Karen B. London
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Postage Stamps of Dogs at Work
Issue date is January 20, 2012

In recognition of the many ways that working dogs contribute to human society, the United States Postal Service is issuing stamps featuring working dogs. This new set of four stamps illustrates some of the many important jobs that dogs do. The individuals portrayed are a guide dog, a dog who is tracking, a search and rescue dog and a therapy dog.

The “Dogs at Work” stamps are the work of artist John M. Thompson who created the original paintings and art director Howard E. Paine, who designed them. They are 65 cent stamps, which is the postage required to send a piece of first class mail weighing between one and two ounces.

Dog stamps have historically sold well, with the  “Adopt a Rescue Pet” set selling out quickly at many post office branches. A large number of the new stamps will likely be sold to collectors as well as to those of us who like dogs and appreciate being their friends, family members and coworkers.

Any dog-loving philatelists out there?


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Anonymous | January 17 2012 |

So great that dogs are getting their due and contributing to society.

Look into adopting/ volunteering/ or donating in any way to help out canine friends.


Submitted by Tim Coolbaugh | January 23 2012 |

The yellow Lab, was my dog Oona.

Submitted by Lisa Wogan | January 23 2012 |

Tell us more about Oona!

Submitted by Karen London | January 23 2012 |

Tim, thanks for letting us know! Can you tell us how it happened that your lovely dog ended up on that stamp?

Submitted by Sherwin Chen | February 28 2012 |

I love dogs, and I cannot wait to add these stamps to my collection. Working dogs deserve as much recognition of their work as us humans, because they do their job properly and do not even complain. My salute to the dogs in the military!

Sherwin - http://www.hipetusa.com

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