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Monday, October 25, 2010

Honey, Is that Skunk Cabbage I Smell?

If you take a lot of walks in the woods, you have probably smelled Skunk Cabbage. Well, it isn’t Skunk Cabbage season, which is early spring and it may not be breeding season for skunks but if you smell that funky aroma that only a skunk can share with its best friends, you may have just hit the Chanel aisle for Pepe’ Le Pew. If you are too young to remember one of the best Warner Brother cartoon characters, well, there is always YouTube.

So to get back on subject, our ‘live for the moment’ Border Collie Ben decided to experience a huge dose of skunk oil on Saturday night just before we were heading out the door for dinner. Sorry to say, the plans went a miss but I did find a remedy that beats tomato juice or vinegar. Fortunately, we had the mineral oil to protect his eyes. Although his muzzle and head is still a bit skunky, this concoction sure did the trick for the massive oil spill on his chest. So for all my dog loving readers out there, stock up on these items. You don’t want to look like me – crazy Annie with a Wal-Mart shopping cart barreling to the checkout counter with 10 bottles of hydrogen peroxide and boxes of baking soda.

I don’t know that Ben will become a platinum blonde but he seems to be doing just fine. The toothpaste and apple cider brew I used on his muzzle is a tad crusty. That was my creation but it seems to throw off a better scent.

So in Annie fashion, I end with the inspirational quote for the day by Diane Ackerman. “Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.” This is one of those unexpected scents so it’s worth being prepared. Have a great Monday.
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