We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Trickled home last night and found an alarming, sulfurous odor in the office wing of the house.
Electrical fire? Sniffed all around the place. Noticed it was strongest where the windows were wide open. Stepped out into the backyard. Aha!
The powerful rotten-egg odor of skunk discharge had been wafting in the windows. I should have known.
We enjoy our local Striped Skunks. We have watched Mom, with her kits, dancing and prancing in the spotlight on the lawn out back. Skunks were thought to be members of the Weasel family, but there is doubt about that now. Probably related to the European Polecat. Ours are nocturnal, omnivorous, and solitary except with their kits. Their main predators around here are probably Great Horned Owls.
I think we have two local skunks: One lives under a small outbuilding, and one in an abandoned woodchuck hole. They are good neighbors if you leave them alone.
And yes, the dog did get skunked. His first time, and probably his last. He did not sleep on my pillow last night, and, if it's still bad today, he will get the traditional tomato juice shower/bath.
My dog was skunked several years ago. The odor gets into the oils of their skin and remains there for quite some time. I did use the old tomato juice remedy as well. I rid the house of the odor by boiling vinegar on the stove. Skunk odor now no longer upets me as when I first encountered it.
A few years later, a female skunk moved her litter under my front stoop for several years running, evading all of my attempts with hardware cloth, chicken wire, rock, and concrete to plug the holes in and around the stoop. She would stay until late July and then move her kittens to a wooded area like a cat.
In the process of getting her and her family out, I trapped a few animals nearby in a spring cage. Our animal control officer would release the opposums and racoons, but euthanize the skunks that I caught. The holes are plugged and the skunks are gone this year--I rather miss them.
There is frequently an odor of skunk in the community. We are very close to the forest preserves that run for many miles along the Chicago River nearly up to Wisconsin. This is not rural Illinois, but 15 miles NW of the Sears Tower. And the woods are loaded also with deer and coyotes.
Forget the tomato juice. Pup pointed a skunk last year, result dog was literally green from the spray. Remedy: 1 qt 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and a squirt of dish washing soap. Wet pup down and apply above mixture liberally. Rinse pup and re-apply if necessary. After this treatment pup road home in the truck and romped into the house with no one the wiser. It even got the stink out of the chaps and vest. Try this and you will never use the tomato juice again.
I have trapped over 23 skunks over the years- in groups
of 7 or 8. They would burrow under my small cottage, taking
up residence below the floor boards of my desk.
They out-gas pretty much all the time- causing burning
eyes & some nausea.. They come in all sizes & colors...
some are mostly white.
A trapper told me skunks nest in groups of 7 or more, males & females mixed together... for body heat to survive the winters.