Owney The Railway Mail Dog

Owney The Railway Mail Dog I traveled by mail train in the 1890s. Now I'm at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. I'm the most famous traveling terrier mutt in the world.

I traveled the rails as a good luck charm for postal employees, then retired to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. I've got my own exhibit and postage stamp. Check out my free e-book in the iTunes store or at www.npm.si.edu/owney. I love to hear from all my friends, but there are a few things to be aware of when posting on Facebook. Please be civil and respectful of other users - I'll delete

I traveled the rails as a good luck charm for postal employees, then retired to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. I've got my own exhibit and postage stamp. Check out my free e-book in the iTunes store or at www.npm.si.edu/owney. I love to hear from all my friends, but there are a few things to be aware of when posting on Facebook. Please be civil and respectful of other users - I'll delete

Happy Howl-o-ween! 🎃🍬🐾
10/31/2019

Happy Howl-o-ween! 🎃🍬🐾

"Lassie" - the classic series about the beloved, titular collie - made its TV debut on CBS today in 1954. Filmed in blac...
09/12/2019

"Lassie" - the classic series about the beloved, titular collie - made its TV debut on CBS today in 1954. Filmed in black and white until going color in 1965, the program was on air until 1973, making it the 5th longest-running series (after "The Simpsons," "Gunsmoke," "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU"). USPS commemorated Lassie in 2009 as part of the "Early TV Memories" issue.

Don't worry - I'm not jealous! I will always support any stamp with a dog on it, and any dog on a stamp. (Anybody seen the new Military Working Dogs stamps? Wow, those are sharp!) I'm only disappointed our eras didn't overlap. Lassie and I would have had some great adventures together. And you know the camera loves me!

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Throughout my travels, I’ve met so many kind and welcoming folks. Sometimes I have very specific memory of a person or t...
09/05/2019

Throughout my travels, I’ve met so many kind and welcoming folks. Sometimes I have very specific memory of a person or two, for whatever reason. On September 5, 1894, Ainslie and Phyllis Carter of Cincinnati, Ohio presented me this lovely, shiny tag while I was riding along on a branch line of the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton railway. I remember how warm and affectionate the Carters were, and I was struck by how thoughtful it was of them to spend the money and time going about getting such a token made for me. Carters – wherever you are now – thanks again!

On National Dog Day, I want to give a shout out to the top three winners of the look alike contest held in my honor in 2...
08/26/2019

On National Dog Day, I want to give a shout out to the top three winners of the look alike contest held in my honor in 2011, just before my stamp was released! (And a glamour shot of me for reference... 🐶😉)

First place: Bentley (from Fremont, California)
Second place: Jordy (from Arlington, Virginia)
Third place: Murphy (from Athens, Ohio)

What a group of good dogs!!!
Might be time for another contest...just saying! 🐾

Happy #NationalAviationDay! In 1939 FDR gave a presidential proclamation designating August 19, the birthday of aviation...
08/19/2019

Happy #NationalAviationDay! In 1939 FDR gave a presidential proclamation designating August 19, the birthday of aviation pioneer Orville Wright, as National Aviation Day! My travels with the mail were done by train, but I'm always up to celebrate airmail too!

Happy anniversary...to ME! On July 27, 2011, USPS issued this stamp. Handsome fellow, if I may say so myself! © USPS; al...
07/27/2019

Happy anniversary...to ME! On July 27, 2011, USPS issued this stamp. Handsome fellow, if I may say so myself!

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The first moon landing took place exactly 50 years ago today, and here's what it looked like! What do you mean, you don'...
07/19/2019

The first moon landing took place exactly 50 years ago today, and here's what it looked like! What do you mean, you don't think that's quite right? This is totally what happened!

Just kidding, friends - I've traveled a lot, but even I have never been to the moon!

Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone is having fun today! I personally prefer to enjoy the fireworks on this 1987 stamp than...
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July! Hope everyone is having fun today! I personally prefer to enjoy the fireworks on this 1987 stamp than the real-life, booming ones. But please - I beg you - don't put me in a thunder shirt! Just not my style... Plus where am I supposed to hang all my beautiful tags?

06/27/2019

Did you know that today is National Sunglasses Day? Apparently the annual tradition was started by the Vision Council as a way to encourage wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. That's all well and good, but to be honest I'm celebrating just to show off how great I look in shades!

And while we're being honest, Sunglasses Day has really got me thinking about cropping my friend out of my profile pic... He's a nice guy and all but he's always trying to ride my wave! You guys know I'm a free spirit and I need the space to shine! 😂🐾☀

If I remember it correctly, I made two trips into Canada, including the one commemorated in Winnipeg, Manitoba by this b...
06/27/2019

If I remember it correctly, I made two trips into Canada, including the one commemorated in Winnipeg, Manitoba by this brass octagonal tag. I rode on a Canadian railway post office car and was given the tag on June 27, 1895. Nice people, real orderly postal operations!

