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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

Gold. Frustratingly bad night changed by the magic of your wordsmith powers to joy for your readers. What a gift. Sympathy drawn for all, even the skunk. Thank you.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

On the eve of freshman move in, my daughter drove our van, fully packed with all her worldly belongings, to say her farewells. And hit a skunk. I smelled it as she pulled up the drive. I ran out in my pj’s, said “move over” and drove to the nearby 24 hr car wash for the deluxe undercarriage wash. Ran it through twice. The gagging smell had permeated everything inside. I burned candles, put in bowls of vinegar, and hoped for the best. Not much sleep was had that night. As if moving your first child to college isn’t stressful enough! We drove to college with the windows open. By the time we arrived, I couldn’t tell if it was better or we’d become desensitized. But as far as I know and to their credit, the lifelong friends she made that year never mentioned that all her belongings smelled at least slightly of skunk.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

Hey, at least you didn't go through what my best friend did years ago. Her female Malamute got sprayed. The advice she had was to use Massingill on the dog. She proceeded to go to the store & get an entire cart full of it. The look on the clerk's face who checked her out (a teenage boy) was, according to her, indescribable.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

Our elder dog Tobey, now 16, has been skunked multiple times. Once, it happened right after my son was born. I frantically called the Cleveland Clinic nurse hotline and explained that my new baby was in a house with an animal that had been skunked. They asked if the baby had been skunked and when I said no, informed me they’d have to call me back because no one had ever asked what to do if a new baby is in a house that smells like skunk. Short answer: there is nothing to do and the baby will be fine. But now they know for the next person who calls.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

This is the stuff of life. Horrible in the moment but hilarious in the rear view mirror!

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Having been through several dogs getting skunked over the years I laughed until I cried. Not funny, but yes, funny! Years ago family friends had 2 white Samoans, who both got skunked the night before their daughter's backyard wedding. The tomatoes juice just turned them pink. Somebody told them to use Massengill's douche, so Dad goes to the drug store and buys every box on the shelf (those were very big dogs). The cashier gave him a look, and he said "My daughter is getting married tomorrow". But, it worked! Thanks for the giggles to start my day, Connie!

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Aug 2, 2023·edited Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

My dogs have been skunked more times than I can count. Everyone says "you'd think they would learn!" Yeah, you'd think! This week they each were hit on 2 separate nights. The 1 dog rubbed his face all over the rug & furniture on the deck so hard that his lips were bleeding. This was on top of a week where we had a flea infestation & a broken clothes dryer.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

I laughed so hard yet felt so sorry for you, Walter, and Franklin too. Hopefully Mama Skunk will take her babies and move on.

I'm so glad you were able to finally de-skunk everything (I don't know if I would have had your patience!). I'm pretty sure Sherrod was glad to have been in DC. What a great story! Thank you.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

An old rancher once told me that the tomato juice trick was when you were "gonna give up and bury the offended critter. Tomato juice throws off the scent of an early death to avoid digging." THAT was an eye opener. He too had the skunk kit, or I should say the ranch had 4 kits. One as a spare, one at the main house, one in the main barn and one in the bunk house. That rancher was my uncle who never met a story he couldn't expand upon. He would've love this one.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

Only you could make a shrunk encounter so hilarious! I cringe laughed oh noooo with each description of Franklin’s travels through your house. Bless his heart.

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We had two dogs who had a Close Encounter of the Worst Kind. It’s awful. With the first dog I did my best to wash her then put her down in the basement. The basement of my 250-year-old house is like a large room in the Tower of London, with beamed ceilings and embedded rocks in the walls; it’s more like a cave. She didn’t have a clue as to why we exiled her, she thought she smelled

just lovely! As soon as we got the smell out she went out and rolled in manure on a nearby farm field. Guess she just wanted more perfume.

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

I’m in tears. From the laughter. Thanks for a great wake-up read!

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

Oh gosh, this is hilarious…. Thank you for turning what I know (from my sisters) to be a horror show experience, to a very funny addition to my morning! (Thankfully, I live in a condo with indoor cats, so i won’t be needing a de-skunking kit, but I’m glad to know there is such a thing!)

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

Oh my…as one whose 13 year old dog experienced her first skunking 2 days ago, I thank you for making me laugh(as I continue to fill up bowls of vinegar and place them by ALL of the rugs and furniture!)

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

I love, love, love this! But oh, I feel your pain!

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Aug 2, 2023Liked by Connie Schultz

I always enjoy reading your stories. This one was a great way to start my day, though I can imagine is was a fraught way to start yours following this incident. Thank you for the great writing and laughs.

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