So last night, feller was going to let the cat out when he saw a big ol' skunk in our back yard. No biggie. A little while later Maggie the dog starts whining to go out. I will point out that *I* would have leashed her up and taken her for a walk leaving via the front door. Feller opens the back door and makes a bunch of noise to make sure the skunk was gone and lets Maggie out. A couple of minutes later, I hear Maggie barking like crazy. So I shout from the other room that I hope she is not barking at the skunk and feller replies that she probably is. I go and open the door to let her in and immediately make her go back out. The smell was almost enough to knock me out. At this point I am livid. I head to the trusty intertoobs to find out the best way to deal with skunk. Most of them involve large quanitities of hydrogen peroxide. It is 9:30pm on a sunday and I don't have a small quantity, let alone a large quantity. One post somewhere says to use toothpaste. Okay, I think. I have 2 unopened tubes. Another one says to bathe the dog with ground up oranges. Okay, I think. I have oranges and a food processor. I have to be fair, feller did offer to deal with Maggie all on his own (and by rights, I should have let him), but out I went with him and 2 tubes of toothpaste and we emptied them on her and rubbed her down completely. We left her for about 10 minutes. Then we brought her into the tub. I had ground up the oranges and added baking soda for good measure. Once in the tub, we rubbed her down with the oranges for a few minutes and then rinsed her off. She smells just fine now. The house still smells (I think it is because I am still washing skunky clothes and towels). Needless to say, I will be keeping a large supply of toothpaste on hand. It's a good thing it is a long weekend and so I have today to get rid of as much skunk smell as possible before I have kids tomorrow. ARGH!