Vote today! My good friend Summer the K-9 is a finalist for the American Humane 2019 Hero Dog Awards®! Please support he...
06/21/2019
SSG Summer

Vote today! My good friend Summer the K-9 is a finalist for the American Humane 2019 Hero Dog Awards®! Please support her by voting – there is no limit to how many times you vote! You may recognize her sweet face from our Dog Days of Summer Family Festivals, where she has graciously performed patrol demonstrations and posed for photos with our adoring fans. Summer retired from the United States Marine Corps in March 2013 after serving several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Specialized Search Dog. She frequently put her life on the line to keep the troops safe and comfort warriors on the battlefield. While deployed, she conducted a substantial amount of routine patrols, searching and positively identifying countless weapons caches and improvised explosive devices; swept and cleared routes for the troops; and was involved in limitless fire fights with insurgents. This exposure in the war zone environment and to other traumatic events led to Summer being diagnosed with canine PTSD in December 2015.

These days, Summer and Sergeant Micah Jones are a TSA K-9 team for the Amtrak Police Department at Union Station in Washington, DC, where they carefully monitor trains and terminals to keep everyone safe from harm. Please vote for this incredible pooch today – and as often as possible – until the polls close on July 18th!

Staff Sergeant Summer is a highly decorated 8-year-old female Labrador Retriever. Summer retired from the United States Marine Corps in March 2013 after serving several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Specialized Search Dog. Summer put her life on the line to keep the troops safe and comfort w

On June 17, 1895, this well-made tag was bestowed upon me by J.C. Wise and the other fine folk of Mankato, Minnesota. I ...
06/17/2019

On June 17, 1895, this well-made tag was bestowed upon me by J.C. Wise and the other fine folk of Mankato, Minnesota. I was happy to add it to my wardrobe to mark my time there. That was a good trip, don't ya know?

I received this Columbian half dollar coin from St. Louis, Missouri, postmaster J. B. Harlow during the month of May in ...
05/28/2019

I received this Columbian half dollar coin from St. Louis, Missouri, postmaster J. B. Harlow during the month of May in 1894. I remember Columbian half dollars were popular collecting coins at the time. I wonder how much this is worth these days...

Today is a sad day as I — along with the rest of the world — found out that Grumpy Cat has passed away. As a fellow anim...
05/17/2019

Today is a sad day as I — along with the rest of the world — found out that Grumpy Cat has passed away. As a fellow animal in the spotlight, I have always admired Tardar Sauce (her given name) for her endearingly dour persona and the cool, indifferent way she handled her worldwide fame. Underneath it all, it's clear that she was actually sweet as can be.

Grumpy Cat - you're an icon and your legacy will live on forever! I deeply regret that our paths never crossed, but perhaps they will on the other side... Rest in peace, my friend.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Big thanks to all the teachers out there, as well as to the teachers of my life - past, ...
05/07/2019

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Big thanks to all the teachers out there, as well as to the teachers of my life - past, present and future! Teach on, my friends!

May the Fourth be with you! It’s Star Wars Day and I’m celebrating with a bit of affection from the one and only Princes...
05/04/2019

May the Fourth be with you! It’s Star Wars Day and I’m celebrating with a bit of affection from the one and only Princess Leia! I also want to pay my respects to my kindred spirit Chewbacca – as played by the brilliant Peter William Mayhew – whom we lost this week. May you rest in peace, my friend.

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It's National Pet Day and I'm back, ya'll! You know I'm not going to miss an opportunity for some extra love and affecti...
04/11/2019
The Owney Song

It's National Pet Day and I'm back, ya'll! You know I'm not going to miss an opportunity for some extra love and affection. 🙃🐶 Just for fun, I'm sharing with you a lovely little ditty by Stephen Michael Schwartz and performed by Trace Adkins! "The Owney Song" is a hit as far as I'm concerned. My favorite lyrics may or may not be...

"I’VE NEVER SEEN A DOG
COMMAND SO MUCH RESPECT
LET’S HEAR IT FOR OUR POST OFFICE POOCH"

Did I say I was back or what? 😆😉😘

Happy Presidents' Day - shout out to the OG George Washington! 🐾🙂 I can't quite recall who gave me this token, but I lov...
02/18/2019

Happy Presidents' Day - shout out to the OG George Washington! 🐾🙂

I can't quite recall who gave me this token, but I love it! Aluminum was a newer material in the 1890s and boy did it shine! Since the token has a detailed portrayal of President George Washington on one side and his birth and death dates on the other, I thought today would be the perfect occasion to share it with you!

