Owney, the Mail-pouch Pooch

Owney, the Mail-pouch Pooch

Book - 2008
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One rainy night in 1888, a stray dog wandered into the U.S. Post Office in Albany, New York. Workers found him the next morning asleep on a pile of mail pouches. The dog seemed to like the post office and the smell of the mailbags and the men's wool uniforms. When no one came to claim him, they named him Owney and made him their pet. However, Owney's loyalty and sense of adventure soon made it clear he wasn't just an average mutt. Over the course of nine years, Owney guarded the mail--not only in Albany but on mail trains that traveled all over the United States.

Accompanied by lively pen-and-watercolor illustrations, this is a delightful true story of a special dog whose faithful service earned him a trip around the world. Owney can be seen in the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.
Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Publisher: New York : Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374356859
Branch Call Number: j PO KERBY M
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color), col. map ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barasch, Lynne


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This special pooch is sure to delight each reader. Based on the true story of a stray dog adopted by the U.S. Postal Service. Owney rode with the trains for mail delivery and guarded the mail pouches until delivered safely to their destination. The real Owney is pictured in the back of the book!

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