A few weeks, frequent commenter Holly’s dog Fiona was attacked by yellow jackets:
Fiona happened to walk near a nest in the ground and the scouts set out like crazy. She wasn’t poking at it, or digging. She was simply in the area. That’s the incredibly unfair part!
I ran after her, grabbed her collar and risked being stung as I swatted at yellow jackets tangled in her beard and skirt. Treacherous business for both of us! Fiona stood while I clutched repeatedly at her with a pleading, desperate look in her deep brown eyes. Once rid of all I could see, she booked it to the house as I swatted them down and stepped on the ones I could smash.
It was incredibly stressful. My girl got stung multiple times including on her paw pad when she either stepped on one as she was fleeing, or perhaps by a jacket taking any advantage it could.
Fiona is physically better but emotionally scarred and Holly is worried. Read her blog for the complete story.