Happy New Year! Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019...did I just say 2019? Wow, time really does fly! 1895 still se...
12/31/2018

Happy New Year! Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019...did I just say 2019? Wow, time really does fly! 1895 still seems like yesterday...

On the plus side, my hearing is so bad these days that firecrackers don't even give me the spooks anymore! Light 'em up, folks!

I can't say I fully understand the concept of Christmas, other than the fact that I get a lot of presents and delicious-...
12/25/2018

I can't say I fully understand the concept of Christmas, other than the fact that I get a lot of presents and delicious-beyond-belief table scraps, so fine by me!

Here's a picture of Mr. ZIP and me hanging out under the beautiful tree at the National Postal Museum. He's been so stressed out leading up to today -- what with all the letters, cards, and packages needing delivered -- so it's especially nice to see him relax and even cut loose a little. Between you and me, I think he even spiked the eggnog!

Happy #CrosswordPuzzleDay! I'm not so much for the "words" portion, but I will most contentedly curl up in your lap and ...
12/21/2018

Happy #CrosswordPuzzleDay! I'm not so much for the "words" portion, but I will most contentedly curl up in your lap and keep you company while you work on one. And hey, no judgement! - the longer it takes you, the better (for me, that is! 😁🐾🔥)

Just because I'm a mutt doesn't mean I can't show up all those pampered purebreds at their fancy dog shows! I received t...
12/08/2018

Just because I'm a mutt doesn't mean I can't show up all those pampered purebreds at their fancy dog shows!

I received this specially-engraved medal during an 1896 dog show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The tag notes that it was awarded to “Owney the Globe Trotter” by the Butterfly Bench Show of Grand Rapids, which ran from December 8 - December 11 (dog shows used to be called "bench shows" back in the day).

Of over 300 entries, which were described by the the Los Angeles Times as "some of the finest dogs in the country,” I was the only one to be awarded with this one-of-a-kind prize. #humblebrag #justsaying 🐕😂

11/30/2018

I've got a new friend!

Dear friends,This #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation to my home: the National Postal Museum! https://post...
11/27/2018

Dear friends,

This #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation to my home: the National Postal Museum! https://postalmuseum.si.edu/support

Since I was a pup, you might say I’ve always relied on the kindness of strangers – strangers who fed me, clothed me, facilitated my travels of the world, and gifted me some truly special tags. In 1897, at the end of my long life, several postal workers pulled their resources to have my body preserved into the charming stuffed animal you know today. In 1911, I was donated to the Smithsonian Institution so that my story could be told for generations to come.

Since the National Postal Museum opened in 1993, I’ve loved it here not only because I’m surrounded by rich postal history inside Washington D.C.’s former main city post office, but also due to the excellent care and attention given to me by the staff, volunteers and visitors of the National Postal Museum. The staff who ensure my tags and spoons are polished, and not to mention the complicated process of keeping a 125+ year old dog looking fresh; the volunteers who champion my legacy by sharing tales of my adventures, and the visitors who love and appreciate a scrappy mutt. And of course, it is a great pleasure and privilege interacting with you lovely folks in our online community!

Having said all that, I now ask you sincerely to make a donation to the National Postal Museum on this day of charity. The museum celebrated its 25th anniversary this summer, and I’d sure like to spend the next 25 years here, and another 25 after that, and another 25 after that…

Please visit: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/support to pledge your support to the museum’s exhibitions, public programs, school tours, research, and star attraction – Me!

Thank you!

Yours truly,
Owney

Today is #SmallBusinessSaturday, so make sure to patronize your local and small businesses! Along my travels, I encounte...
11/24/2018

Today is #SmallBusinessSaturday, so make sure to patronize your local and small businesses! Along my travels, I encountered many a benevolent small business owner who often presented me with a little memento of my visit. Sometimes they even gave me a trade token that was “good for” free items, or a few cents off of a product. I got this token when I stopped by the local Pacific Ocean House Hotel and Saloon in Santa Cruz, California, which was owned by a Mr. E.J. Smith. Good for one free drink! Well, hot dog! 😀🐕🍺

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Let the eating commence.
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Let the eating commence.

In addition to hundreds of metal tokens, I also received some leather baggage tags along the way for my harness. A group...
11/19/2018

In addition to hundreds of metal tokens, I also received some leather baggage tags along the way for my harness. A group of postal clerks presented this tag to me in 1896. The clerks marked their gift on the front side of the tag where the luggage owner’s address would be placed. In addition to noting that the tag was from “postal clerks” they added a wish of “good luck to Owney” to their gift. Nice group of guys - I wish I could remember where they were from! I traveled so many places...sometimes it's hard to keep them all straight!

