Issue City: Marrifield, VA 22081
Date: January 20, 2012
In today's world, dogs are more than just
best friends — frequently, they're also superb coworkers. The U.S. Postal
Service® celebrates the enduring partnership between dogs and people with the
Dogs at Work issuance. This set of four stamps depicts four hard-working
canines: a guide dog assisting a woman who is blind, a tracking dog on the trail
of a scent, a therapy dog visiting an elderly woman in her home, and a search
and rescue dog standing in a field, ready to tackle the next assignment.
For thousands of years, dogs and humans have shared a special bond.
While the earliest dogs helped human hunters bring home prey, today's pooches
excel at a variety of jobs. Currently, some 10,000 guide dogs in the U.S. and
Canada serve as an extra set of eyes for people who are blind. Therapy dogs,
chosen for their friendly dispositions, bring comfort and joy to the elderly and
the ill. Dogs that work with police and military personnel are trained to detect
drugs, guns, and explosives. Search and rescue dogs speed up search efforts,
increasing the odds of survival for disaster victims.
Artist John M.
Thompson created original paintings for the stamps, which were designed by art
director Howard E. Paine. The "Dogs At Work" stamps are being issued at a
65-cent denomination, which is the price for single-piece retail First-Class
Mail weighing more than one ounce and up to and including two ounces.
Made in the USA.