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Dog bites manó4.7 million times a year
ConsumerReports.org ^ | June 3, 2010 | Staff

Posted on 06/04/2010 2:24:30 PM PDT by kanawa

Mail carriers are scrambling in Scranton this spring after seven dog bite attacks—the most in recent memory. Letter carrier Lyn Sottile was bitten by a chocolate Labrador that ran through an invisible fence, bit her leg and punctured the can of mace she carries. The injury took her off the route for a week, according to local news reports.

Postal workers are victims of only some of the more than 4.7 million dog bites annually. Each year 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites; half of them children. Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and about 16 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children 5 to 9 years old are the most vulnerable.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: chet99; dog; postal; rdo; usps

1 posted on 06/04/2010 2:24:30 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa

To paraphrase an old joke, “Someone has to find that dog and stop him”.


2 posted on 06/04/2010 2:26:42 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: kanawa
Don't sweat it!

GOVERNMENT employees have better health care than you in the private sector. Besides, it's not as though they are over worked and really stressed out. “Going postal” is not a luxury any of us in the private sector have.

3 posted on 06/04/2010 2:28:52 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: kanawa; Chet 99

Dog bites man—4.7 million times a year

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Chet. You know that half of these dogs must be pit bulls.

You got a lot a posting to do. Better get busy.


4 posted on 06/04/2010 2:29:08 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: kanawa

I’ve never been bitten by a dog.


5 posted on 06/04/2010 2:30:20 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nmh
GOVERNMENT employees have better health care than you in the private sector. Besides, it's not as though they are over worked and really stressed out. “Going postal” is not a luxury any of us in the private sector have.

If you think it's so easy, you're welcome to take the postal examination.

6 posted on 06/04/2010 2:35:21 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: kanawa

We had a black woman delivering our mail for awhile. I had to call “Human Events” and ask them to put the paper in a white envelope because I wasn’t getting it. Suddenly I got it every week. Now the black woman is in jail for shoplifting, fraud and writing bad checks. Typical federal employee. Most of the postal workers I run across are losers. Let the dogs have at ‘em!


7 posted on 06/04/2010 2:37:34 PM PDT by albie
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To: Responsibility2nd; kanawa; Chet 99; Salamander; shibumi; Eaker
Mostly Pitbulls I'd bet


8 posted on 06/04/2010 2:40:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: trisham

I was bit once...May 24, 1962...the day a tornado touched down in Waterbury, Connecticut.


9 posted on 06/04/2010 2:43:54 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa
Yep. Millions of times a year.


10 posted on 06/04/2010 2:45:56 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; nmh

Excellent suggestion, Colonel. Or feel free try to carry my husband’s route. (6 or 7 miles of walking.)


11 posted on 06/04/2010 2:46:45 PM PDT by RoseyT
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To: albie
Most of the postal workers I run across are losers.

What about all the postal workers who are veterans? Or all that are normal hardworking citizens? I'm sorry you've have bad experiences with mail people, but the silent majority are no better and no worse than anyone else.

12 posted on 06/04/2010 2:47:22 PM PDT by Route797
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To: RoseyT
“Excellent suggestion, Colonel. Or feel free try to carry my husband’s route. (6 or 7 miles of walking.)”

I'm sure the benefits outweigh what many would love to have the time to do - get some exercise walking and the money WE PAY FOR YOU, is also impressive for the job.

13 posted on 06/04/2010 2:48:53 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: RoseyT

I once saw a video of a TV news reporter spending a day accompanying a carrier. It made a believer out of him.


14 posted on 06/04/2010 2:49:51 PM PDT by Route797
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

“If you think it’s so easy, you’re welcome to take the postal examination. “

Say no more.

You are embarassing yourself and don’t realize it.


15 posted on 06/04/2010 2:51:16 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
If you think it's so easy, you're welcome to take the postal examination.

After trying for ages to get a rural postal route I've come to the conclusion
that I have to be a one-legged, lesbian, aboriginal before they'll hire me.

"Canada Post is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workforce. As a result, employment equity is a factor in the selection process. Canada Post encourages candidates to indicate on this profile if they are a female, a male, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group. Self identification is the only mechanism Canada Post can use to determine the composition of its potential workforce. This will allow the Corporation, in collaboration with its bargaining agents, to develop plans and programs that promote a fair, equitable and accessible workplace where diversity is valued and encouraged."

16 posted on 06/04/2010 2:51:52 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa

ROFL!


17 posted on 06/04/2010 2:54:45 PM PDT by ARridgerunner2
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To: nmh
Have you worked for the Postal Service? Do you have first hand experience of the life of a postal employee? Is all your postal knowledge gained from watching Seinfeld?
18 posted on 06/04/2010 2:56:14 PM PDT by Route797
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To: Richard Kimball

That poor man has obviously drunk far too much.


