from her coat. I feel so bad for her 🙁
Oh my goodness, the stink. Stink isn’t even a remotely close enough word to describe it. It burns your nose, your throat, your stomach even. Jase grabbed Kylie by the collar once he opened the door and took her straight to the garage. Even that short 15 seconds in the house, did a ton of damage. 5 hours later, after cleaning, researching home remedies online, bathing the dog, bathing the dog, bathing the dog, mopping the floors, putting towels down in front of each child’s door, using Vic’s vapor rub on our noses, doing home chemistry experiments in a mop bucket, changing out the filters in the house, mopping some more, we put out dozens of bowls of coffee grounds and vinegar. Ty even baked some coffee grounds covered in cinnamon at low heat with the oven door open. Cough drops help get the putrid taste out of your mouth, even for just a few minutes
Honestly, I was ready to bail. I called around looking for a hotel, convinced I would find one. I didn’t. Everyone is booked due to the hurricane. While Alli and Mike were kind enough to offer to come over and help us tomorrow (with margarita machine in tow – now that’s a real friend), after 5 hours tonight, I so just want to call in a service to come do the rest for us. I want the smell out of my furniture, my clothes, my skin, my whole freakin house. Yeah, I’m kinda freaking out about this.
Stupid freakin skunk.
OH MY GOSH. I was housesitting once when their dog got sprayed by a skunk, and it was like someone shoved onions up my nose, into my eyes and mouth, it was HORRIBLE. Horrible. Indescribable, I am so so sorry. What about gallons of febreze, would that work??
I am so sorry. This is one of my worst fears. It happened to my neighbor’s Shepherd last year and they said it was awful. We have a lab mix and if he got skunked I don’t know how we would get him cleaned, as he hates water. And he’s never stayed outside since we adopted him. He would be crushed if I wouldn’t let him in. Anyway, I don’t have any words of wisdom because it sounds like you are doing all the right things. I’m just sorry!!!!
O.M.G. That’s awful. I’m so sorry for you guys and poor Kylie! My friend Nichole was dogsitting once and the dog was sprayed by a skunk. She searched the house desperately for tomato juice and all she could find was Spicy V-8. So at that point the dog was not only skunked, he was orange and spicy.
Oh My Goodness! What a disaster! I’m so sorry this happened to you! Best of luck getting the rest of the stink out 🙁
I can’t imagine. I hope I never find out. Ugh. I’m sorry!! Hopefully you’ll have the stench out soon.
I can’t imagine the nightmare you are going thru! I surely do hope that you find something to get the smell out. Good luck.
I’m so sorry this happened to you.
Have you tried bathing Rylie in tomato juice? It works wonders! However, you are suppose to wash the dog on the outside.
Since I’m sure you have read everything on a home remedies you have already seen this.
As for the house-
I haven’t had the smell in the house before, so I’m no help there.
OMG, that sucks!!!! I really hope you can rid of that horrid smell and that Kylie is okay!!
If you bath the pooch in tomato paste it will at least take the smell out of her fur.
I can’t imagine the smell! yuck-ee
and on a complete side note, I just wanted to tell you I was praying for your family!!! Hoping their safe and sound!
Oh no, that’s terrible! I hope you get everything back to normal soon. Look on the bright side (if you can find a bright side in this), at least it didn’t happen when you were pregnant and suffering from that terrible all-day sickness!
Oh my goodness! That is craziness! You poor things (and Kylie too!).. I would have been frantic as well.. Enjoy that margarita machine.. sounds like you needed it! XOXOXO
I was wondering how life was going and am glad you are keeping the blog together. My mom refused to evauate again, and the last week with all the memories I have been thinking about your family again. Good info about the skunk. I always wondered what to do if the dog got into it with a critter. We may be in TX for Christmas, and if you have a few spare hours, we might drive by for photos. I would love to redo our wedding ones. or now, I guess, reall y do into marriage. Not on the nest often now, more on sparkpeople. Glad your life is moving forward well, too.
Oh Lindsay! I can’t even imagine. My car was sprayed once and it was never the same again…I can’t even imagine how much worse it is to have it in your home. Ugh. So sorry.
Oh my goodness! I feel your pain. We had one of those things spray under our house before. It was so awful!
Didn’t anyone ever tell you about tomato juice? Fill the bathtub with it and put the dog in. Pour it over him. Heck, see if you can get him to lie down in it!. Something about it neutralizes the skunk smell. Outside on your porch, take white vinegar and douse. Let sit. Not only does it take the smell out, the skunk won’t come back because they don’t like the smell of vinegar. By the way, your photography and your site is unbelievable!