space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Peshtigo and Suring Remain in Contention for M&O Title
* Peshtigo Experience Shines Against Wausaukee
* Area Wrestlers Advance to Sectional Competition
* Lady Bucs Finish Undefeated; Win Third Straight WCC Title
* M&O Boys Basketball - Suring/Lena Keep Title Hopes Alive

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

From My Window

Chemical Warfare

By Jane Thibodeau Martin


No, this is not a political column today. I am trying very, very hard to "see the good" in politics right now. But I was not "smelling the good" recently.

We have had a few really mild sunny days and when it hits 70, I feel I should break away from my "retirement" task lists and take the dogs out for a short afternoon walk to enjoy the sun. Now, I know some of you hate me for having such nice winter weather " comfort yourself. You live in a state that is not the earthquake leader in the U.S. (thanks to our fossil fuels industry,) you do have tornadoes but not like we do; and your summers are not like an incinerator. Yes, I have a mild winter. I'll take the Wisconsin winters over the earthquakes, tornadoes and insufferably hot summers.

The dogs were on their leashes and we ambled to the back of our property where we have a dirt pile that serves several purposes. In front of it was a rolled-up tarp. As the dogs sniffed around the tarp, I was "sort of" being nosy and examining the back yard of the home next to us which was recently purchased by new neighbors. My preoccupation with being nosy prevented me, at first, from noticing the high interest level the dogs had in the rolled-up tarp. But when Ivy dove head first into the front of the tarp and nearly dislocated my arm, I tore my attention back to the dogs. Wolfgang was waiting expectantly at the other end of the tarp, and I fully assumed I'd see a rat run out. We are overrun with rats right now, and I was admittedly breaking my personal "live and let live" rule. I was to deeply regret that lapse of principle.

There was an abrupt movement of the end of the tarp and I instantly recognized the animal I saw revealed below the tarp end was NOT a rat " but too late, the skunk had already released the stench from hell. Given the dogs were on six foot leashes, all three of us were in the detonation zone. The skunk was waddling as fast as a skunk can (not fast) over to the new neighbor's barn and I was yanking my dogs away. Wolfgang was pawing at his face and Ivy was rolling on the grass as they tried to rid themselves of the noxious effects.

There was nothing to be done but put them in the backyard and drive to the vet's office for "Skunk Off." The receptionist was on the phone when I walked in " so I waited patiently. When she got off the phone she politely asked if she could help me. "I need something for skunk spray." I said. "I can tell" she said.

Back home the dogs and I crowded into the bathroom. Neither of them like a bath, but Ivy was so miserable she was willing to get into the tub with little encouragement. But Wolfgang was another story entirely. Wolfgang is at least half Collie. He's very intelligent, and very obedient. Normally, he tries very hard to do as I wish him to. But he detests water, and at 75 long, lanky pounds of athleticism, he's pretty well able to resist my attempts to get him into the tub. After some TV-worthy all- star wrestling moves I just put towels down and soaked him with the solution while he stood on the floor. He has a thick, heavy coat " so you can imagine the mess. Then the dogs went back outside while I showered and shampooed myself, threw everything cloth into the wash machine, and started scrubbing leashes and collars. I had a hint how close Wolfgang was to the "line of fire" when my hand came away covered with oily toxin from his collar.

The chemical in skunk spray responsible for the repugnant smell is "Thiol." It's a sulfer compound, the same one that makes rotten eggs smell the way they do, and the same agent put into odorless Natural Gas so we know if we have a gas leak. There are additional "sticky" chemicals in it as well, to make it adhere tenaciously to whatever it contacts. Skunks spray this toxin out of two "squirters" on their back end " and they are capable of rotating the direction of the spray, with each squirter moving independently. So a skunk can strike two dogs located in two different directions if it wishes to. The skunk can aim with accuracy up to ten feet " but that wasn't necessary for him to get us. We were in point-blank range.

I was interested to learn that a skunk that has sprayed can need as many as ten days to fully "recharge" his sprayer, and in the meantime, he's vulnerable to his predators " wolves, coyotes, badgers, and raptors. I can't imagine eating something that smells so hideous, but I've been even more amazed watching crows and vultures eat dead skunks stinking to high heaven on roads in the heat of an Oklahoma summer. Now that is a foul and nasty snack. Skunks themselves eat mice and insects, among other things.

I called my husband home early from work to help me and the wall of repulsive vapor hit him the minute he walked into our house, despite the boiling spices on the stove, the fans, the candles, and the Skunk-Off. It can take many days for the smell to wear completely off.

I need to inform our new neighbors, who have three dogs, that there is likely a skunk in their barn, compliments of the Martin dogs. Hopefully Ivy and Wolfgang will be wary the next time they find a skunk; however, our dog Zoey fatally attacked every skunk she ever encountered. It wasn't that she "didn't learn." She was smart and she knew she'd get sprayed, she just didn't care. If she saw a skunk it was her personal mission to kill it.

