Steve Dale

New products good weapons against skunk smell

Q: We can hardly go outdoors without smelling a skunk. Moreover, our dog has now had two close encounters, which created such a terrible a stink in our home that we needed professionals to de-skunk the place. Any advice?

Q: Last month, Windsor, our Boxer-mix was skunked, and our entire family -- not to mention Windsor -- suffered for days. Tomato juice and water helped some, but not enough. Do you have a recipe for getting the skunk smell off dogs? -- J.A., Minneapolis, MN

A: I once offered the following recipe, which is still posted many places on the Internet:

First, get a clothespin — for your nose. Now, wipe your pet down with a solution of...