Dog sprayed by skunk – how to remove skunk smell


It has been over 10 years since we wrote about our Tuxedo and Pepé Le Pew’.  Sadly, our beloved canine buddy, Tuxedo, has passed. But his legend lives on.

The story….

‘My Border Collie/Lab mix is named Tuxedo. Makes sense since he wears black and white. Tuxedo is in love with his near mirror image Pepé Le Pew’*, the famous cartoon skunk renowned for his flirtatious antics with the ladies, and now with Tuxedo. Pepe lives in our backyard.

It’s the tails. Both Tux and Pepe flirt flick. Pepe lures Tux in every time. Tux forgets that he will end up being back ended, shunned and sprayed. Love gone awry.

I see the skunk. I whistle for Tux but he is deaf around Pepe. I wish for Cesar Milan to miraculously appear. I wish this was not happening. But it is all over in a split second, Pepe’s malodorous scent prevailing.

The only thing to do is unroll the hose, get out the bucket and lather up.. Hopefully one good friend is around, with whom you promise to share your million winning lotto ticket, offering to help you wash the sad eyed Tux.

Sleeves rolled up, noses taped, and Earth to Body original shampoo in hand…. you are set to go. Yep, it works. Lather and scrub, avoiding the eyes and cursing Pepe and his shameless ways. Rinse, lather and scrub again, rinse some more. Now for the finale, the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse massaged gently but thoroughly through the mane to tail.

Our shampoo and our vinegar rinse really do work. It is the only reason we have not shot Pepe (just kidding).  At lease we know we can survive a skunking.


When your pet needs a bath, using a natural soap bar is always a good solution, Pepé Le Pew initiated or not.  ‘But please use real soap. And do not use Human ‘chemical laden commercial shampoos for bathing dogs as their skin is different from ours. 

Yet, a natural soap is safe and healthy on both you and your dog’s skin. 

Just as we humans never enjoyed eating soap, your dog may try to eat it, but should not do so either. For cleaning only.

* Pepé Le Pew is an animated character from the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, introduced in 1945. Depicted as a French striped skunk, Pepé is constantly on the quest for love. However, his offensive skunk odor and aggressive pursuit of romance typically cause other characters to run away from him

Martha Shannon
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