The US Postal Service just declared war on my GSD
I need help.
I have my mailbox on the inside of my porch, beside the front door.
When I got my GSD, my mailman was worried about her going through our bay window to get to him. He told me I either needed to install bars on my windows or move my mailbox to the end of my driveway, or they were going to stop delivering mail. I understood his concern and happily obliged. I want my dog to be safe, and of course the mailman to be safe.
Living in New England, where we get a lot of snow (plows destroy curbside mailboxes), I opted to install bars. I installed iron bars, which I built, welded, and installed myself. That was two years ago. The mailman was happy, and I thought that was the end of it. She makes a racket when he comes, and she likes to bang her paws against the bars and jump around, but they're iron bars, solidly installed. She can't get through them.
Well, we now have a new mailman, and today I got a letter from the postmaster saying that my dogs aggressive behavior "startles" the carrier, and they are concerned that one of these days, while delivering mail, the mailman will get "startled" by my dog, and he will trip and fall and hurt himself. So now they are ORDERING ME to move my mailbox to the end of my driveway.
So I called the guy and told him I wanted to file an appeal. I explained that I already installed iron bars at my own expense to ensure the mailmans safety, and that I refuse to install a mailbox at the end of my street at my own expense. If the mailman is surprised to find dogs on his route, and doesn't understand that dogs, especially GSDs protect their home, and that's what they're supposed to do, and that even though he understands the dog can't possibly get him, but is scared anyway, then maybe he needs therapy, or perhaps he has too delicate of a constitution to be a mailman. Perhaps he should seek a job in a flower shop, or a children's clothing store. (I was mad at this point)
Anyway, the guy said he would "escalate the appeal to his higher ups" and then I hung up on him.
Can these people DO this to me? God, I did everything I could to make sure the dog couldn't get out and hurt him. All she can do is bark. Seriously, they're afraid he's going to get startled and trip and fall? Seriously? What a little girl.
If anyone else has gone through this, and has any advice, I'd appreciate it.
Last edited by JeanKBBMMMAAN; 08-28-2013 at 08:02 AM.
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