|#4604-4607 Dogs at Work 2012 Postage Stamps
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.