Sunday, March 23, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Pet Peeves" & an Easter I will never forget!

© Kathleen Rietz
One of my biggest pet peeves is gossip. We all know what it feels like to be the target. Makes you not want to go to school.
© Kathleen Rietz (the elusive Easter Skunk)
Just after 10pm on Saturday night, my dog Sunshine had a run-in with - among all things - the Easter Skunk. I let her out into the yard to do her business, but she never even made her way off the patio before she was sprayed in the face by a skunk. For those of you who do not have skunks in your part of the world in which you live and have never smelled the aroma emitted by these creatures of darkness, I cannot even begin to describe the smell to you because nothing compares to it. But it is oily, deep, intense and nauseating. My friend Joan who lives in Hawaii found my story rather amusing because she "thought these things only happened in cartoons"....like Pe Pe Le Pew. Needless to say, I nearly cleared out the drug store as I waited in line to pay for my remedy.....NO ONE would stand next to me. I also did not make it to church today to celebrate Easter. Nor brunch at the country club where my sister works. No one wants to eat an omelet in a room that smells of skunk funk.

Anyhoo - if any of you are interested, here is how you get rid of skunk funk:

On your pet, shampoo the pet with a mixture of:
1 pint hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap
Leave on pet for 10 minutes, rinse.

In your house:
In a large pot, boil water, Clorox bleach and salt on your stove on high heat for several hours. I was so pleasantly surprised to find how well this one works! We boiled the pot all day and the smell is actually gone!

I hope you all had a much more relaxing and enjoyable Easter weekend than I did. I am looking forward to hitting a post-Easter candy sale to soothe my psyche with a chocolate marshmallow bunny if I can still find one!

43 comments:

  1. Great illo. Kathleen, gossip can be very disspiriting! I hnow what you mean about the skunk funk, it too is disspirting. My dog has been sprayed also. Thats good to know with your recipe...has it been working well? I remember that it had at one time smelt good to me at a distance but experiencing it close up is another matter entirely.

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  2. gossip certainly does a lot of damage.

    nice illustration!
    happy easter!

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  3. Wahahaha....! I can't stop laughing while reading this, just imagine a beautiful woman like you smell like the skunk in the drug store! Wakaka, I start laughing again.

    Both illustrations are great, the girl make me feel pity for her, and the skunk is just incredible. Anyhow, I would like to see one roaming freely in front of me.

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  4. Ok, this has got to be the funniest post yet! I still think your skunk encounter is a strange occurrence and I can't quite imagine the smell but your description of it makes me wish I never have that opportunity. Skunk funk ... blech! I have to admit, I did find it amusing that no one would stand next to you at the drug store. LOL. Sorry for laughing ... but it's pretty funny. Your gossip illustration is great! This is a fabulous Easter post!

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  5. Nice illustration! I don't like gossip...

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  6. Really nice piece - the expressions and body language says it all!

    My sister once fed a skunk popcorn while vacationing on Cape Cod, I'm not sure what she thought it was, it was pitch black out... It sprayed our family dog and back then tomato juice was the standard de-stinking method. Sounds like you found a much neater remedy!

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  7. So far our dog has managed to steer clear, but it is only a matter of time, I suppose..so I am goint to have to remember that you have the solution here!
    LOVE the bunny-skunk with the basket full of clothespins....how thoughtful!!! :)

    your gossip illustration is great too. you could also paint a scene of the ladies at the country club when they smell a skunk at the brunch! :) in your spare time, of course.

    have a super week!
    teri

    teri

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  8. Oh no, poor you, and your baby! I haven't had the pleasure of that happening to my dogs, yikes!

    Love both of your illustrations, the gossip one is great, and oh so true.

    Hope things are more "rosey" now! :)

    Teresa

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  9. Oh my goodness! What an Easter bunny you had! Living in Wisconsin, I always heard you had to wash your pet with tomato juice to get rid of the smee.

    Love the look on your pet peeve girl.

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  10. I love all of your drawings! They are so cute!

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  11. OMG! The smell of skunk from afar is nauseating enough, I can't even imagine having the funk on you! Bleh! Glad you were able to remedy it and sure hope you found a chocolate marshmallow bunny to soothe your soul, you poor thing.

    Your Easter skunk is hilarious! I just love him, hee hee.

    The Gossip illo is also great. The secretive expressions on the gossipers and the hurt look on the gossipee is dead on.

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  12. A great pet peeve to use and really lovely illustration to support it. Hope you and your dog have recovered from the skunk ordeal!

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  13. Oh no!!! Poor you and poor pup!! So sorry to hear about that bad skunk messing up your holiday.

    I do love your IF and skunk illustrations and I have to agree that gossip is so incredibly damaging not only to the offended but also the offenders. I always keep away from people who do that sort of thing. Hope you have recovered from the skunky mess.

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  14. Cute illustration and a big pet peeve!

    My dogs got sprayed once, then they pushed through the door and rubbed against the kid's back backs.
    They were sent home from school the next day! Stinky!
    Wish I'd known your recipe back then!

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  15. Oh, yes! I'm sure this Easter will be unforgettable! But you managed to deal with it quite well. Who will illustrate such a beautiful skunk after your experience?

    The Pet Peeves illo is so nice, the girls expressions are perfect! And I agree with you about gossip, it can make people feel very miserable. Gossips should know that life is a boomerang...

    I've read your comment in my blog about the ATC's, I just want to thank you for going to so much trouble. These are the risks we take with mail, but nevertheless, as you mentioned the spirit of giving arrived safely :)
    Thanks for understanding my delay too!

    Have a nice week,
    Paola

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  16. I TOTALLY agree with your pet peeve, I didn't even think of that but it was so perfect for this. Love both the illos!

