I was taking Willow out to do her business in the dark and she raced ahead. Why did she do that? She did it because there was a skunk in the yard. Fortunately for all of us, especially a hospital gowned Willow fresh from surgery, she ran straight into the exercise pen we've been using to make sure she didn't get into any mischief during her recovery period, The skunk was on the other side of the pen's fence. They were no more than three feet apart. I yelled and the skunk ran off and Willow came back running and into the house. If Willow had got sprayed we would of had a very difficult clean up to do. Thank goodness this encounter didn't end in a smelly mess.