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sophie the greyhound sleeping with a cat on her nose

Sabine loves Sophie, and bless her soul, Sophie puts up with it.

Sophie is a cat-safe greyhound, which to me means, she isn't interested in the chase, eventual capture, and demise of our cats.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the skunks and raccoons that make their way into our yard. She hasn't actually caught a skunk, yet, but she sure has given it the old college try. If you've ever wondered if a skunk can spray more than once in succession, the answer is, yes. Yes, they can.

We're up to three. Three times. One skunk, one greyhound, and a whole lot of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

For those of you with dogs living in or near the forest, or for those of you with dogs planning to visit the forest (or the coast for that matter, the beach isn't necessarily safe, either, especially at dusk, and yes, I am speaking from experience), here's the recipe we use to de-skunk Sophie: How to Deodorize Skunk Spray. I highly recommend wearing gloves if your hands get any where near your face when you eat. If you don't, trust me, you'll wish a cat had your nose!

By the way, our veterinarian gave us a second de-skunking option. I did not know this, but apparently, any over the counter douche product will work. According to our veterinarian, you can purchase douche products at any 24-hour convenience store.

They're effective and mild.