07-31-13

By Teri Cayton
The Parsons Advocate
It is The Dog Days of Summer and my dog is not fairing so well.  She got into it with a skunk the other night.  Trying to de-skunk a 90 pound Golden Retriever is not an easy task.  All the products I have found have one thing in common, DO NOT GET IN EYES OR EARS, well where do you think she got sprayed?  Of  course, in the face.  We can send a man to the moon, but we can’t cure the common cold or come up with an organic solution to take care of skunk spray.
I have tried peroxide, baking soda, and Dawn, but there again I can’t get that in her eyes.  I do not like to smell skunk  and the dog can’t seem to understand why I don’t want to pet her.  I feel bad but I do not want to get that smell on my hands.  I looked like someone out of a Star Wars movie with all my protective gear on when I was trying to bathe her.  I don’t know how a skunk can live with itself smelling like that.  Momma Said, “That is ambrosia to another skunk, but everyone else had better look out”.
On to other topics, the annual Bluegrass Festival is going on in Parsons this week, July 31 thru Aug. 3, and I hope everyone has a great and safe time.  If you enjoy good music come down to Five Rivers Camp Ground in Parsons and join in the fun.  Momma Said, “It will be four days of pickin’ and grinnin’.”  If you get this paper after the festival is over, you should make plans to attend next year.  It is growing every year and the bands are great.
Last week I had the Zucchini recipe in my column and of course I had already tested the recipe and made a batch.  I used smaller pans and made two loaves, giving one to my sister and taking one home with me.  Well, I guess you could say I am having a hard time with “Stinky Dog” and what else happens?  The other dog, which is a diabetic, got the loaf of zucchini bread off the counter and ate the whole thing.  So now I have “Pukey Dog” to go along with “Stinky Dog”.  Momma Said, “I knew I should have stuck with cats”.

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