Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield has announced a campaign to reduce the "hazard of dogbites" for the nation's 125,000 letter carriers.
This is an article from the July 9, 1956 issue
PETER J. LEONARD
Dogs used to bite me until five years ago. Then something wonderful happened. A huge boxer, Brandy, owned by Lieutenant Arthur T. Lee, a state trooper, took a liking to me. Why I'll never know. But I'm sure grateful. Brandy follows me every day on my rounds. No dog dares come near me.
LESLIE L. WARD
I like dogs. They never gave me trouble. That's because a veteran postman, years ago, told me to carry a canvas mailbag instead of a leather one. Seems that leather bags will antagonize some dogs. It's the smell or something. Canvas pouches won't. I tried it and it worked!
They say that a dog who wags his tail never bites. Don't believe it. It's annoying to run into a sneaky dog who wags his tail and bites. If he's barking or looks vicious you can steer clear, but when he wags his tail and looks at you like a long lost friend, don't pet him.
Dogs are a real problem. With more people moving to the suburbs, there are more and more dogs. I've been on this route for six years and have been bitten twice, both times by dogs whose owners said they did not bite. Several dogs chase me every day. Is there something wrong with me?
If there's one thing I like, it's kids and dogs. A kid and his dog is one thing I can't resist. I always stop to talk with the kid and pet his dog. So, both kids and dogs take to me, and we get along fine. Some of our postmen are bothered a lot, but dogs don't bite me. They follow me.
RAYMOND J. CAMPBELL
Dogs are my best friends. They are just like human beings; if you treat them right, they'll treat you right. I always carry a few cubes of dog food and give them to dogs on my route. One Airedale named Nipper follows me every day. I've only been bitten twice in 24 years as a letter carrier.
I like dogs and understand them. I have two of my own. Although 187 of our postmen were bitten last year, I've only been bitten twice in 21 years. Usually it's the fault of the owner who keeps his dog chained in a pen. Naturally, a dog is vicious when released from a prisonlike atmosphere.
JAMES R. PETRAY
I put dogs in four categories. The first is the barker, all noise. The second is the vicious dog who growls and shows his teeth. He bears watching. The third is the silent type. He doesn't growl; he just bites. The fourth is the happy dog, always playful. He is really the postman's best friend.
GEORGE S. BARBER
Dogs are all right in their place, but that's not on a mail route. They're either too friendly or too unfriendly. It's the dog that "never bites" that nips everyone in sight. It burns me up when an owner supplies bandages after the damage is done. I like dogs, older ones, without teeth.
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