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Letter carrier helps aging canine

Letter Carrier Jeff Kramer, inset dog Tashi on new ramp
Boulder, CO, Letter Carrier Jeff Kramer recently helped an aging dog on his route. The inset image shows Kramer delivering mail at the home where the dog, Tashi, lives.

Who says you can’t teach an old dog a new trick?

In Boulder, CO, a 14-year-old dog named Tashi is getting around a little more easily thanks to a ramp installed by Letter Carrier Jeff Kramer.

Kramer first met Tashi a year and a half ago when the dog came outside to greet him on his route.

“He was a very happy dog, but couldn’t move around,” said Kramer of Tashi’s difficulty using the porch steps.

As time passed, Kramer noticed that Tashi’s owner had to carry him up and down the steps, so the letter carrier decided to help by donating the ramp he had used for his own elderly dog, Odie.

“I had it, so I figured why not let them use it,” said Kramer. “I hate seeing useful things have to go to the trash.”

Kramer stopped by Tashi’s home on his day off to install the ramp, which helped the dog reclaim his independence.

Kramer went through the same thing with Odie and sympathized with the family.

“I didn’t want them to make any difficult decisions because of Tashi not being able to move around anymore,” he said.

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