38th Edition

Posted in , USPS, Postal Service, Stamps, Postal History, postal news, postal, post office, owney by yourpostalpodcast on July 14th, 2011

One dog if by land, two explorers by sea...


This month's edition of Your Postal Podcast shares details about the past journeys of a famous canine and a future trek across the water by two modern-day adventurers.

 The first story is about Owney, the mail train-riding postal pooch that will be featured on a commemorative stamp issued this month.

The New Mexico author of two books about Owney has obtained a copy of each story for our listeners. For a chance to win one of the books, simply leave a comment about this month's podcast using the "Comments" link below. Two winners will be drawn at random from all who post a comment.

CaptainClark.jpgYou'll also be let in on the planning stages of an intrepid Washington pair's upcoming trek around the world, before they sail to the Galapagos Islands in order to recreate ancient seafarers' method of getting letters to loved ones.

As always, Your Postal Podcast concludes with a roundup of recent postal headlines.

For a transcript of the latest program, please click here.

Thanks for listening!

Photos: The new Owney commemorative stamp will be available nationwide on July 27th. "Captain and Clark" Tawny Clark and Chris Staudinger practice their navigational skills in preparation for their sail to the Galapagos Islands.


  • Jo Picardat

    So happy to see a stamp with Owney on it!! My son and I first learned about Owney at the Postal Museum in Washington DC, 7/5/2000. What a dedicated Postal dog!! Thank you for the Podcast!

    Jul 23, 2011 at 5:26 am
  • Shelly L Krise

    I truely enjoyed this podcast. I like learning about the history of the Post Office and when and where it began. I really loved how Owney jumped off the train and sat with the bag of mail until someone came and found him. He is a very smart dog.

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:53 am
  • Deborah Town

    I’ve had Owney as my desk top for about a year because I found his story so interesting.

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:08 am
  • Marilyn S Rapp

    I always enjoy listening to the Postal Podcasts. This one about “Owney” was especially appealing to me as I have a dog with similar traits. I would enjoy reading about Owney and hope that I win a book. Thank you.

    Jul 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm
  • Darrell Teel

    As a retired employee from the USPS, I find the history of the Post Office very interesting. And, as a philatelist (Stamp collector) I find the subject of Owney an appropriate one to display the human side of the Post Office and its workers. Many people think of the USPS only as a massive government organization and do not get to see the human side which is displayed by the love and care that was shown to Owney by the many postal workers he came in contact with. Keep up the good work.

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm
  • Jayna

    RE: Owney the dog stories… I agree that a dog mascot would give a positive perception of the postal service. Being the most trusted government agency, we should be trying to market that idea (loyalty/dependability) on a continual basis.

    RE: Galapagos “Sail and Deliver”…Romanticizing the act of letter writing. We will never again be a nation of regular letter-writers, but it should not be a completely lost art. I wish the travelers well on their adventure.

    Jul 24, 2011 at 7:00 am
  • Joan Zaleski

    Very interesting story! Nicely told by the commentator. These podcasts are a great idea!!!

    Jul 24, 2011 at 9:30 am
  • Jeanne F

    I stumbled upon this and was fascinated by the narrator. Sounds like a great book. Thanks

    Jul 25, 2011 at 3:44 am
  • Mandy Pennington

    Great information, especially for animal lovers! Owney should generate interest and revenue!

    Jul 25, 2011 at 8:59 am
  • Lori H

    I love reading anything about Owney! While on a trip to D.C., I was able to view Owney. As a major dog lover, I am always excited about reading anything to do with this amazing dog. I truly hope that I am selected to win the books, but if not, will you please post how we can purchase the books ourselves? Thanks for great stories. Keep it up!

    Jul 25, 2011 at 9:43 am
  • Phyllis Isaacs

    Enjoyed the podcast, as always. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

    Jul 25, 2011 at 10:01 am
  • Janet Kizer

    Owney is a very special mascot for the USPS; instantly bringing feelings of honesty and loyalty to our service. I’ve had a picture of Owney laying on a sack of US MAIL sack in my office for years. It is a heartwarming picture everyone enjoys.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 10:25 am
  • Wendy Morris

    Loved the Owney story! Owney reminds me of my dog, Huckleberry Finn.

    It’s great that there are books about Owney and his travels. He was better-travelled than I will ever be! With the stories about Owney, I can travel vicariously through him.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm
  • Lois Meyer

    I love the story of Owney! I think the books about him would sell if the Postal Service mail them available at our Post Offices.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm
  • charlotte

    Wonderful story, interactive stamp is going to be a hit! Nice job on this one!

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm
  • Catherine McNab

    Owney is a fine example of the bravery and intelligence shown by our four legged friends. Would be awesome if we could have pets help us as we move mail today!

    Jul 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm
  • Sheila Miller

    Great story…as an animal lover I was excited to see Owney get the recognition he deserves for his loyalty and dedication. We could all learn a lesson from him.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm
  • Lauren Mann

    I’m so happy the Postal Service issued this stamp. I’ve been telling all my customers about Owney. I can’t wait to read the book.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm
  • Traci Yanke

    I’m so glad that this faith, fury friend of the Post Office is finally getting his recognisition he deserves. The public loves animals, so I know that OWNEY will have a special place in my customers hearts.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm
  • Deb Christy

    I love the story of Owney. I talk about him to the five to six 2nd grade classes that I visit each year. I have even had several children come in after the summer break and tell me that they saw Owney at the Postal Museum! Owney is a great way to create interest in our youngsters while throwing in other tidbits about our USPS. Let’s capture our future wherever we can!!

