Thursday, September 24, 2009

Skunk does not equal cat

As you may recall, Armani had a little trouble distinguishing a frog from a carrot the other day. But that isn't the end to his wildlife safari.

Armani loves cats; big ones, little ones, kittens. He hasn't met a cat he can resist yet. They are all cute and demand snuggling and licking. I love cats too and can relate; except to the licking part.

This spring Armani found a fluffy black and white "cat" in his pasture. He gave it a good snuzzle. OOPS - it turned out to be a very smelly cat.

After 5 baths with vinegar, baking soda, tomato juice I figured he'd learned his lesson. Until the other day when the barn owner called. Apparently Armani had found the same "cat".

I've heard of horses getting skunked once, but twice?!

9 comments:

Kate said...

We have skunks sometimes in the pastures, too - but the horses follow them at a close, but sufficient, distance as they leave - no skunking so far!

SprinklerBandit said...

Wow, what an adventurous boy. I'm sure that if a skunk showed up in Izzy's pasture, there would be much snorting and prancing.

Golden the Pony Girl said...

Bodhi got skunked the first night I got him. we have this giant ancient papa bear skunk that lives under the house. Each of the new horse arrivals got skunked once. After that there seems to be no more problems. Her English Setter another story. He was getting skunked on an almost weekly basis. He is not the brightest crayon in the box. Poor guy.

Vectormom said...

LOL! We've had skunks around here but only the dogs end up getting hit. Never had a problem about the horses with skunks. That's kinda cute but I bet it was a bath to remember!

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Jen said...

Oh my, poor guy! The first thought that popped into my head was that's a LOT of tomato juice (but I don't think anybody uses that anymore, do they? :o)

Stephanie Mills Photography said...

Oh my goodness! So how much tomato juice did you have to use?

Kritter Keeper said...

when i smell skunk i rush out (mostly at night) to be sure the dogs aren't hit...so far so good...horses are in at night so no threat there as i haven't seen skunks in the daytime here...aren't they nocturnal? your poor pony! does it get in his eyes?

Grey Horse Matters said...

Oh no...pee eeew! My dog Maggie once got skunked and did she ever stink, eyes running etc... It took me almost two weeks to get the smell out so we could even stand her. Tomato juice, baths, nothing worked. Armani must really love, er, uh, the black and white cats.

wildcatsthree said...

Oh no! Armani you must learn to tell your "cats" apart. We feel so bad for you and all those baths.

Abby, Rosie, Gidget and Lola