Archive for October, 2011

Postal Museum Announces Owney Look-Alike Contest Winners

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum today announced the winners of the national Owney the Dog Look-Alike Contest. More than 70 dogs across the country lounged on mailbags, dressed up in letter-carrier uniforms and posed by mailboxes, competing to be the modern-day Owney the postal dog’s look-alike. The nationwide contest sponsored by the National Postal Museum and the Washington Humane Society logged 8,284 votes from the public to select the three dogs that best represent the spirit of Owney.

Owney was a scruffy mutt who became a regular fixture at the Albany, N.Y., post office in 1888. He loved the mail and began to ride with the mailbags on Railway Post Office train cars across the state and then the country. In 1895, Owney even made an around-the-world trip, traveling with mailbags on trains and steamships to Asia and across Europe. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot, marking his travels by placing medals and tags from his stops on his collar. He has been preserved and is on display at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

“Bentley,” a 4- or 5-year-old terrier mix from California who somehow became homeless—just like Owney—was the contest winner, receiving 1,662 votes. Second and third prize winners were “Jordy” (from Virginia) with 1,607 votes and “Murphy” (from Ohio) with 998 votes. Winners will receive prizes and have their photos displayed in the museum next to the real Owney for two weeks. The top prize is an iPad2, on which the winner will be able to view Owney’s new interactive e-book, Tails from the Rails, being released by the museum later this fall.

“This has been an exciting year for Owney and his fans,” said Nancy Pope, historian and curator. “We presented Owney, fresh from his ‘makeover’ in a new exhibit that allows visitors to learn even more about their favorite mail dog. Owney’s online friends can browse through his entire tag collection and learn more about his life and travels via the museum’s Owney Web page (”

The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). For more information about the Smithsonian, call (202) 633-1000 or visit the museum website at

Important Safety Notice: Dogs and Escalators/Moving Walkways Don’t Mix

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This was received from a reader who works at an airport:
Please help me get the word out on a very serious threat to dogs traveling in airports. I am a safety manager at a major airport, and we frequently have dogs seriously injured when their owners try to walk them on escalators or moving walkways. The combs at the ends of the walkways and escalators will catch a dog’s feet and trap them. It is a very nasty injury, and technicians have to take the escalator/walkway apart to free their feet.

Please help make pet owners aware not to take dogs or any other animals onto escalators or walkways!

Thank you for caring.

Vero Beach Hotel and Spa offers Pet Package

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Oceanfront Resort Gives Furry Friends a Special Package to Indulge in the Lap of Luxury

Pamper your pooch during the season of giving while pampering yourself with a warm-weather getaway to the quaint ocean village of Vero Beach, Florida. Proving its appreciation of the most loyal companions, Kimpton’s Vero Beach Hotel and Spa introduces “Paws and Relax,” a pet-friendly travel package that unleashes a weekend of “pawsh” spa treatments and beachside relaxation.

Based on a three night stay now through December 2011, the “Paws and Relax” package starts at a rate of $199 per night and promises to have your furry friend begging for more with the following:

Accommodations in a Premier room
Daily hosted evening wine hour with your pet
Treat upon check in
A gift bag from the Dashing Dog Boutique which includes natural treats, travel water bowl, peppermint & tea tree grooming kit, and a ball to play with
Spa day at Blue Ribbon Groomer featuring a grooming service and complimentary consultation and pick-up and drop-off from the hotel. Following the service, your pampered pooch will enjoy a “Day at the Cape” where they will play with their furry friends and relax on the porch while taking in the sights and sounds of the ocean

Aside from strolling around the charming seaside village of Vero, guests of Vero Beach Hotel & Spa can explore the many amenities that the stylish hotel has to offer including a private beach, heated ocean-view pool, fitness center, golf privileges at private clubs and Kimpton’s signature offerings, including on-demand yoga and Pilates.

Give your pooch – and yourself – the ultimate treat of a warm-weather getaway with the “Paws and Relax” package, valid now through December 30, 2011. Reservations can be made at by entering PAWS in the rate code box, or by calling 1-866-602-VERO and requesting the “Paws and Relax” package. The promotion is based upon availability and pricing may vary (excluding all taxes and gratuities). Blackout dates apply.

For more information on the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, visit