February 2021 Bee Update

Thanks for all the positive feedback on my recent posts about our dogs.  If you missed them, you can click here to read about how I live in my dogs’ house and here to read about our German shepherd.  We only have two dogs, but we have over 200,000 bees or at least we did going into winter.  We have six colonies spread over three locations.  This week was the first time in three months that the temperature was high enough for the bees to break their clusters and venture outside of the hives.  This is an anxious time for beekeepers because this is when we find out if our bees are still alive.

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Lessons from a German Shepherd

A thick layer of snow is currently covering the garden.  Hopefully our bees are still alive, but it is too cold to check the hives.  Salad greens, Brussel sprouts, onions, and peas are safely growing under lights in the basement waiting to be transferred to the garden next month.  Getting sufficient exercise for our dogs in this weather is a challenge, and dogs and humans alike are suffering from cabin fever.  We have two dogs.  Forte is our five year old German shepherd, and Carmen is our senior rescue dog of unknown age and unknown breed.  I am sharing Forte’s story because I hope it will be helpful for anyone who may be struggling with a dog that they love.

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