The dogs were outside last night in the walled back yard. They came running in–both looking rather displeased–and proceded to wipe their faces and necks on every wipeable surface. They also smelled really bad! It doesn’t smell like a skunk got them, since I’ve smelled plenty of skunks before. I can’t figure out what happened to them. My first thought upon sniffing their faces was, “hmm, burnt skunk?” The smell seems slightly familiar, but I’m not sure from where.
Are there any other critters that could have stinked them? I know that other animals in the weasel family can spray. Do they smell differently from skunks? What about insects? We have stinkbugs crawling around outside, and they stick their butts up in the air when bothered, but I’ve never detected an actual odor from them.
BTW this is in far west El Paso county (Texas, USA) right on the Rio Grande if that helps with identifying any possible fauna.