TORONTO - Dogs chomping on mail carrier-shaped treats is no laughing matter for Canada Post.
The unamused Canadian postal service -- whose carriers endure more than their share of real dog bites -- convinced Pet Valu stores to stop carrying Bark Bars, dog biscuits that come shaped like cats and letter carriers.
"This is not in any way, shape, or form funny for us, and to make light of that ... I don't see that as funny at all, not even in the least," said John Caines, Canada Post's national media relations manager.
The pet store chain, which has 292 outlets in Canada, agreed to withdraw the treats after it received a letter from Canada Post saying that employees were concerned about the risks mail carriers face from dogs and unhappy with having dog biscuits shaped in their likeness.
Earlier this summer, a letter carrier from Chatham in southwestern Ontario broke both her wrists and had part of her ear ripped off when she was attacked by two pitbull-like dogs.
Caines said that in the first six months of 2004 there were 160 dog attacks on mail carriers across Canada.
Hi Ed, Yes, we heard all about this in the papers!! Too bad the Letter Carriers can't use Tasers on dogs!! But I do have to laugh-are all the dogs who play with those toys going to start attacking Posties?? lol
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No, I didn't see that one, but do they really think a dog can tell the difference if his cookie is shaped like a letter carrier or a bone?? I think not! These guys (and girls) need to get a sense of humour!
My two monsters gobble their treats so fast they would not notice what they look like. Funny shapes are more for human amusement. Obviously we have another case of political correctness run amuck (I am glad to see it doesn't just happen in the USA!).
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