One of the best dog stories ever told is a true one. Owney the Dog served as an unofficial U.S. Mail mascot in the late 1800’s. After more than 100 years, his legendary travels are being featured on a U.S. Postage Stamp, issued on July 27.
This week, we will feature guest posts by Dirk Wales, author of A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mascot and The Further Adventures of a Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot.
|Photo Courtesy National Postal Museum|
One smart dog
by Dirk Wales
Owney may have been one of the most intuitive of dogs.
One day, in
Albany, one of the Railway Post Office men who loved Owney’s company was making a run on the train to and wanted Owney to come along. They left Boston Albany and crossed the Hudson River to where there was an unexpected load of mail, so much so, that the RPO man had to put Owney off the train. “Sorry, Owney,” said, “but the mail has to go through.” Troy
Owney sniffed around the station in
until another train came along. It was going to Troy , so, Owney hopped on. At Springfield Massachusetts , he got off and checked out the station there and found a train that was leaving soon. He hopped on that one and within hours found himself in Springfield . Boston
He looked around
station until he saw a track with an incoming train. He found the RPO car and sat by the door until it opened. When it did, there was his young RPO friend from Boston Albany --- astounded that Owney was there in , and had even arrived before his train. Boston
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