    Your poor dog, it's sad and funny at the same time...sorry your Easter was stressful! I had dog trauma too, my dog found a great big chocolate heart leftover from Valentine's and ate the whole thing while I was out. I was in a panic over it, but luckily he ended up being fine. Gotta love them!

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  17. oh nooooooooo....sorry to hear about Sunshine's run in with Mr. Stinky....I will never forget when Minnie had the same visit...yikeeeeees....

    Hope you enjoy all the post Easter CHocolate...I wish I could hand you some tonight...Cole got way too much stuff this year...SPOILED...

    We decorated eggs and he was so sweet...I will have to post some pics...

    Cheers,
    Diana

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  18. Oh Kate, your illustration is so sad!! I've been on both side, both unfortunately, and I am extremely conscientious now, and careful not to fall into that trap! Anyone who's never dealt with skunk...so lucky!! the aroma is so thick you can feel it in your gums...what a nightmare, glad you're pretty much back to normal, lemme know 'bout Saturday!

    a : )

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  19. Ohh nice illo you have there! ;) Gossip.. uhum.. never ending gossip. Its worst when people keeps on staring at you espcially when your won bestfriends don't believe you. *sigh* I'm so pity with her.

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  20. i ADORE her. what a wonderfully sad and beautiful little victim and 3 such awful villians. great illio, kathleen!

    so sorry about your um, skunk incident! but now you gotta draw you, in that drug store. that would be the most excellent llio, dontcha think? :))

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  21. kids can be so mean. great job on her expression of pain...

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  22. I'm sorry about your skunkin' easter! I've never had the displeasure of a skunk encounter... I'm sure the marshmallow bunny will help though!

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  23. Yikes! Yes, the odor is like poison gas. I guess it does its intended job, though! Your gossip illustration makes an important point. So many kids are bullied these days, and it makes their lives miserable.

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  24. This is really great. I feel so sorry for your pup! My golden, Nate, got sprayed when he was a little pup! I know what you mean about gossip though-once gossip got around (when I was about 13) that I had cheated on one of our tests!

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  25. I cannot sleep at night if there is a skunk anywhere near our neighborhood because the smell is so strong! I'm so sorry bout your run-in. I love your illo!

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  26. I thought your blog smelled a little funky today. I thought it was me.

    Nice illo Friday piece!

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  27. Great illustrations, both! Love your work.

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  28. Hi Kathleen...just popping by to check up on you and Sunshine...

    Cheers,
    Diana

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  29. You make me smile ,Kathe.
    This post is so funny.
    Your illo about gossip is fantastic, poor little girl.
    Cata

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  30. Gossip is so damaging and USELESS! Great concept and illo. She looks so stung.

    Poor Sunshine! I've been sprayed and let me tell you it hurts the eyes and throat with such burning! Back when I was a dog groomer, one of the best remedies for a dog was to mix a gallon of douche (yep, you heard me!) and use it as a final rinse and DO NOT rinse it off. It worked pretty well. Ugh, when Sunshine gets wet again it will stir up the smell. She's still loveable though ;)

    Sorry you missed the Easter gatherings. I know your faith is a big part of your life.

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  31. After reading others' comments, I realize that instead of laughing, I should feel sorry for you, my apology.

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  32. I love your post. I remember those schoolhood days of gossip and rumors flying around. Sorry, too say that it can still happen in adult life.

    Sorry, about your encounter on Sunday. I've only seen skunk attacks in the movies or cartoons. After your description of your experience, the only place I want to see them is on tv :O)

    Great illos!

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  33. Gossip can cause so much pain...I want to cry for that little girl. Great illustration, Kate ~

    I'm sorry to hear you missed out on Easter Mass though I'm sure the congregation would have appreciated your absence and sympathised with your dilemma. Luckily, when I lived in Wyoming, I didn't ever cross paths with a skunk but I heard plenty about the unforgettable stink. How did Sunshine react to the smell? I'm glad the remedy worked despite the awkward moments at the drug store. No doubt you will have a good laugh about it down the track because it does make for a funny story ~ :)

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  34. I meant to add that I love your sense of humour putting clothes pegs in the basket...or should that be nose pegs? lol

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  35. Thanks everyone! I am glad you can all sympathise with me, and also laugh with me about this skunk situation! I love reading all of your stories and remedies.

    Thanks also for your comments on my IF piece. It is hard for me to create "sad" art because it makes me feel sad while I am creating it. Maybe that is why so many of my pieces are celebratory and happy.

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  36. We don't have skunks in Ireland, thank goodness, sounds like a pretty awful ordeal, I'm sure your pooch wasn't too pleased either, first a skunk attack and then a bath attack:)
    great gossiping gang illustration, poor little girl.

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  37. Oh you poor thing!! I had this exact same thing happen a few years ago to my golden retriever, Brandy and it was around 10 or 11 at night, too! The only store open 24 hours was Wal-Mart and thank goodness for the internet because I used your recipe and it worked like a charm!

    I'm always paranoid every Spring now when I let my dog out at night.

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  38. Shoooo wheeee! I can smell your dog all the way over here! :) That has got to be the worst Easter you've ever had! UGH! I love that Easter Skunk though...so sneaky with that wicked grin!

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  39. Love your illustrations on these! I don't like gossip either :)

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  40. They know that she's part of the great Easter Bunny conspiracy... Cute pic, as always!

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  41. Great, Great stuff Kate- the Gossip piece strikes true- John

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  42. Hope you found your chocolate marshmellow bunny! Gossip definitely hurts and you've illustrated it perfectly. Thanks for your nice comment. =)

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