    Jul 26, 2011 at 9:26 am
  • Donna Aaron

    As a Postal Employee I learned the story of Owney while doing a Wee Deliver Program with a local elementary school. I read the story to my children when they were growing up and my daughter’s love for dogs made it one of her favorites. She was thrilled to find Owney in the Postal Museum and to be able to impress her companion with her knowledge of Postal History. It is great to be reminded of our rich history in this company.

    Jul 26, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Todd Keupp

    I really enjoy the stories about Owney, I first discovered Owney at the Postal Museum many years ago. A few years ago I purchased a book at the Museum and took it to my local School and read it to the young children and donated the book to the school library.

    Jul 26, 2011 at 11:34 am
  • Angela Worley

    A modern-day Owney would be a great mascot for the Postal Service - much better than a gecko or a goose! Now, I’m waiting for an ad campaign featuring his celebrity double.

    Jul 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm
  • Charlotte Bates

    What great stories! I want more! Thanks.

    Jul 27, 2011 at 11:50 am
  • Shirley H. Conti

    I love the story of Owney but many post offices in this area (central NJ) don’t know about him or his stamp. As a way to raise $ for the USPS how about a stuffed animal that looks like Owney with his jacket, it would be a great Christmas present and get kids interested in collecting stamps - I haven’t read the books yet but hope that one is for children - to go with the stuffed animal!

    Jul 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm
  • Cindy Curry

    Can’t wait to purchase some Owney stamps! They are so cute! And I would be excited to win a book to read to my preschool class.They love stories about dogs!

    Jul 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm
  • Shelly Shaefer

    I love Owney. We need to use him in our advertising services for the USPS. Most everyone loves animals and he has a great story.

    Jul 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm
  • Ann Schnell

    I first learned about Owney during a visit to the National Postal Museum several years ago, when I purchased a stuffed animal in Owney’s likeness. His story is unique, and I would love to have the book to share with my grandaughter. Currently, my ‘Owney’ is sitting on my retail counter, and I have had several interesting conversations with customers who are loving the new stamp!

    Jul 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm
  • Dominique E Jones

    I am a Postal carrier. What a great story I love dogs i do have one. We take for granted how smart they truly are. I do relate with Owney to protect the mail that is a big responsability. That would be fantastic to win the book i would cherish it with care and that would be part of my carrier as well. thank you in advance. PS: Go USPS Owney dog very proud of you. Key chain, stuff Owney dog, Even Christmas card or even mugs that would get people to know more about the great postal dog name Owney.

    Jul 31, 2011 at 11:55 am
  • Adel K Shevik

    I have Listed to the podcast several times, and love the story of Owney. I recently went to the Library to check out books on Owney’s story, and just love them. Owney is great testiment to the Postal service, and will be a valued stamp. Thank You.

    Aug 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm
  • Patricia Courtney

    Thank you for the July 14 Podcast about Owney, the Postal dog, and the two navigators; both adventurous tales with intrigue (or should I say tails). My husband and I just visited the National Postal Museum in Washington DC in June, and found it to be very interesting. Owney’s exhibit and his statues were extra special. All of the brass and metal souveniers that he received from a lot of the stops he visited is truly amazing. Thanks again for these inspirational stories.

    Patricia Courtney Consumer Affairs Associate Portland District - Portland Oregon

    Aug 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm
  • Florence McKinley

    When I tell my customers about Owney, they want the stamps! My Grandchildren will love him, too!

    Aug 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm
  • dana longest

    I would love to see a line of OWNEY products from the USPS. I believe they would generate revenue and cast the USPS in a positive light.

    Aug 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm
  • Karen Gordon

    So excited to see Owney’s stamp!!! We need a new postal dog - how about using mine??

    Aug 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm
  • Mardene Lien

    I have so enjoyed the stories about Owney. These stories come at a time when the USPS needs encouragement and something to smile about. I agree with Shirley above, who suggested a small plush- a replica of Owney- to offer for retail for the holiday season. It would be even better if the smaller offices would get a chance at the retail business again by offering an item like this along with the stamps and maybe even the book to sell.

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:29 am
  • Francis

    I liked hearing the podcast about owney and also this demonstrate how USPS can use images like this to be part of community and use of latest technologies to share and advertize postal prodcuts and services.

    Aug 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm
  • Becky King

    Love the story of Owney. I look forward to seeing more use of this great story in teaching about relationships and history!

    Nov 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm
  • Roby

    Enjoyed the story as always. Thanks for the opportunity

    Sep 6, 2012 at 4:44 am
  • Heather

    I enjoy finding the time to be able to look over and listen to the podcast. The story about the dog Owney is something that my children would love to hear and read themselves. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Thank you all for all the time you put into these stories. I would like to someday be involved in the making of one.

    Dec 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm