PennLive.com - As soon as the news got out that their mail carrier, Bob Wright, was retiring, the dogs in the Village of Westover (Hampden Township, PA) immediately began emailing Susan Craig.
Craig said the dogs were very unhappy. Their owners were sad, too.
For nearly 10 years of an almost 30-year career, Wright has delivered mail and friendship to the people on his route. And he has delivered affection, attention and dog biscuits to every single one of their dogs — every day he worked.
Big dogs received big biscuits. Little dogs received little biscuits. Dogs that needed soft treats received those. Wright would give the treats directly to the dogs or leave them in mailboxes. Residents said their dogs recognized the sound of Wright’s truck and knew biscuits were coming.
Wright said he thought there were about 50 or 60 dogs on his route, but when the residents began collecting photographs of the neighborhood’s dogs for a scrapbook, more than 93 dog pictures were submitted.
On September 2, the day after Bob Wright’s official retirement, the Westover dogs brought their owners to a going away party they held at a local park. The residents, the dogs and the Wrights had a very good time. They listened to music, ate snacks, talked, barked and watched Bob Wright open his gifts.
The dogs and their owners gave Bob Wright the scrapbook, tickets to a New York Giants football game and other presents. One of the neighbors gave her hotel points to the Wrights, so they could stay overnight when they went to the big game.
“To me, I was just a mailman,” Bob Wright said of his job as mail carrier. But to the dogs and their owners on his route, Bob Wright is something very special.
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Written by Allison Dougherty
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