A Dog Beekeeper Suit for a Hard Working day at the Hives
OK, I get it, there is such a thing as a working dog…you know, like a K9 or ones used to assist the blind…but a beekeeper?’
Say hello to Bazz, a black Lab living in southern Australia with his owner Josh Kennet. Bazz works in tandem with Kennett, who does the all the ‘human’ bee keeping stuff… Bazz’s job is to use his superior snout to sniff out a bee disease called American foulbrood.
American foulbrood is a nasty “brood disease,” a bacteria that kills bee larvae at an alarming rate, which in turn devastates bee hives. American foulbrood also has a distinctive smell, which can help lead to early treatment…because there is no cure.
“Their winters are far colder than ours, with snow over the top of beehives. We don’t have that situation here in South Australia.
“So I’ve tried to develop a suit the dog can wear and hopefully avoid being stung.”
Mr Kennett says after a long process of trial and error, he’s finally got a working prototype.
Well, after a lengthy training regime, and with a suit ready to go, Kennett’s dog is ready for action…except when he has to use the loo.
So what does good ol’ Bazz do on his days off? Probably the same thing I do, spin the wheel at pocket fruity… When he wins the jackpot, he can quit his job and not have to wear that silly suit any more. All kidding aside, looks like they have proven the concept, so Bazz can now go out and find the infected hives.