Day 362 – July 28, 2015

Well, it has been a year of epic changes. It has been a year of new careers, new opportunities, new blessings, new challenges…

It has also been a year of new nuisances. You know, not life-altering, but certainly not life-enhancing. The lice episode from earlier in the summer comes immediately to mind, of course, but I have something new to add to this most epic of years.

Our dog got sprayed by a skunk yesterday. We got her pretty well taken care of, I think. There is still a slight, muted scent which is lingering, but then again, that could just be the smell which is stuck in our noses – I suspect permanently. We left her outside all day, to air out after we had washed her thoroughly and repeatedly, and it was really pretty sad. She doesn’t like to eat or sleep outside, so her food wasn’t touched all day and I don’t think she got any rest. And every time we would go to the back door to look through the window and check on her, she was standing there, looking at the door expectantly, waiting for us to open it and finally give her the love and attention to which she has become accustom. But, we couldn’t.

Finally, last night, we decided to let her in for the night. Kelly opened the door, and she wasn’t there right away. He heard some commotion, and then she came running…and then he smelled it. New, fresh skunk.

As it turned out, she wasn’t actually sprayed a second time, but she had startled one into spraying, I believe. Apparently, we now have a skunk problem. As Kelly said, that is the price we pay for living next to a nature preserve. I suppose. Still…for the city girl who isn’t much of a fan of the outdoors, even after 14 years away from the city… Yeah, I don’t know…


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