Sunday, July 24, 2011

I braked but it was too late

Last Sunday was the bee incident, and on Thursday I managed to hit and kill a skunk on my way home from a girls' night.  Me, nature and the automobile are obviously not a good combination.  It was 36 (97F) degrees that day (46 (115F) with the humidex), so for those nuts who think all of Canada is like the Arctic...um no.  Anyway, it was pleasantly hot as I was driving home at 11:00, so I had all the windows and sunroof open when I hit the skunk.


An incredible stench filled the air.  And stayed.  By the time I got home, I was nauseated from the smell and confused by why it was still there, since I'd been driving 80km/hour at the time of impact.  Walking through the house, I realized that it reeked of skunk everywhere I went.  In a panic, I rushed into our bedroom and shook poor J. awake.  Flinging my arm against his nose, I demanded, "Do I smell?  I hit a skunk and I can still smell it!  Do you smell it?" 


"Urrr," groaned J.  "No, I don' smell anythin'", and he rolled over and went back to sleep.  Unconvinced, I threw my capris and tank top in the laundry and debated taking a bath.  But I wasn't about to go buy several litres of tomato juice in the middle of the night and I didn't think water was going to do the trick.  And I didn't understand how skunk spray could have gotten on me since I was in the car.  With the windows open...slowly my tiny mind began to grasp what must have happened, and I began running the bath water.

Long story short, the car and I were both less fragrant once we were bathed (not together obviously), and J. hosed the blood out of the car's wheel well (OMG gag OMG!).  It appears we were very lightly dusted, and either the stank has faded or I've just gotten used to it.  But people don't seem to be standing further away than usual, so I think I'm good. 

RIP skunk.  I'm sorry our paths crossed in such an unpleasant way - for both of us.

31 comments:

  1. I can't imagine what it's like to hit a skunk even with the windows and top shut!! I have lived in the country most of my life and still can't stand the smell of skunk, even a whiff. Usually I cry when I hit animals but I think I would laugh maniacally if I didn't puke.

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  2. Oh, I am so sorry for you and the poor little skunk. :( I know that smell well - I've never hit one and neither has my wife... However, on our many long car drives? Yes. We have smelled that smell. I once bought a cute little light blue and daisy daily planner and... It smelled like skunk. No lie.

    RIP little Skunk and yay you for getting the smell off you and your car!

    (I'm stopping by from For The Love Of Blogs, BTW!)

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  3. Skunk blood in your tire treads... that's unpleasant!! I say, next time you see a skunk floor it! Braking obviously didn't do either of you any favors.

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  4. Aww, poor little guy! Ha and I feel bad for you, of course, better luck on the roads! Great blog, I'm a new follower!

    http://marleeindebt.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh no, sorry that a) you hit the skunk and b )it stank. My brilliant dog (whom i love to death) used to rush at skunks headlong right before bed and then zoom into the house, sliding upside down on the carpet trying to get the spray off her face. Tomato juice never worked, so we found a recipe that actually did work: baking soda, a little dish soap, a bit of hydrogen peroxide (gets a little fizzy so you can't store it in a closed container) We made it into a paste and just plastered her with hit. If you feel like the smell is still there you might give it a shot :)

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  6. Oh no! Yuck. What a terrible experience - for all of you! Jeesh. Glad you got rid of that smell, it is the worst!

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  7. lol My friend Elisa has a great skunk story so does Crazy out of my mind. You might get a kick out of them. They were a while back but so stinkin funny. um no pun intended there.

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  8. Yay! Another Canadian - tried, tested and true. We're truly Canadian when we've had some sort of skunk experience. Mine? My poor cat who had a tomato juice bath at midnight. Nature really did a great job when it attached that defense device to such a cute looking little creature!

    Hey, thanks for visiting!

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  9. Oh dear. Poor you, poor skunk.

    My sis in law hit a skunk before. Her car REEKED for about a month after it happened. Thankfully an open can of coffee grounds helped absorb the smell somewhat (and always made us want to go to Starbucks after work...haha!)

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  10. We don't have skunks over here so I don't know what they smell like. I can only imagine it was like running over a bag of shit.

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  11. Oooh poor skunk. They look quite cute. I'm from Aus so I also have no idea what a skunk smells like but it sounds gross. Glad you no longer smell (or can just no longer smell yourself hahaha) :)

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  12. A couple of summers ago I was awoken out of a dead sleep because of a skunk spraying the house outside my window. You're right, it is nauseating. I can't imagine the stench after actually hitting one.

    RIP skunk. Hopefully you have a better driving week this week, haha

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  13. Oh, man...that's bad. Sorry this happened! In the South, we call skunks "pole cats," and when one has either sprayed or been hit by a car you can smell it for miles. ICK!

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  14. Ewww, sorry that happened to you, Azara. But thanks for the laugh!

    And thanks for linking this up with the TALU!

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for hosting!

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  15. LOL and YUCK!!! You can't beat having a man in your life when it comes to hosing down skunk parts.

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    1. Yep, guys definitely come in hand for that nasty stuff!

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  16. That truly sucks. I have never had the un-pleasure of hitting a skunk, but the night I had my first ever "mom's group"- the support group for moms of toddlers that I created four years ago- I drove home happy and recharged and hit a BABY deer. It got up and ran away but I cried anyway.

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    1. Oh, that is awful! I would have cried too.

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  17. Oh gosh, that sounds awful. I hear about dogs getting sprayed all the time and how the smell is unbearable. Gag!

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    1. It was pretty intense. It gave me a headache and nausea after a half hour or so. You don't think you're going to get sprayed by a skunk while in your car!

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  18. OMG, I soooooo feel your pain here. I can't say I've hit one, but I once tried to stop the dog from chasing one in the yard late at night, and she got sprayed straight in the face! I've smelled a LOT of skunk in my day, but apparently not that fresh! I wanted to hurl! It was the grossest thing ever, and I had to stay outside with the dog, with her freaking out wanting to go inside and not understanding why she couldn't - until we could figure out what to do. We tried EVERYTHING, from tomato sauce/juice baths to regular baths, to tucking dryer sheets in her collar, special products from the pet store, etc. By the end of the week, the vet had us squirting her with Scope it was so bad LOL. Glad your car was able to be aired out. That would REALLY be awful if it couldn't!

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    1. Thank goodness you were able to keep the dog out of the house! This happened to one of my friends, but their dog got into the house and it smelled for the next six months. Yuck!

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    2. I did, but unfortunately, while I was sitting outside with her while someone went in search of tomato and other products to use on her, I failed to remember that my bedroom windows were open - right where it happened. Ackk ;)

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  19. ugh, there is nothing worse than skunk smell, except, of course, having skunk smell on you!
    TALU

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    1. I couldn't believe it. I was afraid I was going to stink for months, but thankfully it seemed to fade quickly.

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  20. Ew, ew,ew,ew,ew. That's all I have to say.

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