Back in early June someone abandoned a dog at our cluster mailbox at the end of the block. Ourselves and several neighbors began leaving him food and water. Since it was early June and it was hot, as the sun rose he would first sit in the shadow of the mailbox, then he'd move across the street into more shade, and then find some shade in a neighbor's flower bed. But he would always return to the mailbox.

My wife decided we should adopt the dog and began trying to coax (as in persuade, not the cable :-) ) him to our house. He would take food from her hand but if she tried to pet him he backed away. He stuck by the mailbox for 5 or 6 days, apparently hoping his owner would come back and get him. Finally one morning I went for a jog and he began following me. I circled around the block and he followed and then into our backyard and he followed me right on in. The gate was closed and he was ours!

He quickly warmed up to us, letting us pet him. We decided to name him "Mailbox", seemed fitting. He lost his collar so we bought him another. He was so proud of it when we put it on him! We took him to the vet to get checked out and get his shots. The vet thought he was 3 or 4 years old and mostly Blue Heeler.

In the five months Mailbox has been in the family he has brought us so much fun and enjoyment. He jogs with me. He loves to chase rabbits. I don't know what he'll do if he ever actually catches one. He's treed the neighbor's cat twice. He loves to go wherever we're going.

Thank you to whoever gave us Mailbox!


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