My malamute had a bad habit of bringing back baby skunks. PeeYuuu! I would mix baking soda, some dish liquid and peroxide in a sprayer bottle, then spray it on the stinky areas, rubbing it in well. By the time you got all the stinky spots lathered, you could rinse him off and no more smell. We did that often, usually in freezing weather on the driveway with cold water from the hose. No other option, can't bring him in like that. But, as a malamute with a dogloo and straw bedding, he managed to stay warm. (He stayed outside, on the roof of his doghouse. I don't think he ever went in it! Loved the cold)
While staying at my friend's house last week, my 10 yr old (husky, german shepard, australian shepard), found a 5gallon bucket of decaying catfish corpses, rotting away in about 2gallons of bacteria laden water, knocked the concrete blocks off the top of the bucket, making it splash out, on him and the cold ground, where he proceeded to roll around in it like a pig. When I let him inside, I nearly vomited...and made him stay out in the cold all night. Morning came, and went with work, but coming back, I had to bathe him with dog shampoo and an outdoor hose. He was very good during the cold hose down. However, the stench was still present, and I thought permanently attached to everything he brushed up against. Even though he was scolded, punished, and bathed thoroughly, when he went outside that night, he did it AGAIN!!
I was in the think tank for hours, deliberating over what nature would have me use to cure the stench of vomitous death. I purchased one small box of baking soda for 99cents and put surgical gloves on, and took small handfuls of the b.s. and with one hand I dragged across his fur in the opposite direction that it lays, and the other hand full of b.s., I sprinkled it through the length of his hairs, and got another handful and sprinkled over same section of hair as it was lying back to the growth pattern. Making sure to cover the strands as best possible.
He enjoyed the attention, as he'd not been petted in several hours. As I worked in small sections around his face, chest, head, and neck area, where the australian shepard thick lions type mane is truest to sight, I noticed that the b.s. was attaching to the junk causing him to smell so bad- In a binding type fashion.
It took one entire box to cover everything but the groin area, which was probably not soaked in the catfish bait, anyway. It took about 45 minutes to thoroughly cover his fur. After I had finished, I carefully sniffed over his head to see if it was working, and there was only a slight hint of the smell remaining behind his ear, so, I gathered some b.s. that had fallen off of him and repeated the process in that area, and then, I let him outside, where he shook most of the b.s. off immediately..then started running around the yard before shaking again and coming in... Free from the smell of decaying liquid death!!!