19 posted on 06/04/2010 2:56:59 PM PDT by Grunthor
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; kanawa; Chet 99; Salamander; Eaker; goat granny
I've read throwing meatballs at them is a great (albiet slow) deterrent


20 posted on 06/04/2010 2:58:02 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: kanawa
After trying for ages to get a rural postal route I've come to the conclusion that I have to be a one-legged, lesbian, aboriginal before they'll hire me.

I volunteer to saw your leg off and put a bone in your nose, but you're on your own for the other.
21 posted on 06/04/2010 2:58:31 PM PDT by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
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To: Route797

The average person is clueless about what the job entails though.

I would be the first person to admit that there are lots of bad apples working for the postal service but it ticks me off when people make sweeping generalizations about the employees. Especially when I know my husband doesn’t fit into that category.


22 posted on 06/04/2010 3:00:46 PM PDT by RoseyT
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To: JoeProBono

Hippos, now meatballs? Okaaaay...


23 posted on 06/04/2010 3:01:23 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: kanawa
After trying for ages to get a rural postal route I've come to the conclusion that I have to be a one-legged, lesbian, aboriginal before they'll hire me.

But that's Canada. Here in the USA, preference is given to military veterans. That's why your average American postal worker tends to be more patriotic than his counterpart in private industry.

24 posted on 06/04/2010 3:02:14 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Chet 99

Have you ever tried to throw a hippo?


25 posted on 06/04/2010 3:02:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: RoseyT
I would be the first person to admit that there are lots of bad apples working for the postal service but it ticks me off when people make sweeping generalizations about the employees. Especially when I know my husband doesn’t fit into that category.

I used to work in the USPS and more of my former coworkers were in the hardworking category than the bad apple category. But sweeping generalizations are the meat and potatoes of the message board environment.

26 posted on 06/04/2010 3:07:23 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
But sweeping generalizations are the meat and potatoes of the message board environment.

See a lot of that on some dog threads.

27 posted on 06/04/2010 3:11:46 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa

Wow. You have a good memory.


28 posted on 06/04/2010 3:13:44 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: albie
When the substitute mailpersons run the route and my dog is out (on a cable limiting travel well away from the mailbox(located on the house)), I don't get any mail.

The regular mailman (who is really a nice person) sometimes gives the dog treats and the "poor dog" is an extreme fan of the postal service employees and vehicles now. The problem is that the majority of local postal employees are apparently not "dog people".

29 posted on 06/04/2010 3:18:17 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kanawa

[Dog bites man—4.7 million times a year]

Man, I’d hate to see THAT guy’s medical bill.


30 posted on 06/04/2010 3:27:09 PM PDT by RetSignman (Tea Parties ..."We have seen the Patriots and they are us")
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To: JoeProBono

Averages 33%, actually.

[which means, conversely, an average of 67% are not pit bulls]


31 posted on 06/04/2010 3:35:04 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: kanawa
Dog bites man—4.7 million times a year

Poor dog. Hope it gets free dental care, at least.

32 posted on 06/04/2010 3:37:39 PM PDT by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: JoeProBono

LOL


33 posted on 06/04/2010 3:38:16 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind.)
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To: kanawa

True story. A guy who once was a postman told me this. There was a dog at one of the houses he delivered mail to that when it heard the mailman walk onto the porch, loved to make a run and throw itself against a locked screen door.

The mailman one day crept upon the porch and hearing the dog make its run toward the door, timed its run and then opened the door just as the dog flung itself. He said the expression on the dog’s face as it flew in the air past him was priceless.


34 posted on 06/04/2010 4:07:08 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

A better term for “locked screen door” would have been “latched screen door.”


35 posted on 06/04/2010 4:15:34 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: trisham

Cheated a bit...knew the general time period and location...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Connecticut_tornadoes

“May 24, 1962: An F3 tracked through northern New Haven and southern Hartford Counties. The tornado produced “near-F4 damage” in parts of Waterbury and Southington, with more than 200 buildings destroyed and another 600 damaged. One person was killed, with another fifty injured, and the tornado caused $4,000,000 in damage along its 11-mile (18 km) path.”

After the all clear I biked to a nearby hill to scan for damage.
Saw none, but did see an unfamilar GSD running loose that I thought I’d greet.
He was of a different mind and I can still see the scar on my calf.


36 posted on 06/04/2010 4:36:11 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa

Wow. What an experience.


37 posted on 06/04/2010 4:40:06 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono; Chet 99
"Have you ever tried to throw a hippo?"

How about a Warthog?


