The U.S. Postal Service releases four new stamps to honor working dogs.
The set 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.
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 the two-ounce rate.
The USPS notes that 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 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.
The stamps will be released Jan. 20 in Merrifield, Va.
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