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THE TOLEDO GAZETTE
JULY 26, 2011 · 3:08 PM
By Lou Hebert
Owney the famous postal dog met his tragic demise in Toledo
Some historical events Toledo can lay claim to and be proud of, others … not so much. The Owney the postal dog story is one of the latter.
This week, the U.S. Postal Service will pay tribute to the famous little postal pooch
by honoring him with his own postage stamp which will officially celebrate Owney
as one of America’s great animal heroes, if not the first. If you don’t know the
story of Owney, it all started by in 1888 when this scruffy Irish-
It is recounted that Owney loved the scent of the mail bags and began riding the
mail wagons and then one day hopped onto a rail car and started riding the trains.
t was here where Owney’s legacy was carved. Within a few years, Owney managed to
travel on these cars quite extensively and quite independently, and as he appeared
at various postal stations along his routes, postal employees would affix a postal
tag to his harness and collar. He soon became laden with hundreds of tags as he routinely