something like an urban legend happened today --- i was taking in my laundry when i noticed the pup had put something large in her mouth out on the balcony. i put my fingers in to take it out when i saw the menacing flash of yellow and orange and felt the fat furry abdomen - sure enough my little dog had a susumebachi (giant asian hornet) in her mouth and i had just touched a part of it. i lost my head. i`m not sure if it was rationality or fear but in a general panic chanting `omigod omigod omigod omigod` and trembling i opened her mouth again and with pure adrenaline plucked out the bee and grabbed my dog and slammed the patio door shut between us and it. i checked her mouth and tongue and thankfully she seemed just fine. (luckily for us both it was dead when she ate it.) she was pretty annoyed that i took her snack from her and was trying to get at it through the door. i however was shaking uncontrollably for the better part of 20 minutes. the sting from one of those is described as a hot nail being hammered into your flesh - they are probably my greatest fear! it was honestly as long as a chicken nugget; i texted my husband and told him we are moving back to canada.