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Old 11-27-2015, 12:16 PM   #1
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Boondocking with your "stinking" Dog

I say "stinking Dog" with the affection that we all share for our partners of a camping experience on or off the grid.

We have two Blue Heelers, aka Australian Cattle Dogs. They shed so much hair that they should be bare skin. You wonder why nature gave them the ability to shed hair, while humans go through great efforts to save what hair they were born.

As Blue Heelers are primarily herding and working dogs... they have some quirks that are not in the "job description".

When camped off the grid, we let them out of the Pet Porters and they get some running around to loosen up muscles and catch a breath.

-Dingo will find a dusty section and roll into it until he goes from a black/white/brown natural color to the color of the dirt. Usually in the West... RED. You would not recognize him. Eventually he, or the female Blue, will shake the dust off over time. Into the trailer.

-Whenever there are cattle in the area, beware. They will seek out the freshest cow patty and... roll the nape of their neck into it. Sometimes... roll into it and they become green. Not green in envy... but green in Cow Patty Pie. Disgusting, but it earns a dunk in the creek or get a multiple soap and water cleansing.

Once this cleansing is performed, dried and fresh... you had better keep a watchful eye on a repeat performance.

-If the Cow Patty Pie roll is not disgusting enough... something dead that still retains the smell of a recent road kill, baked in the sun to a ripe fragrant smell of death. Again, the nape of the neck is the preferred spot. Obviously a way to conceal their civilized scent to that of Mother Natures best disguises off the grid.

-Skunks.... for some reason seem to be slow moving and... interesting. When dogs meet they must check out the posteriors for a permanent ID. The well marked skunk is obvious to Humans. When checking ID... the skunk lets them have it. Almost always the face... and if it is a direct shot to the open mouth... the foaming at the mouth is obvious, as one or both Heelers are wanting entry into the trailer or open pickup door left open while unpacking. As if this will reverse the procedure while looking like rabid canines.

Most Trailer owners seem to have smaller or larger dogs that have no interest in these rituals of Dog Camping. Ours... I am afraid are not as cultivated. By the time you discover this quirk of Dog nature... they are in the trailer and rolling on anything to remove the excess...

When you consider how you may "stink" on a carefully planned camp Off the Grid to conserve water... your dog(s) can find a way to add a bit of mystery to their ways to help. Maybe... we should repeat what dogs do. There could be some benefit that we do not understand.
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:20 PM   #2
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Even city dogs like to role is the stinky stuff. Come to one of our local beaches during salmon spawning season and you'll see dogs of every breed doing their best to roll in a dead salmon.
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Old 11-27-2015, 12:37 PM   #3
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Yep. Lily does the same thing, although duck poop is her favorite.

There is a waterless remedy for that, too, purchaseable at Petco, etc. A liquid you can apply with a rag or paper towels....which can be burned ...and which removes the stink and whatever else is clinging to their coats, leaving them smelling sweet.

I always carry it in the Interstate, along with a bar of dog shampoo for when the water supply is ample and bathing is required.


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Smells like a Lily... no wonder.

As a kid in the forest we had to fork over 15 cents to get a crew cut at the beginning of School vacation. When school began in the Fall... we were well groomed, clean behind the ears and had a healthy tan that could not be removed with soap.

Wood ticks could be easily discovered and removed.
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As do Labradors.
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Mine are all couch potatoes, but will try to roll in 'interesting' scents.


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my friends dog is usually white. Petey likes to swim and then roll in the dirt.
Then jump in the camper and sleep.
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twolanehwy... I bet if we all rolled in the dirt with our dogs, we would all be better off today!
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Her is a shot of "Eddie" after a good swim at the dog beach at Fort DeSotto park. I told him not to dring the salt water but...... He got cleaned out from the inside out!! Poor Eddie
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I brought up... skunks earlier.

Some of you might have discovered, by trial and error by your dog... that Midwest Skunk and Western Skunk smell differently. If you do not know, you will if you go camping in the other section of the USA for a test.

The Midwest Skunk, by far is the most irritating and noxious. Not that our Western Skunk is deficient in its ability to deter the "dog sniff test", there is a 25% superior KICK to a MWS, for short.

I had to clear this up, so there was no misunderstanding when a MWSed dog is compared to a RMSed dog. Our heelers have sampled both. Although both results will get many options and methods to reduce this smell... when you think it is gone... let them get a little damp and it is not... gone. "Time is your best friend" in these situation. Not your dog.
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Last spring, Connie was up in the mountains with Porsha and a friend who also has a Black Lab. The dogs found a decomposing, dead skunk. They couldn't resist the temptation to roll in it. That was the worst skunk I've ever smelled. Connie called me to come up mountain with the truck, so they didn't have to put the dogs in the car. It was horrible. I suppose it would have been western skunk, but I can't imagine any being worse.
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Good one Ray!

Having many dogs over the years. I have been subjected to many different types of out door odor sensations. Why do they always want to get close and share?

As you said, a fresh cow pie or any dead carcass seems to be favorites to roll in for mine. The stinkier the better?

However, skunks just look too much like cats to go unexplored/molested. Hate!!! Try Baking soda, Dawn dish soap and Hydrogen peroxide or Petco has an enzyme thing I have not tried yet. I will also look into that, Maggie.

So on my reno, I added an outside hot and cold faucet with curly hose and spray nozzle inside the rear bumper, just in case, or a quick outdoor shower for me. We have 60 gal of fresh.

The worst thing we have encountered was porcupine and dog interaction.
Always have hemostats handy, and work quickly as the quills are barbed, hollow and will fill with blood. Then you have to cut the ends to get them out.

I would much rather deal with a little bit of odor!!!

Thanks Maggie, I am going to look into the Petco water-less idea.

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