I have no quarrel with skunks as long as they don't try to move indoors. I encounter them before dawn and after dusk frequently when I am out walking in the dark " they do their best to avoid me, and if they feel cornered, they warn me to leave, which I do with great haste. They were put on this earth by the same creator who put me here. I will say, though, that if the creator had endowed humans with such a personal chemical defense system, we'd consistently be showing other people the same kind of respect I show the skunks. Probably wouldn't need so many guns, either.

I am telling myself I will smell normal soon " but in the meantime, the cats are giving me the "stink eye," so I know I am not there yet.

You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: Janiethibmartin@gmail.com.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
02-15-2017Front Page
Organize Citizens Building Committee for School Options

02-15-2017Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Has Feb. 21 Primaries for Chair, Supervisor

02-15-2017Front Page
Two Week Trial For Menominee Murder Suspect Is Underway

02-15-2017Front Page
Wausaukee Rescue Squad Has Annual Meeting Feb. 12

02-15-2017Front Page
Primaries Feb. 21 For State School Superintendent, Peshtigo Town Offices

02-15-2017Community - Coleman
CCBA To Meet at Barnstormers

02-15-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Accepts Open Enrollment

02-15-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman K.C. Plans March 3rd Fish Fry

02-15-2017Community - Coleman
Youth Baseball Signup Dates

02-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam Feb. 17

02-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Eligible For T.R.I.D, T.R.I.P In 2018

02-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Stephenson Board Approves Rescue Squad Contracts

02-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Clip-Clop Trail Riders Receive $4100 Donation

02-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Lions Bowling Tourney Mar. 11, 18

02-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Winners in Silver Cliff Card Party

02-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Youth Rally at Wausaukee Feb. 28

02-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Guest Speakers at Presbyterian Churches

02-15-2017Obituaries
Raymond Younger

02-15-2017Obituaries
William J. Wazniak 

02-15-2017Obituaries
Gordon VanLaanen

02-15-2017Obituaries
Willard S. Paugh, Jr.

02-15-2017Obituaries
Dennis L. Nicklaus

02-15-2017Obituaries
Shelby J. Mcbride

02-15-2017Obituaries
Eleanor LaLiberte 

02-15-2017Obituaries
Lon M. LeFebre

02-15-2017Obituaries
Ella Just

02-15-2017Obituaries
May A. (Bates) Jandt

02-15-2017Obituaries
Richard Gibbs 

02-15-2017Obituaries
Warren J. Faust 

02-15-2017Obituaries
Betty Lou Erdman

02-15-2017Obituaries
Robert J. Dyer

02-15-2017Obituaries
H. Bielinski Sr.

02-15-2017Obituaries
Lodavine I. Thorne

02-15-2017Obituaries
Thomas A. Rost

02-15-2017Obituaries
Marcia J. Ottmar

02-15-2017Obituaries
Robert E. Mays

02-15-2017Obituaries
James Mastejko

02-15-2017Obituaries
Lorraine V. Marrs

02-15-2017Obituaries
Lavina M. Hofer

02-15-2017Obituaries
Gregory F. Gritt

02-15-2017Obituaries
Jeffrey M. Forgette

02-15-2017Obituaries
Guy Jordan Erb, Jr.

02-15-2017Obituaries
Clarence E. Engel

02-15-2017Obituaries
Scott A. Baumler

02-15-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-15-2017Perspectives
From our readers

02-15-2017Perspectives
From My Window

02-15-2017Sports
Peshtigo and Suring Remain in Contention for M&O Title

02-15-2017Sports
Peshtigo Experience Shines Against Wausaukee

02-15-2017Sports
Area Wrestlers Advance to Sectional Competition

02-15-2017Sports
Lady Bucs Finish Undefeated; Win Third Straight WCC Title

02-08-2017Obituaries
Peter R. Zimmer

02-08-2017Obituaries
Clutch Zeske 

02-08-2017Obituaries
David W. Wickstrom

02-08-2017Obituaries
Marilyn S. VanBeek

02-08-2017Obituaries
Virgil C. Thomson

02-08-2017Obituaries
Mary L. Olson

02-08-2017Obituaries
Joseph M. Massie

02-08-2017Obituaries
Terry J. Nelson

02-08-2017Obituaries
Carmelita S. Lloyd

02-08-2017Obituaries
Alfred C. Lindstrom, Jr.