I've been given so many dog licenses over the years, it's hard to keep them all straight! I do especially love this 1890...
11/05/2018

I've been given so many dog licenses over the years, it's hard to keep them all straight! I do especially love this 1890 tag from the District of Columbia, because the design is sleek and the dog looks a bit like me!

I mean it when I say I am sincerely grateful for the folks who spent money on various licenses so that I could legally travel freely through cities and towns without fear of ending up in the back of a paddy-wagon. But at the same time, I thought if you're famous, you're above the law?
Ha ha - I kid, I kid! 🐕😂
#Don'tYouKnowWhoIAm?

Happy Howl-O-Ween to my all good friends! Just a friendly reminder that while chocolate is off limits for dogs, PEANUT B...
10/31/2018

Happy Howl-O-Ween to my all good friends! Just a friendly reminder that while chocolate is off limits for dogs, PEANUT BUTTER is NOT! #yesplease #yum

As National Stamp Collecting Month comes to an end, you know I saved the best for last! USPS bestowed me with the greate...
10/26/2018

As National Stamp Collecting Month comes to an end, you know I saved the best for last! USPS bestowed me with the greatest honor of my life in 2011 - this custom stamp, as well as special first day of issue postmarks. (Pretty handsome profile, if I may say so myself! 😊🐕) The Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. even put together an accompanying exhibition and festival. Ya'll sure know how to make a boy feel doggone good!

Happy National Stamp Collecting Month! USPS released this stamp in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the found...
10/22/2018

Happy National Stamp Collecting Month! USPS released this stamp in 1979 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the first guide dog program in the United States. To all those hard working dogs out there - guide dogs, Military and Law Enforcement dogs, therapy dogs - thank you for your service!

Happy National Stamp Collecting Month! A block of four semi-jumbo commemorative stamps featuring dogs was issued Septemb...
10/19/2018

Happy National Stamp Collecting Month! A block of four semi-jumbo commemorative stamps featuring dogs was issued September 7, 1984, in New York City, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary celebration of the American Kennel Club. The American Kennel Club (AKC), a nonprofit corporation, is the largest canine registry in the world. The AKC categorizes purebred dogs into seven groups; sporting, working, hounds, terriers, toys, non-sporting, and herding. Since its inception, the AKC has registered approximately 28 million dogs of 125 different breeds.

No disrespect to the AKC, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that mixed breed dogs tend to be smarter than their purebred counterparts... Just saying! :)

For National Stamp Collecting Month, here's another one of my favorite stamps! This 5-cent Humane Treatment of Animals c...
10/16/2018

For National Stamp Collecting Month, here's another one of my favorite stamps! This 5-cent Humane Treatment of Animals commemorative stamp was first placed on sale on April 9, 1966, in New York City, where 100 years prior, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded by Henry Bergh. The stamp advocates for humane treatment in the name of millions of dogs and other domestic and wild animals in the United States.

The dog depicted is a mutt named Babe; she was the companion of the stamp's designer Norman Todhunter. She's pretty cute, to be honest! Is she out of my league??

Happy National Stamp Collecting Month! Issued by USPS in 1994 as part of the Chinese New Year series, this stamp feature...
10/11/2018

Happy National Stamp Collecting Month! Issued by USPS in 1994 as part of the Chinese New Year series, this stamp features a plucky Pekingese - the royal dog of China - to commemorate the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac. This little guy looks fun - I wouldn't mind kicking it with him!

October is National Stamp Collecting Month! To celebrate, I'll be sharing some of my favorite postage stamps featuring d...
10/02/2018

October is National Stamp Collecting Month! To celebrate, I'll be sharing some of my favorite postage stamps featuring dogs! This stamp was issued in 1986 as part of the US Postal Service's first commemorative stamp booklet. Nice design, but I thought it was lacking something...ME! #needsmoredog

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What has happened to Owney? 🤔
Owney My Love, You are such a Dear... So full of memories and Love♥️ So Handsome and Smart.. I’m Sending You a Hug 😘♥️😘. Thank You For Your Service to All!
Big Boy the Pom Frederick 🐕🐒🦅🐎🎅🎃🏇with James Frederick, grandson of J. Walter Wilkinson, WWII and commercial artist (Smithsonian) including Pabst, Ivory and Grapette.
Is there a list somewhere of all the places from which Owney received a tag?
Where can one find a list of all the places where Owney got a tag?
Owney Congrats on your 14 July cancel!
Congrats on your cancel!
Hey, Owney! You're featured in the May issue of "The Postal Record". (My neighbor is a retired City Carrier, I'm a Rural Carrier, and he gives me his "Postal Record" when he's done reading it.)
Isn't it about time for another look a like contest for Owney?
Congratulations! You are officially "The Best!"
Finally had a chance to see Owney. What a wonderful museum! The exhibits were amazing!