So when I decided to seriously look into starting out in beekeeping the very first topic I researched was whether the bees could coexist happily with my 70 lb boxer. Everything I read said the dog will probably get stung a few times then learn his lesson. I hived my first package about one month ago and watched carefully when I let my dog out to make sure things would be OK when he got stung. He took a couple stings in the first week with no ill effects, I pulled the stingers out and he went on his way. There were no more stings for about 3 weeks until yesterday. Since his stings were from bees in the grass the dog still hadn't really learned not to mess with the actual hive. My wife watched him go over to it and have a sniff and apparently one of the ladies didn't approve and stung him in the cheek. My wife noticed him start acting weird, walking like he was drunk. He did his business both #1 and 2 right in the middle of the yard which was strange for him and began to have large saliva bubbles around his mouth (not foaming but big bubbles). Within 5 minutes he could barely stand and was in full blown anaphylactic shock. We rushed him to the vet which is about 3 minutes away and he passed out on us in the car. The vet gave him epi and pumped in some fluid IVs to raise his blood pressure. 2 hours and $500 later my pup was doing much better and today he is back to his old self but the vet said if we had waited even 20 minutes to get him in he would probably have died. I'm hoping this is a cautionary tale for those backyard keepers with dogs. If you start to see a reaction make sure to get your dog help ASAP. Also, a reaction can apparently come even though some stings have happened with no problems. I am going to try and get a Rx for epi for him in the future and am going to have to fence in (or maybe relocate) my hive so there are no more problems. Sorry this post got a little rambling I hope maybe it helps someone in the future.