38 posted on 06/04/2010 9:51:25 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo (the Wily One) signed up for the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: Route797
“Have you worked for the Postal Service? Do you have first hand experience of the life of a postal employee? Is all your postal knowledge gained from watching Seinfeld? “

A friend of ours has worked for the Post Office. He thought of it as an over paid joke and laughed all the way to the bank collected OUR money via taxes for his salary, benefits and retirement.. It annoyed us to no end.

If YOU wish to be in denial of how UNDER WORKED and OVER PAID a Post Office worker is, that is your problem. Compared to what someone in the PRIVATE sector has to do, to get LESS in the end for being a CAPITALIST - really irks me. I know I'm supposed to EXPEREINCE the job before I can KNOW what it is like - that is the typical LIBERAL defense posture. LOL! No, I don't need to BE a postal worker, or even President of the U.S. (Obama) to KNOW NEITHER is worth their salt. Informed people don't need that childish exercise. Here's another one - I don't need to have an abortion to KNOW it's wrong and hardly "compassionate". Play that idiotic defense to a fellow moron.

You highlight the dumbed down and entitlement outlook that I detest. Save your indignant vicitm mentality for someone equally dumbed down. We are tired of it in this household.

“Is all your postal knowledge gained from watching Seinfeld?”

I have NEVER watched Seinfield. Perhaps his view of a postal worker being a joke is what offends your Obama mentality? I don't plan on watching Seinfield now or in the future. Liberals don't amuse me.

39 posted on 06/05/2010 8:18:01 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh
A friend of ours has worked for the Post Office. He thought of it as an over paid joke and laughed all the way to the bank

I'm sorry your friend was such a lazy character. I knew some like that in my postal work. I also knew some whom I would stack up against anybody as far as work ethic is concerned.

collected OUR money via taxes for his salary, benefits and retirement.. It annoyed us to no end.

The post office is supported through operating revenues, not taxes.

If YOU wish to be in denial of how UNDER WORKED and OVER PAID a Post Office worker is, that is your problem.

Over paid? Maybe.

Under worked. HA! During my postal tenure, if an employee was willing to work there was generally no shortage of work to be done. We were allowed two fifteen minute breaks a night. At times I would go weeks at a time without taking one of those breaks. I'd come home so stiff and sore I could hardly move. I know a lot of postal workers take advantage of the system. I didn't, and I know a lot of others who didn't

Compared to what someone in the PRIVATE sector has to do, to get LESS in the end for being a CAPITALIST - really irks me.

I'm sorry there are good people in the private sector who work under worse conditions than those I endured at the USPS. That's one reason I worked as hard as I did. I knew I was blessed in certain ways and I wanted to do my best to try to earn my pay. My flesh was weak at times, but my spirit was always willing.

I know I'm supposed to EXPEREINCE the job before I can KNOW what it is like - that is the typical LIBERAL defense posture. LOL! No, I don't need to BE a postal worker, or even President of the U.S. (Obama) to KNOW NEITHER is worth their salt. Informed people don't need that childish exercise. Here's another one - I don't need to have an abortion to KNOW it's wrong and hardly "compassionate".

The results of Obama's leadership are clear for all to see. Abortion is a case of morality and God's law. You can make inferences from your friend's comments and from what you personally see about the Post Office. I'm not disputing your personal experiences and observations, but as a person who actually lived the life of a postal employee I can say from experience that the reality of the USPS is more complex, and that your friend is not representative of each and every postal employee.

Play that idiotic defense to a fellow moron.

My friends and family know the truth about me, but rarely will they come out and say it like you have.

You highlight the dumbed down and entitlement outlook that I detest. Save your indignant vicitm mentality for someone equally dumbed down. We are tired of it in this household.>

I may be an indignant victim, but if, hypothetically, you were to read the comments of a liberal attacking all conservative Christians wouldn't you feel like responding? Nobody likes to see his life and livelihood be the the target of unfair criticism.

I have NEVER watched Seinfield. Perhaps his view of a postal worker being a joke is what offends your Obama mentality? I don't plan on watching Seinfield now or in the future. Liberals don't amuse me.

Ah, a man of rare good taste. I think I've watched five minutes of that show my whole life. From what I've heard, the show may be more libertarian than liberal.

Like I said, I'm sorry your friend is such a lousy advertisement for the USPS. I can understand people taking a dim view of the Postal Service as a whole, or of certain individual workers. What I don't agree with is the idea that each and every person involved with the USPS is the scum of the earth. That idea is what turns me into an indignant victim.

40 posted on 06/05/2010 12:59:03 PM PDT by Route797
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To: RoseyT
I would be the first person to admit that there are lots of bad apples working for the postal service but it ticks me off when people make sweeping generalizations about the employees. Especially when I know my husband doesn’t fit into that category.

Most people, even those who don't care for the USPS, realize that people are individuals, and that there are good and bad people in every group.

41 posted on 06/05/2010 1:05:19 PM PDT by Route797
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