Mailmen and dogs go together like peanut butter and chicken. Sometimes it works, sometimes it really doesn’t.
But while some deliverymen have chosen to respond to the unknown dog factors by staying vigilant and keeping pepper spray with them, others dole out hugs and/or treats, and when they arrive the dogs run after them — because they love them.
Donald Kidd is one of those deliverymen. “I’m an animal lover,” Kidd said during an interview with The Dodo. “If I can pet a dog, and make him feel good, I will.”
“It feels good to know that they appreciate you coming,” he added. “They’re just looking for affection, too, that’s all.”
“There are two dogs I’ve known since they were puppies: Willie and Millie. They don’t allow FedEx to come around. They don’t allow anyone to deliver to the house but me.”
“My dogs know the sound of his truck,” John Danforth, a dog owner along Kidd’s route, said.
“When he comes to my place, they perk up and go running towards the road to greet him and bark!! Even on days I don’t get a delivery, they’ll hear the sound of his truck going by and, boy, they perk up and run to see as he passes by.”
Taking photos with dogs along routes has become a thing, and there are various hashtags and Facebook groups dedicated to displaying and furthering the trend.
“UPS drivers deliver packages all day long,” the UPS Dogs Facebook About reads. “During each day, drivers encounter many dogs, most friendly and some not so nice. When time permits, drivers snap a photo and send it in to UPS Dogs.”
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Jason Hardesty definitely jumped on the bandwagon when he started posting dog/work selfies to his Instagram account, creating the #pupsofjay hashtag.
“I try to discipline myself to do it on Fridays,” he told NOLA.com on March 27.
Hardesty is beaming in all the photos, clearly smitten with each new pup he befriends. He has pictures with pit bulls, puppies, Pomeranians, and pugs.
Most of the dogs look happy with the attention, and quite a few sneaked in a doggo kiss.
Honestly, who wouldn’t like a workday that involved getting to say hi to a bunch of sweet pups? Jay gets to see about 50 every day — it’s amazing he gets any work done!
Is your UPS delivery person this cool?
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