“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.”Muhammed Ali, via Goodreads.com
Taking the dogs for a walk a couple afternoons ago started out as it usually does. However, Dexter’s eager paw squashed a honeybee, which in turn stung him in the tender pad before dying. We had been on a walk five minutes.
Had I been more seriously concerned or been half my age, I might have considered carrying him more than a minute. Have you ever tried to carry an eighty-five pound dog any distance? While walking another dog? Fifteen minutes later we tried holding his paw in a bucket of cool water and baking soda. To comfort him. He had equal disdain for an ice pack.
The moral of this story for me is that a bee sting is rare event. 1 event in eleven years. Like a boxer, float like a butterfly. And if you get stung by a bee, shake it off.