Maybe it's a matter of interpretation. I read the same Bee Culture article and gathered that the hive was on a stand to avoid dog/bee interactions. I interpreted this as protecting the bees from being eaten/harassed as much as the dog from being stung, and generally avoiding a situation of possible conflict. Like separating your kids when they are squabbling.
Hmmmm. From the article....."considering it is on a four foot tall stand (to protect the family dog from dog/bee interactions)"
It clearly states that it is to "PROTECT THE FAMILY DOG"..... no mention of protecting the bees.
And where this whole idea came from (qoute from Hobie).... "bees being eaten/harrassed (by dogs)....I have never heard of such a thing. I checked my books on predators and pests of the honey bee, and not one mention of bee eating dogs.
The perception is CLEAR....the family dog is in DANGER, and needs to be PROTECTED from honey bees, by placing them on 4 foot stands.
Slice it, dice it, rationalize it any way you want! That is the wrong message we need to be sending out, that dogs (or anything else) is in danger of "contact" from managed honey bees.
I have inspected hundreds of beekeepers apiaries on farms. I have spoke to thousdands od beekeepers. Never once did I see a fence, or hear of, a four foot stand, or anything else...To "PROTECT" a family dog.
Still crap in my opinion.