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Tahoe Today: Tahoe bound and we were skunked

Would I even dare make this story up? I don’t think so.

Have you ever been skunked? That terrible horrible, pungent smell and when the wind hits your car window in just the right way while you are driving. You shout out loud, “Oh no it’s a skunk!” Then you the roll the windows up as fast as you can while you hold your nose and breath at the same time.

Now that’s what I’m talking about, however this little story is very in-depth.

My husband Blythe and I were in Sacramento with our two dogs Princess and Sadie-Ann staying on J Street. There is a park around the corner near the river that we always take our dogs to just before retiring. This evening really wasn’t unusual at all. My husband parked the car to the side while he let both girls out. The next thing I knew Sadie was running out from the bushes and Princess had ran back in the car rubbing her nose to the car floor of our SUV.

Blythe started screaming.

“The girls were sprayed by a skunk!” he shouted.

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What do you do when your dogs have been sprayed? Is there a manual for this? Why it was in the middle of the night? The smell reeked through out the car and all over the dog. My husband tried his best to wipe the girls clean but it was close to midnight. I must admit after awhile of smelling that awful smell you sort of don’t smell it anymore.

On the way back to the motel we stopped at the 7-Eleven. I got out of the car, went inside and almost forgot about the smell when several ladies gave me the look and backed away from me. I just stared at the ceiling wondering why they were pacing themselves away.

Then I went back into the SUV and the stink was unbearable. We had to tolerate it until the morning. It would be a long trip back home to Tahoe especially when we had to drive Highway 80 through Truckee because the road was closed.

However, on our way home we ended up in the cute town of Auburn, a place I had never been to. After gassing up, we somehow got lost trying to find our way back to the freeway. Low and behold there was a vet’s office right in front of my very eyes. I took that as a sign – they would have an answer.

“My dogs were sprayed by a skunk do you have a solution?” I asked.

The young lady smiled and handed me a hand-written piece of paper which read as follows:

Skunk bath

Baking soda, peroxide, little vinegar and Dawn dish soap. Mix until paste and let sit on dog for up to 20 minutes. Wash and rinse dog. Repeat as necessary.

This blew my mind – a hand-written note on how to erase the stink from a skunk.

I thanked her. Then I told Blythe, “You see it was meant to be that we get lost in this town and end up at the vet. What are the odds on this?”

When we arrived home we tried this remedy it worked. Only a little smell lingers.

Now the car, that’s another smelly story.

– Dayle Schear is a South Shore resident and psychic who has published five books and worked with “Hard Copy.” Her website is http://www.dayleschear.com.