Upon return from our less-than-a-week trip to the thin air of Colorado, we were quickly greeted by the thick, familiar and awful scent in the backyard of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Syracuse.
A day back, and Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle showed too much interest around the shed and back fence. That’s where last year we waged battle against the gopher, and won, and city skunk, and lost twice — first a minor shot to the side of the dog while Pepe LePew hung out inside the safety of the cordoned-off butterfly garden and later a between-the-eyes blast somehow aimed through tiny barricade slits.
After that second calamity, we’d fortified around the shed to take away underground opportunity and purchased a floodlight to bathe the yard annoying light to further frustrate the nocturnal skunk.
Oh, if only removing the stink from Ellie B herself had been so easy. The many douses in Nature’s Miracle liquid concoction eased the odor, but only time would take away the last tendrils of yuck.
So far this skunk season, the spray scents we’d sniffed had been from outside our premises.
Until our return, Ellie B’s heightened alert and … she turned tail and raced onto the screened porch on her own volition.
Thank goodness. Seconds later, the brazen beast let loose with a stream. Yup. Without Ellie B’s dogged daily diligence, the skunk had worked its way back under the shed. The next morning I found the hole burrowed at the very corner.
So I formed this year’s plan.
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First I took out the flood light, hooked it onto the clothes-drying apparatus, and hoped it would send the out-of-its sleeping spot skunk elsewhere to find food and recreation.
The next day I purchased Critter Ridder shake-out repellant and moth balls, said to chase skunks, and scattered both behind and to the side of the shed, where Ellie B can’t reach.
So far, OK. Knock on wood. The dog has regained her yard to do her thing, but I remain wary. Oh, that stinking city skunk.
How would you handle the backyard battle vs. the city skunk? Would you still let the dog out there unsupervised? City problem or homeowner problem, in your opinion?