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Working dogs are receiving a lifetime moment of glory for their efforts, as the United States Post Office released a set of working dog stamps.

The set includes four jobs that working dogs do including guide dogs, tracking dogs, therapy dogs, and search dogs. Each stamp was painted with acrylics by Syracuse, New York, artist John M. Thompson based on photographs he shot. The stamps were designed by art director Howard E. Paine and are dubbed Dogs at Work.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service Homeland Security Coordinator Michael T. Butler said when dedicating the newly revealed working dog stamps, “We are proud to commemorate these specialized dogs on stamps. These animals are critical to serving individuals with special needs and critical to enabling successful rescues.”

It is estimated there are approximately 10,000 guide dogs in the United States and Canada serving as an extra set of eyes for blind people, as therapy dogs for comfort, in police and military service for their drug/gun/explosive detection, and in search and rescue scenarios to increase the survival ratios for those in critical need.

The stamps are available in self-adhesive sheets of 4, 10, or 20. Each stamp is valued at 65 cents, so they also serve more than a first-class letter for necessary postage.

On a similar note, bird aficionados will be interested in the Purple Martin forever stamp in honor of North America’s largest swallow. The illustrations for the final design came from Annapolis, Maryland artist, Matthew Frey.

Learn more by visiting www.usps.com.

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