02-08-2017Obituaries
Robert Leafe

02-08-2017Obituaries
Shirley A. Konop

02-08-2017Obituaries
Marie J. Konell

02-08-2017Obituaries
Leslie L. Kehl

02-08-2017Obituaries
Bernard L. Jashinsky

02-08-2017Obituaries
Father Norman A. Clisch

02-08-2017Obituaries
Andre M. Christenson

02-08-2017Obituaries
Sister Jacqueline Capelle, OSF

02-08-2017Obituaries
Beatrice Bushey

02-08-2017Obituaries
Helen Stec

02-08-2017Obituaries
Gustav J. Schenkoske

02-08-2017Obituaries
Ivan W. Lusardi, Sr

02-08-2017Obituaries
Ronald J. Laundree

02-08-2017Obituaries
Rudolph J. Kristoff

02-08-2017Obituaries
Gaylord H. King

02-08-2017Obituaries
Tracy J. Heinz

02-08-2017Obituaries
George W. Felch

02-08-2017Obituaries
Joseph DeGroot

02-08-2017Obituaries
Duane Braham

02-08-2017Obituaries
Blanche B. Bolen

02-08-2017Obituaries
Leona Berg

02-08-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-08-2017Obituaries
Lillian M. Belongia

02-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Sweet Sale for Wausaukee Church

02-08-2017Perspectives
From our readers

02-08-2017Perspectives
From My Window

02-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Wine, Beer Tasting Event

02-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lions Bowl Tourney

02-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Collect 56 Units in Blood Drive

02-08-2017Sports
M&O Boys Basketball - Suring/Lena Keep Title Hopes Alive

02-08-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman's Club Offers Scholarships

02-08-2017Community - Crivitz
Parkinson Meeting at Menominee on Feb. 16

02-08-2017Community - Crivitz
State Park Plans Candlelight Hike

02-08-2017Community - Crivitz
High Falls Fish-O-Rama, Radar Run, and Winterfest

02-08-2017Sports
M&O Girls Basketball - Peshtigo Maintains Lead Going Into Final Stretch

02-08-2017Community - Coleman
Local Winners in Free Throw Contest

02-08-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman KC Free Throw Contest

02-08-2017Sports
Area Grapplers Start Post-Season Tournaments

02-08-2017Community - Coleman
Living Waters Church Holds Annual Meeting

02-08-2017Community - Coleman
CCBA Meet February 16

02-08-2017Front Page
RECEIVE DEFIBRILLATOR

02-08-2017Sports
Marinette Girls Bowling Team Heads To State, Boys Qualify 2

02-08-2017Front Page
Council Takes No Action On Property Detachment

02-08-2017Front Page
Hope Menekaunee Harbor Can Be Done For Walleye Tournament

02-08-2017Front Page
Coleman Board Declines Reduced Speed Petition

02-08-2017Front Page
Rep. Gallagher Feels Urgency During First Month In Office

02-01-2017Front Page
Fire Destroys Home In Town of Peshtigo

02-01-2017Front Page
Vilas Schroeder Elected County Board Vice Chair

02-01-2017Front Page
Oconto County LEC Still On Budget, Nearly On Schedule

02-01-2017Front Page
Sign Dog Park Lease With Possible Construction In Spring

02-01-2017Front Page
Marinette Forms City Tourism Commission

02-01-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board Feb. 6

02-01-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Students Reach 50 Million Words Reading

02-01-2017Community - Coleman
Beaver Church Food Drive

02-01-2017Community - Coleman
Revival Tribute Band At Equity Feb. 17-18

02-01-2017Community - Crivitz
Benefit Craft Show For Rescue Squad

02-01-2017Community - Crivitz
Valentine Dance at Crivitz Feb. 11

02-01-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church Unity Dinner

02-01-2017Community - Crivitz
11 at Monday Card Club

02-01-2017Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Churches List Guest Speakers

02-01-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Goal on Feb. 6 is 50 Units

02-01-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Open Enrollment Starts

02-01-2017Community - Wausaukee
Winners at Silver Cliff Card Party

02-01-2017Obituaries
Oliver P. Shallow

02-01-2017Obituaries
Russell J. Seguin, Jr.

02-01-2017Obituaries
Emma F. Schramm

02-01-2017Obituaries
Lloyd E. Perry

02-01-2017Obituaries
Rev. Fr. Edward S. Nowakowski

02-01-2017Obituaries
Emory R. Niven

02-01-2017Obituaries
Curtis P. Lentz

02-01-2017Obituaries
Cassandra L. Larmay

02-01-2017Obituaries
Ricki L. Geller

02-01-2017Obituaries
Nancy J. French

02-01-2017Obituaries
Louis J. Deldin

02-01-2017Obituaries
Edna A. Baker

02-01-2017Obituaries
Rose Marie Watson

02-01-2017Obituaries
John A. Long

02-01-2017Obituaries
Lorraine Lipinski

02-01-2017Obituaries
Dale G. Krause

02-01-2017Obituaries
Michael A. Hryshkanych

02-01-2017Obituaries
Robert C. Herman

02-01-2017Obituaries
Corey A. Heim

02-01-2017Obituaries
Larry G. Deau

02-01-2017Obituaries
Jeffrey L. Clark

02-01-2017Obituaries
Elizabeth Allen

02-01-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-01-2017Perspectives
From our readers

02-01-2017Perspectives
From My Window

02-01-2017Sports
M&O BOYS BASKETBALL - Bulldogs Collar Wildcats for First Place in M&O


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do You Support President Trumps Executive Order on Immigration?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites