Ruby Tuesday – A slightly smelly edition!

11 Jun

Ruby's head

I know that some of you worry when I complain that Ruby is a bad dog. Of course, she isn’t even remotely bad. Given her age, anything “bad” she might do is completely and utterly my fault. I totally know that. When I tell her she’s a bad dog, it’s with the most loving, sweet, baby-talk voice. She knows I don’t mean it. She is the sort of dog who knows the difference between “BAD DOG!” and “what a bad dog!” (I have had dogs who did not know the difference which is a whole other story. )

This week, Ruby has been pretty good although she did pee on Gage’s floor again. Not sure what is up with that one but she got in big trouble for it. I have had dogs before where I felt they were just testing the rules to see what they could get away with — that usually happens at around 6-8 months when it happens but maybe with Rat Terriers it is later or (Heaven Forbid) more frequent than with Labradors! Eeeek! I made it quite clear to Ruby that I did not appreciate her efforts to improve the general ambiance in Gage’s room. And while she was correct in asserting that his room was a pig sty, adding her own personal efforts was not appropriate.

Ruby on alert

No, Ruby is a really good dog. The needs that we had for a dog have been met by her beautifully. She is playful, loving, silly, naughty, cuddly. She responds when she thinks you are upset and is very tuned in to people’s emotions. She is protective but not yappy. She is highly trainable which is wonderful.

In the picture above, Ruby is letting me know that there is SOMETHING across the creek. As I stood up and looked, I saw SOMETHING. Something had long black fur and a long black tail. Something also had a white streak along its back. Something was singularly unimpressed with the dog barking across the bank and up the hill. Something did not scurry away or run up a tree. Something ambled in a most relaxed manner. Thankfully, something was downwind of us. Ruby doesn’t need to meet Something anytime soon.

But, if Something like what I describe visits with your dog or cat, you need to know how to get rid of the scent. Tomato juice does not work. Here is what does work . . .

Skunk Odor Remover Recipe


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp dishwashing liquid
  • 1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

What to do:

  1. Mix ingredients togther in a bucket. Do not store in an open container. This recipe creates a chemical reaction that fizzes. It can’t be stored — mix up a new batch whenever you need it!
  2. Sponge the stuff all over the dog — be careful of its eyes!
  3. Rinse thoroughly.
  4. Repeat if needed.

This recipe makes enough for a small Ruby-sized dog. If you are doing a larger dog, you will need more solution. I used this solution on my Labradors twice. Once the dog got a shot in the face but nowhere else on his body and once another lab wandered through a cloud left by an irritated skunk. This worked beautifully both times. You can also launder bedding and crates in it.

Hopefully, Ruby will never need this but skunks really don’t care about other animals.  They find our fence to be much more of a deterrent than our dogs have ever been.  Raccoons stay away now.  The deer don’t come back in the yard now.  Goodness knows the moles are probably putting out memos to stay away.  But, skunks aren’t concerned.  Someday, Ruby is going to get hit.  Hmmm, I better stock up on baking soda and hydrogen peroxide now!  Waiting til the stores open in the morning won’t be a good option!  If skunks are active in your neck-of-the-woods, stock up on some supplies now too.  Better safe than stinky!


12 Responses to “Ruby Tuesday – A slightly smelly edition!”

  1. jayne 12 June, 2007 at 3:20 am #

    Whew… glad Ruby escaped that! I probably pass two or three as roadkill every day in our neck of the woods. As bad as it smells for miles, I can’t imagine a direct spray! Good recipe to have on hand.

  2. mon@rch 12 June, 2007 at 3:37 am #

    My father would always say, here kitty kitty kitty, every time he saw a skunk! Lucky, my dogs never got mixed up with a skunk and for sure that isn’t something you want to deal with also! My neighbors dog got mixed up with one and for a year had that slight smell to it! HAPPY RUBY TUESDAY!

  3. Lynne 12 June, 2007 at 5:23 am #

    Good girl Ruby! Keeping those stripey critters moving along- glad it didn’t stop!

  4. Mary 12 June, 2007 at 5:37 am #

    Wow, Liza. I hope I never need to use that recipe! Ruby is a great dog – doing what she does very well. I love the back of the head shot. That’s the look of intense watchfulness, right?

    Btw – Ruby’s antics are mild compared to Chloe’s as a puppy. Chloe was bad to the bone.

  5. robin andrea 12 June, 2007 at 7:40 am #

    Ruby looks like such a good dog, even when she’s doing something she’s not supposed to!

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen or smelled a skunk. We could frequently sniff them out along the Carbonara Creek in Santa Cruz, close to our house. We mostly smelled them at night, thought, when they were walking along what we called “the critter highway”– the creek banks. Fortunately, we never had an encounter between a skunk and our kitty cat. I’ve always thought that skunks were nocturnal, but a little research shows that they are crepuscular (dawn or dusk) critters. I’m always a little wary of seeing skunks during the day, as it could be a sign of rabies.

  6. beloved49 12 June, 2007 at 9:38 am #

    May I ask, why did you go over to wordpress. I tried but could not understand how it works, Blogger is so easy.
    BTW, wonderful pictures,


  7. Pam 12 June, 2007 at 1:09 pm #

    Glad Ruby didn’t get skunked! I love the first photo of her!

  8. KGMom 12 June, 2007 at 3:53 pm #

    We have only had one dog get skunked. He was our first dog, and was all white. We did try the tomato juice route–it turned him pink all over. By the time we got done laughing, we couldn’t tell if he was stinky or not.
    We have friends who had a dog get porcupined–shot in the nose while trying to sniff a porcupine.

  9. Mary 12 June, 2007 at 5:36 pm #

    Didn’t Donna’s comment crack you up? LOL!

  10. lizalee 12 June, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    You guys are great! The tomato juice turning the dog pink story is hilarious!

    My parents used to have a dog that was porcupined regularly — he could NOT stop bugging them porquers.

    Ruby isn’t usually out at night and if she barks we get to her right away. She hopefully won’t ever get skunked. The labs would because they were out at all hours and didn’t usually bark at critters.

  11. Laura 12 June, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    I just love that top pic!

  12. tovorinok 5 July, 2007 at 1:06 am #


    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!


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