Polymer Clay Day #49: Oh MY GOODNESS, My Dog Met a Skunk Hydrangea Pendant

First, I would just like to say… WOW. WOW. So, I went for my 7 mile run this morning, pondering how much I have to be grateful for, and how I am happier with life now then I ever have been. I recall a point along the path when I thought to myself, “there are a lot of skunks in my new neighborhood.”. It was a fleeting thought, or maybe a premonition. I return home and let my dogs out to do their thing in the yard while I grab a cool drink from the fridge, a decision I would later regret. I was comfortable in doing this because the 2 have gotten loose from the gated area twice for several hours since we moved here, and have just hung out near the house. Wouldn’t you know it, the jack russell decided to venture out, returning an hour or so later with a birthday present for me – skunk spray. I was in my family room when, just like in the cartoon, the scent rolled in and grabbed my nose. I thought something was burning. I went to investigate, to find my sullen terrier, head hung with a stunned look about him. I picked him up and took him straight to the sink, grabbed the dawn and scrubbed him down. By the smell of my house, you would swear I invited a dozen skunks over and unleashed a wolf among them.

I found this website on how to get the stink out of your dog and home. Since it’s my birthday, I had birthday dinner plans. I had shared the odor trauma story with my sister, and she thoughtfully included yankee candle odor killer votives, which are currently burning in multitudes around my home. Poor Bovie (my terrier). Not only did he get sprayed by a skunk then spend several hours in the scorching heat, but he got to experience 2 hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, dish soap 5 minute soaks/spray downs with the water hose. He still reeked of sulfites, so i sprayed him down with febreeze/downy fabric softener. He has has a bad day. I think I am getting use to the smell. That, or my olfactory cells are playing dead. Lisa, I am wishing about now that I had your loss of smell problem!

I did make something out of clay through all of this. My first stab at a flower cane. Fun! Here is the tutorial I used by Dawn Naylor, from Polymer Clay Central – an wealth of information for clayers.
If any of you have a magic cure for skunk stank, I am all ears.
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