What do you think is worse, the smell of a skunk or the smell of a small decomposing animal? Now combine both those smells and that is what I was faced with yesterday! What to do when one very large dog finds and rolls in the decomposing carcass of a long-dead skunk? Use the retrievers love of water and fetch to your advantage and take her to the beach! I’m happy to report that after two hours playing in the ocean, most of the skunky smell was washed away. The smell of wet dog is far superior to the smell of dead skunk. Just take my word for it.