Pet celebration

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During the recent Pet stamps first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV, fans of a variety of lifestyle-enhancing domesticated animals enthusiastically cheered the much-anticipated release.

The special stamp collection features 20 different animals — two dogs, two cats, two birds, two fish, four reptiles, five rodents, a crustacean, a rabbit and a horse. Participating in the dedication event were Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors James Bilbray; Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer James Cochrane; Doug Poindexter, President, World Pet Association; Robert Vetere, Chairman, Pet Leadership Council and Founder, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Gregory Popovich.

“More than half of all U.S. homes have at least one pet, and that number increases every year,” said Cochrane. “The most common are cats and dogs, but all types of pets provide love, happiness and companionship for their owners. The bonds we create with animals improve our physical and emotional well-being, and our pets truly become members of the family.”

The Pets stamp collection is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

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Night Rider: Postmaster helps reenact famous Pony Express run

Elana Heer, daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer along with Guernsey Postmaster Curt Artery carried mail across Southeast Wyoming, guided only by moonlight, during a Pony Express reenactment ride.

Elana Heer, daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer along with Guernsey Postmaster Curt Artery carried mail across Southeast Wyoming, guided only by moonlight, during a Pony Express reenactment ride.

The Pony Express was an ambitious, although short-lived operation to help speed communication to the Frontier and Wild West. Although the commercial venture lasted for just 18 months, the legend continues to this day with tales of wonder and bravery retold through the big screen, books and oral history.

Earlier this month, more than 600 riders reenact the ride with a non-stop gallop from Sacramento, CA, to St. Joseph, MO.

Guernsey, WY, Postmaster Curt Artery was one of those riders.

“I first got interested in the ride because my town, Guernsey, sits on the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express Trail,” he said.

Guernsey is home to the famed Register Cliffs, where frontier travelers carved their names into the sandstone rocks. Rutted wagon trails can still be viewed after more than 150 years.

Guernsey Postmaster Curt Artery carried mail across Southeast Wyoming, guided only by moonlight, during a Pony Express reenactment ride. “You treat the mail like it was your own.”

Guernsey Postmaster Curt Artery carried mail across Southeast Wyoming, guided only by moonlight, during a Pony Express reenactment ride. “You treat the mail like it was your own.”

“The riders had a real dedication to delivering the mail. They hurried between point A and point B and that’s the same pride we have,” said Artery. “You’re carrying real mail. You treat it just like your own.”

Elana Heer, daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer also carried a portion of the route on her own. The 16-year old wasn’t daunted by the challenge of riding alone across the prairie. “You have to trust your horse,” she said.

Just Visiting

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When Sasabe, AZ, Postmaster Tracy Gibson stepped outside her office last week, she found an unusual scene. Two horses stood next to the building enjoying a casual lunch.

While the horses found the grass at the Post Office appealing, their mailing needs were expectedly limited.

“They didn’t buy anything, but ate a lot,” said Gibson.

Tangled Horse Saved By Caring Carrier

Duncan, AZ, HCR Carrier Jeannie Webb

Duncan, AZ, HCR Carrier Jeannie Webb

When Duncan, AZ, HCR Carrier Jeannie Webb was on her route recently, she noticed a troubling sight. A horse had fallen to the ground and was unable to stand up.

Webb pulled up to the corral that contained the horse and spotted it’s back two legs tangled inside the fencing. She went to the customer’s home to alert them to the situation, but when nobody answered, she dialed the animal control office and Postmaster Joey Soto for help.

By the time Soto and Greenlee County Public Works Department arrived on scene, the horse had developed cuts and scrapes on its body from multiple attempts to free itself from the fence. Soon after responders initiated their rescue attempts, they were able to free the horse’s legs from the fence. Within a few minutes after being rescued, the horse stood up on it’s own.

Afterward, Greenlee Public Works representatives stated that if it hadn’t been for the swift action by Webb, the horse would have likely fallen victim to the intense Arizona heat.

A Special Trip for a Special Stamp

Photo by: Jim Schoenherr.

Photo by: Jim Schoenherr.

Many who send wedding invitations through the mail often choose a stamp design that offers the perfect message to recipients. For one individual in Grand Lake, CO, the acquisition of that special stamp involved a unique form of transportation.

Amber Valez and her fiancé identified the perfect stamp to accentuate their wedding invitations to friends and loved ones. Rather than set off in a mechanized form of transportation, Amber opted to venture out to her local Post Office via horseback.

The distinctive mode of transportation faithfully waited outside the office while Amber picked up a collection of Love stamps. Grand Lake Postmaster Diane Mahoney was thrilled to have the special visitor at her office waiting for its owner.

“I thought it was a great example of us here in the Wild Wild West!” said Mahoney.

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