Dogs and the mail

To the Editor:

The Postal Service team here would like Bar Harbor pet owners to take a moment and look at the world through their dogs’ eyes. Eating, sleeping and playing take up most of their day. The one job they do have, at least in their minds, is protecting their turf and their family.

“It’s OK, he won’t bite you” is a phrase heard often by letter carriers. But the truth is that all dogs will bite if they feel their territory or family is being threatened.

To protect letter carriers or anyone who may visit your home, make sure that dogs are inside or restrained out of reach of your door when expecting a delivery. Before opening the door to accept or sign for a package, pets should be in another room, secured out of sight of what they may consider a threatening transaction. Make sure any children in the home also understand the need to separate the family pet and a visitor at the door.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Dog bites account for more than one-third of all liability claims against homeowners insurance.

With pet owners’ help, we can keep our carriers, neighbors and pets safe as we continue to bring packages and other important correspondence to your door each day.

Postmaster Dianne Hague

Bar Harbor

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