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A Lucky Dog: Owney, U.S. Rail Mail Mascot

by Dirk Wales

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This book is so sweet. Its about a dog that gets adopted by the USPS and ends up becoming their Mascot. The dog travels with and guards the mail. He even travels the world and collects tags from all the places he's been. He gave life to the USPS and they gave life to him. ( )
  TSouza | Apr 10, 2016 |
This book is about a little dog that is out in the rain and he is cold and wet. He finds a building where the door is open and it’s warm inside. The place he ends up going inside is the postal office. The men working there find the dog and this guy named Owen keeps the dog and calls him Owney. Owney ends up going everywhere with Owen and the rest of the workers. Owney becomes a really famous dog by traveling all over the world for the Postal Service. He ends up becoming the Rail Mail Mascot. Owney gets a lot of medals and rewards from being the mascot. The workers all say he is a lucky dog.

Relating to this book is kind of hard, but the way I think lots of kids or anybody could relate to this book, is by having a big imagination. Some kid’s think their dog can do really cool tricks and is the coolest dog in the world.

In the classroom, the class could talk about their pet if they have one. Also, the kids could use their imagination and pretend their dog or animal does something really great.
  sfarley2410 | Oct 31, 2010 |
Wales, Dirk. (2003). A lucky dog: Owney, U.S.Rail Mail mascot. Chicago: Great Plains Press.
This is the true story of a stray dog who became a world traveler with the Rail Mail Service from 1888-1896. He wandered into the Albany post office one cold night. He was very protective of the mail bags. He traveled with the Rail Mail service between cities. The men in the Albany post office asked that others add a tag to his collar wherever he visited so they could see where he'd been. He eventually took a 132 day trip around the world on a steam ship collecting tags and momentos of his travels. Also, a map of his travels is included throughout the book as a primary source document. I enjoyed the muted watercolor illustrations. This is a great book to read to students and extend into social studies lessons about this time period.
  ranaemathias | Jun 27, 2010 |
This story was about Owney, a dog that became mascot of the United States postal service. Owney was once an abandoned dog until the rainy, cold night he enter the Albany, NY post office. The mailmen took him in. Owney began riding in the mail wago and eventually began riding on the postal trains across the country. Owney even rode with the mail around the world!!!

This story was really cute. I always love stories about animals, especially about dogs.

Classroom extension: 1) From the story, teachers could guide a research activity with their students to find out more infomation about Owney. 2) Teachers could also teach student about the process of delivering mail and more information about the United States Postal Service. ( )
  jcole7 | Mar 31, 2010 |
One dark cold night in Albany, New York a puppy wandered into a mail station to stay warm. The puppy was found sleeping on a mail bag by the workers the next day. A worker named Owen decided to keep the pup. The pup became a lucky charm for the mail carriers that rode the trains. Owney traveled all over the world on the rails. Accidents were very common on the rails back then, but Owney’s trains never had an accident while he was on them. Owney also traveled over 143,000 miles by steamship and train for 132 days. Owney rode the rails from 1888-1897, he loved nothing better than to stick his nose out the doors and sniff all the scents that sped by. Owney was a well traveled adventurous lucky dog.

This was a wonderful biography to read. I enjoyed that it was a story about a wonderful animal and mascot. I usually find biographies terribly tedious and boring to read, but this book was a big change from what I’m used to. Overall a great book!

An extension idea for this book could be to use it as an introduction to a History lesson. This book has maps of the old rail lines. Students could look at the map and discuss how different the postal system is today.
  JillianWilliams | Nov 14, 2009 |
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Finally, Owney met the Postmaster General, John Wnamaker, who made a long speech about how Owney was now the Official Mascot of the Rail Mail Service.
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Owney was a friend of the mail. He loved the smell of railroad mail bags. He slept on them and rode with them to the train station in Albany, New York. One day he got a chance to ride a Mail Train. That was the beginning of Owney's travels on Mail Trains all over the country and his chance to make hundreds of new friends.

As he traveled, "baggage tags" were fixed to his collar by faraway Post Offices. Then, U.S. Postmaster General John Wanamaker presented Owney with a special blanket for all his "baggage tags".

Toward the end of his career, Owney traveled on mail boats and trains around the world. Owney was one Lucky Dog!

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Shows the places that Owney, The Traveling Dog, went in the years he was Mascot for the U.S. Rail Mail Service.

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