The true story of an American icon. One stormy night in 1887 a stray mutt wandered into the Albany, New York Post Office looking for shelter. Taking pity on him, the employees adopted the dog, giving him a home. Owney loved the mail, following it everywhere. During his 9 year career, Owney traveled all over the United States, logged over 143,000 miles on mail trains, traveled around the world, was honored by the Postmaster General, named the official mascot of the Rail Mail Service, and became one of the most beloved figures in American history. Beautifully illustrated, it captures the adventurous spirit of one Lucky Dog!
There is an extensive tribute to Owney at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington D C. Dirk Wales, author of A Lucky Dog gave a reading and book signing there.
Awards & Accolades:
- Mom’s Choice Award
- This book has sold 38,000 copies!
- It is in almost every Railroad Museum in America!
Review: November 2003 – Chicago Tribune – Childrens Book Reviews
1890s mutt makes good, worldwide. Owney (named after the kindly postal clerk who let him stay that first night in Albany, New York) became quite the traveler, on the big boxcars in which mail was carried and sorted. He received special tags from kennel clubs around the country and was even issued a Japanese imperial passport. Though short on detail about Owneys final days, the story passes pleasantly, riding on the strength of Diane Kennas illustrations and the quirkiness of the true sotyr. Maybe we all like to see a free survivor in bureaucratic space.