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A Letter to Congressman Pascrell

June 7, 2013

Dear Congressman Pascrell,

As a member of the canine community I am writing to you concerning an issue of importance to me and my fellow dogs. The proposed elimination of Saturday mail delivery will have an extremely negative impact on the quality of life for millions of dogs across our nation. The daily visit from the mailman is highly anticipated and celebrated by dogs everywhere. Their arrival is the most consistent opportunity for us to protect our home and families. From personal experience, I can tell you that there is no greater satisfaction in a dog's life than chasing the mailman into the waiting jaws of the pit bull next door. The UPS man fails to raise the passion of daily mail delivery – inconsistent and those drab outfits lack the panache of the U.S. Mailman.

Perhaps the US government feels that because we are denied the right to vote we are unconcerned or uninformed on this issue. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dogs throughout the land are shredding and urinating on newspapers with articles on the cancellation of mail delivery. And while you may feel that we as dogs can be ignored, the impact on your dog owning voters could be profound – household destruction, alternate bite victims, nuisance barking, vomiting on the bed.

Maybe things will be different for a new generation of dogs who grow up not knowing the delights of intimidating the postman every day. But why should they be deprived of a ritual that is woven into the very fabric of American life?

Mail delivery is a cherished American tradition, and with the demise of the dog catcher, one of the last of any meaning for dogs. Congressman, if you truly believe in homeland security you will see to it that dogs have the daily practice they need in defending their homes. This is an opportunity for you to give a voice to the voiceless, to be a friend to man's best friend and oppose the end of Saturday mail delivery.

Your best friend,

Fang

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