Owney: Postal Mascot

Owney, Stuffed Dog Postal Mascot
Owney, also known as “Globe-trotter,” was a mutt found abandoned outside an Albany, New York post office in 1888. Postal workers brought him inside, bundled him in mail bags to keep him warm, and grateful Owney began his career as the unofficial postal system dog mascot.
Over the next decade Owney traveled over 140,000 miles, once even circling the globe, following postal professionals wherever they traveled. He was outfitted with a vest to which mail clerks would pin baggage tags. “American postal workers were his family,” explained the curator of the National Postal Museum. “He liked anyone who smelled like a mail bag.”
When he died mail clerks raised money to have him stuffed and put on display in a glass case — first at Post Office Headquarters in Washington, DC; then at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair; then at the Smithsonian; then in Philadelphia; then back at the Smithsonian. In 1993 he was moved to the new National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. He can still be seen there today, wearing his small doggy vest bristling with some of the over 1,000 medals and tags that he accumulated in his travels.

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