Famous postal pooch is hero for shelter dogs
Aug 1, 2011
One famous adopted dog has now been officially commemorated with a U.S. postal stamp. The U.S. Portal Service recently unveiled the new Forever stamp featuring Owney, the stray dog that made himself the mascot of the mail carriers in 1888, the Washington Post reports.
Wandering into the Albany, New York, post office in 1888, Owney hopped on the trains that carried mail across the country, becoming known as a good luck charm by postal workers who met him - mail trains had accidents often in that time period, but never with Owney on board.
Owney soon became known from coast to coast by mail clerks and they gave him a special collar so he could collect souvenir tags from each of his stops, according to the Journal Sentinel. When he died in 1897 after logging more than 143,000 crash-free miles on the trains, the U.S. Postal Service had him stuffed and he now stands watch at the Smithsonian Institution's National Post Museum in Washington, D.C.
"Owney's story is particularly moving to us because he is a true hero for shelter dogs everywhere," Angela Speed of the Wisconsin Humane Society told the news source.