Jax, an adorable black dog with a narrow white stripe on his chest, is a big fish in a little pond.
Living in the small village of Portree, which is located on the Scottish Island of Skye, Jax is know for his important job in a hole-in-the-wall post office that’s managed by his human, Ray Chandler.
You see, the happy-go-lucky dog has a very specific role: he’s the post office’s Official Stamp Licker! He even has his very own sign:
“Jax absolutely loves it,” Chandler said in a story by The Dodo. “He’ll actually lick your stamps.”
Every day, patrons look forward to seeing the pup, who happily greets them and helps them with their parcels. In fact, he’s so enthusiastic about his position, he sometimes licks stamps a little too hard – and accidentally swallows them!
According Chandler, this occasional blunder means that stamp-licking services are offered at the “customer’s risk.” But most people are willing to overlook any of the eager dog’s honest mistakes… after all, he just wants to help! And despite his silly snafus, the social pooch truly excels in the customer service department.
“He’s great to have around, because he becomes the focal point,” Chandler said in the story. “In Britain, everyone tends to talk about the weather, but in the office, people want to talk about Jax. Some people come in just to say hello, or to bring him a treat; others want to give him hugs. He has become quite a character.”
In addition to accompanying his dad to work every day, Jax enjoys lots of outdoor time, including swimming and walks with his parents. After all, as Chandler explained to The Dodo, “He’s part of our family.”
If there were more canine employees at post offices, we may be more likely to turn off the computer and mail a letter once in awhile!
Florida resident Carlos Irizzary was walking his dog when he spotted an Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy sitting on the ground next to an injured pup. The dog was struck by a car and left by the roadside when Deputy Josh Fiorelli found her. She was scraped up, had a dislocated leg, and couldn’t move much. Even in Florida the weather becomes cold in December, so Deputy Fiorelli draped his jacket over the wet dog to make her a bit more comfortable.
Deputy Fiorelli didn’t know anyone had seen him when the photo was taken. He didn’t do it for the likes, or the praise. He only wanted to show a little kindness to a frightened dog.
“It was cold out. She was wet. She didn’t have anyone there so I decided to be that person,” he tells WFTV9. “I know a lot of dogs become defensive when they get hurt. She was not defensive at all. She was acceptive of me trying to pet her and take care of her.”
The photo has since gone viral, and lots of praise has been heaped upon the Deputy, even if he wasn’t asking for it! He’s even been offered a few dates from some eagle-eyed fans who spotted his ringless finger in the picture! They must be the type who appreciate a man in uniform who is sweet to dogs!
The photo has since been seen by millions of people who thank Deputy Fiorelli for his nice gesture. It’s a sweet reminder that though it may not be a big deal for you, a small kindness can make a world of difference to a dog.
The pup was taken into the care of Osceola County Animal Services. They noticed that though she was in pain, she would still wag her tail. After a three-day stay hold, nobody claimed her, and the shelter named her Fiona.
According to Kim Stanton, director at OCAS, Fiona suffered multiple injuries from the accident, and veterinarians found an unrelated tumor that will need attention. Fiona has a few surgeries and a biopsy in her future, so she is not available for adoption at this time, but Stanton has high hopes.
“Recovery has been slow and will continue to be given her overall condition. Until we know more about this tumor, we can offer a prognosis. She is a sweet dog with a strong will to live and we are doing all we can to help her.”