“So, I’ve douched Janis 4 or 5 times…”


I’ve been meaning to write a proper eulogy for Janis Joplin since we had to put her down (cancer @ 14 years) last fall. But I still can’t bring myself to do so. So, a short story…

While living in Connecticut with my sister Ann’s family, Janis got skunked one evening. Now, the best way to deskunk a dog is some combination of tomato juice and/or vinegar & water.

This led to my sister and my lovely wife Christine heading out to the drug store to pick up several boxes of douche to cleanse Janis’s skunky funk.

Upon returning to the house, Christine proceeded to cleanse Janis’s skunky fur with douche quite a few times, smelling Janis in between to determine how much more douching was required.

Not surprisingly, Christine’s skunk detection skills were stretched to their limits at the end of this and she needed a third party opinion.

So, marching downstairs, Christine asks of the first person she sees, “I’ve douched Janis 4 or 5 times now, can someone please smell her to see if the stench is gone?”

The first person, though, happened to be our cousin Andy. Andy had not, in fact, ever met Janis. Nor did Andy actually know that Janis was a dog.

Andy’s facial expression really can’t be described beyond the popular emoticon:


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4 Responses to ““So, I’ve douched Janis 4 or 5 times…””

  1. Papa Joe says:

    I know how hard it is Bill.
    Janis was one great dog.
    I still miss the little shit, Bogie!!

  2. Jeffrey J Hoover says:

    Thanks for sharing. We laid to rest our lovely Moose, a chocolate lab, this summer.

    A great recipe for de-skunk – make a paste/slurry of Baking soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Dawn (or similar). Rub the paste into the fur and let it sit for a bit. Then bathe the dog.

    Works great up here in the mountains where we have skunks take up residence under our deck…

  3. annbb says:

    And Andy has been heavily damaged ever since!

  4. Care says:

    Andy’s expression was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. RIP Janis J.

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