Posted by: twodogtales | January 20, 2012

Post office issues working dog stamps

Today, January 20, the U.S. Postal Service issues a 65-cent Dogs at Work stamp that celebrates the incredible benefits working dogs bring to our lives.

The stamps feature four designs:

                • a guide dog assisting a blind woman
                • a military dog scouting and track­ing
                • a therapy dog visiting an elderly woman
                • a search and rescue dog in a field

Artist John M. Thompson created original paintings for the stamps, which were designed by art direc­tor Howard E. Paine.

It’s not the first time the Post Office has celebrated loyal canines. In July 2011, a commemorative stamp was issued in honor of Owney, a scruffy mutt who became a regular fixture at the Albany, N.Y., post office in 1888 and eventually rode the Railway Post Office (RPO) train cars across the country and became the RPO’s unofficial mascot.

Read Owney’s story here.

In 2010, The Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet, a set of 10 commemorative 44-cent first class stamps was issued featuring photographs of dogs and cats from shelters in order to raise awareness of the importance of adopting from shelters.

The working dogs stamps go on sale at post offices nationwide and online at www.usps.com/shop today.

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