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Mina and Mail People

Please do not oppress my love.
Pit Bull sad eyesI had the dogs out for a potty break. This is the only time I use retractable leashes. I live in a psuedo-apartment complex, which is actually a neo-Victorian home transformed into apartments. There is a partially fenced in front yard. Since other neighbors have dogs, I always leash my dogs. And since I cannot fathom having to follow six feet from two pooping dogs, I use retractable leashes. Please do not hate me too much.

The postal person arrived.You know how I knew the postal employee was going to arrive? A full 45 seconds before the postal worker came into view, Mina was all POSTAL EMPLOYEE APPROACHING, high alert, high alert! I thought it was another dog approaching, but then sighed heavily when I saw the mailman.

Celeste is unsure of postal employees. She's curious enough, but a little nervous when they pet her. Mina LOVES postal workers. It's an intense sort of love that almost borders on obsession. She once tried to jump into a postal worker's vehicle, just to say hi. The postal worker was polite enough not to hit her over the head with his satchel. He even pet her. This just reinforced her generally one-sided love obsession.

I'm not sure how this mail man is going to react to the dogs. I start heading up the stairs, but Mina is DO NOT DRAG ME FROM THE LOVE OF MY LIFE and Celeste is totally oblivious. I am glad 50% of my dogs are acting normally. The other 50% is embarrassing enough. I'm talking about you, Mina. Finally, I just give up and ask the guy if he is okay with dogs.

He's all, I love dogs! Which is good, because Mina is barreling towards him and can't stop in time, so she head-butts him in the leg. This is all very acceptable behavior, according to the postal worker. He pets Celeste who is slowly wagging her tail and looking concerned. And he pets Mina who ducks and expresses her desire for a back scratch, not a head pat.

Then he tells me how a Pit Bull once tried to attack him. He had to use his satchel for protection, which was good. I felt bad and embarrassed (come on, people, don't let your dog eat the mail!) (Or the mail person). To allay his fears, I tell him Mina only latches on to stuffed animals, not satchels or body parts. He said, he could tell she was a good dog. Ha! I could not disagree, even if I wanted to and I sort of did.

My neighbor, an 11-yr-old girl who loves Mina (her Pit Bull is named Nina!) and whose younger brother calls me the pit bull lady, even though only 50% of my dogs are Pit Bulls...oh my god, where was I going with that sentence? Geez. Anyways, she randomly leaps in to pat Mina on the head (Mina is all that is not how you do it) and tell her GOOD DOG before chasing her brother down in an intense, full-contact game of hide-and-seek. That is not how I used to play that game.

So while other dogs may have a strong dislike of mail deliverers in uniform, Mina has an obsessive fascination with them. To be clear, if you saw Mina when she sees the postal employees, you would think OH MY GOD, THAT DOG IS CRAZY. Not because she is slobbering or growling or barking or indicating a desire to eat anyone, but because she looks like a stalking, staring, creepy dog. She's like a Border Collie with The Eye, except the sheep are postal employees and, well, yeah she's a Pit Bull. Nevermind that she just really likes postal employees (and UPS staff too!), *I* still find it disturbing. I do not want my dog to be that intense about greeting someone.

How do your dogs react to mail persons?


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Mar. 15th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
The UPS guy is afraid to even come on my porch, because Beowulf makes noises about coming through the window and eating him. Never mind that Beowulf is a great respect of barriers, he certainly SOUNDS determined. The UPS guy won't even let me bring him out on leash to say hello and hopefully cut down on the death threats.

None of the dogs yell abuse at the mail carrier, because she just stops at the end of the driveway where the mailbox is.
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Dex loves just about anyone, uniform or not. He has a favourite mail person in Hawai'i. He loves his Hawai'i mail person. His whole body wags when he sees her. He also takes every opportunity he can to sneak into her vehicle because she let him one time. (It is very difficult to remove him from the vehicle and I have wondered if I will one day lose him to the postal service.)
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
steve barks like an idiot. OMG PANIC!!!!

mushroom barks if he's inside and the mailman is outside because it may be an invader. face to face he is friendly and happy to shmooze for potential cookies.

luce doesn't bother one way or the other if she's inside, but if she's outside, she's a total ham. hello loooove meeeeeee
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
George hates postal workers because of the noise the mail makes when it's shoved through the door slot.

He also doesn't like the main mail dude because last summer before our backpacking trip, I bought George his own pack and took him out for a walk in it. The mail dude gave him a funny look* and since then George has HAD IT OUT FOR HIM.

*This funny look had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the fact that I was laughing hysterically at my poor, waddling dog.
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Sally goes into full on "ZOMG THERE ARE PEOPLE INVADING OUR HOUSE!!" mode. But then, she does the same thing for people walking by our house.
And people using the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street.

And the squirrels that dare move halfway down the block.
Mar. 15th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
inside, puppy barks his extra loud alert bark, and then gets so excited his brain falls out and barks like a fiend while trying to get outside as fast as possible. if he's fast enough, he can catch another glimpse of the mail carrier from the side of the house as they pass between our house and our neighbors. once out there he'll barkbarkbark until the mail carrier comes into view, then he's all happy and dopey. i've heard our current mailman greeting him and talking sweetly to him, its cute. molly copies whatever puppy does. if he's excited, she's excited. if he's alarm barking, so is she! double time, just to be sure. even if she has no idea what he's barking about. if he's running outside, so is she!

if they're out front with me (on tie outs), they're just happy and waggy and quiet, hoping the mail carrier will come pet them and love them.
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Mine wish to shower them with love, and become beside themselves with joy at the vision of a UPS truck. Back when we lived in Dallas, the UPS guy would give them treats nearly every day he saw them in the apartment complex. The UPS people here are paying the price for obsessive doggie love.
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