Caveat: I'm a complete newbee. No bees until spring but am reading like crazy and have learned a lot here. So here's the thing.
- I've read that AFB has a distinctive smell.</font>
- Dogs can be trained to find drugs, bombs, people (dead or alive), skin tumors, and even mercury.</font>
You see where I'm going. It seems to me that it might be possible to train a "bee dog". It would only be practical for large operations or state inspectors. (Unless there was demand for traveling bee dog outfits. hmm.)
Heading off your first objection: The dog would get stung. So you select a breed with a good nose and a thick coat. A veil could be fashioned to protect his muzzle. I've seen people walking dogs that were wearing goofy costumes, even sun glasses. A veil shouldn't be too much of a stretch. After a field trial, it might turn out that the south end of the animal needs some protection too.
If this is not a dumb idea, and I'm the first to present it, please name the first bee dog "Tom" [img]smile.gif[/img]
Now if I could just get my fishing dog to stop finding carp.
[size="1"][ December 19, 2005, 08:24 PM: Message edited by: TRC ][/size]