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A dog and a mail carrier

We're used to the notion of dogs barking at mail carriers.

But this seemed ridiculous.

An occupied postal service van was parked on a South Hill street. And a dog that looked like a schnauzer stood in the adjacent yard barking at it.

Talk about holding a grudge. The mail carrier can't even get out of the vehicle before the dog starts in?

Eventually the dog put its front paws up on the white van and continued speaking out.

Sometimes, though, things aren't always as they appear. After a moment, the woman taking the dog for a walk came over and picked it up. It seemed she was going to have to haul it away from the van and the female mail carrier inside.

But no. This hadn't been canine hostility. It had been a greeting. Or maybe a request.

The woman held the dog up and leaned the front half of it in through the open passenger's side window. Maybe there was a cookie or dog biscuit presented. I couldn't see.

In any case, it was a reminder. There is barking and then there is barking. The two are quite different.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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