A few weeks ago I let Red out into the yard. Its not fenced, but she always went out, did what she needed to do, and returned to the door. Then one day She ran out of the yard to attack to dogs walking with a very understanding man. I realized my mistake and said I wouldn’t do that anymore.
That was in the middle of the day with a lot of foot traffic past our house. There is no harm in walking out with her at midnight, standing in the yard while she takes care of business and happily walking into the house together, right?
There was no moon in the sky last night. Not sure why but sometimes it’s there and other times it’s not, there must be some pattern to determine when it will be visible. Anyway, she started walking be to me so we could do our happy walk to the house, when she turned and ran to a corner of the yard and started growling. I’m pretty sure she was telling me, “Hey come check this out. I need backup there appears to be a black cat with a white stripe on our yard”. The yard started to smell almost instantly and there was no way I was willing to provide backup for my dog. I actually ran a few steps when they both came my way. As my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I was able to see Red running at the skunk and retreating many times. I saw here water dish (an old margarine container and threw it at her, but it was too light and missed her). Fortunately, Telus was kind enough to put a phone book in the mailbox for the vacant suite below us, and fortunately it was a Nelson phone book and not a Vancouver phone book. It was just the right size to make her come to her senses. She instantly retreated walked over to me and sat at my feet. I’m pretty sure she thought she was doing me a favor by attacking a skunk.
We have bathed her in vinegar and water, shampoo and water, skunk-off and it isn’t as strong as before, but it isn’t gone yet either.
I just hope she smells nice for our 14 hour drive on Wednesday.