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Sep 24 2015年

A Skunk, A Chiropractor and A...

我本周学到了一些东西。这一切都在星期二晚上开始,大约10:15下午。The Tomshack没有只是一个,但三只狗是我称之为我们的小老鼠狗,一个是我的私人狗,这是一只名叫明星的德国牧羊犬。所以我让狗回到几分钟后,在一本令人敬畏的书中读完了很多章节后,很快就要回来了几分钟。我累了。真的累了。

I let the dogs in and trudged right to my bedroom. I had almost escaped when my daughter, Shannon, yelled out to me. “Dad, something sprayed the dogs!” I was not even remotely happy to hear this great news. I wanted to get to bed. I shuffled over to the rat dogs, bent over and took a whiff. All seemed fine. Then Star walked over. Oh-my-God!

The stench was awful. She was literally covered in a thick, oily substance. She’d been sprayed by a skunk, right in the face. How nice. Did I mention it was 10:15 pm and I was exhausted? My solution, which was my first mistake, was to banish Star to the garage for the night as punishment for trying to eat a skunk. I headed to bed. Meanwhile the entire house now stunk to high heaven. It was gross, and it happened from Star being in the house for no more than 20 seconds. So I laid in bed with the stench slowly building up in my bedroom getting a bit ticked off. Luckily, I finally fell asleep.

Waking up at 6 am was a terrible experience. I was smashed in the nose with a God awful, gross stench. It was much worse than the night before. I swear Star didn’t have time to touch a thing during her 20 seconds in the house. It was time to bathe her. Mistake #2. Lisa and I have always had a dog but never had one get sprayed by a skunk. I didn’t know what to use. Lisa calls the rat dog’s groomer and asks Lana what we should do. She says ‘wash her in hydrogen peroxide and a baking soda paste. It might burn her eyes or dye her hair.’ At this point I could care less about Star coming out as a platinum blonde, which is a far cry from her black and brown. I wanted that stench gone like right now.

我沐浴er in that paste and followed it up with normal dog shampoo. It did very little. I decided I’d get some work done and then get back to the Star episode. So I opened the garage door to be hit in the face with yet more stench. Apparently Star rubbed into stuff out there while yelping all night long for us to let her in the house.

Getting to work an hour late, I immediately began more research on skunk stench. Lana gave us the right advice. We, however, neglected to ask for ingredient amounts. It turns out that for a 115 lb dog, it takes a couple of quarts of peroxide and a cup of baking soda plus some dish soap, much more than I has used. Off to the store I went. Back to the shower we headed. The paste was applied and let sit for 10 minutes. She looked like a bear at a salon. Star was hosed off. Out she came as a light brown shepherd. I think she likes her new look!

What’s the tie to your practice? Just like I had no idea how to clean skunk spray off my light brown shepherd (she sort of looks like a cheetah now), when confronted with something for which you have no experience, consult a mentor immediately, not the next week, not tomorrow, but immediately. You’ll mitigate damage by quick reaction, not by going to sleep and hoping it won’t be as bad in the morning. It’ll just ferment all night long and before long the challenge has affected much more than originally thought. It can be like a virus.

Got a chiropractic challenge in your practice? Consult a successful mentor. Don’t put it off till tomorrow. Action gets good results. Good results foster success. Success leads to happiness, and happiness is the result of a life well lived!

Have a great weekend! And, by the way, my house still smells, so I could use a little help here, hint, hint.


Chris Tomshack DC
CEO: HealthSource Chiropractic® Progressive Rehab ® & Wellness

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