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Here’s what Link covered May 26-June 1

Dogs, Project Safe Delivery and a casting call were in the news

A leashed dog takes a nap on the floor in front of a chair where its caretaker is seated.
A participant takes a breather during last week’s news conference on the USPS National Dog Bite Awareness Campaign.

Last week, Link covered the Postal Service’s preparations for the latest USPS National Dog Bite Awareness Campaign.

The organization held a news conference May 30 to preview the annual campaign, which begins Sunday, June 2, and concludes Sunday, June 9.

“We want everyone to get involved and do their part to show dog owners how they can be good stewards for safe mail delivery and ensure the safety of our employees,” said Leeann Theriault, the USPS employee safety and health awareness manager.

Link also told you about a video update on the Project Safe Delivery anti-crime initiative, Bill Fraine’s appointment as the Postal Service’s business and commercial initiatives vice president and a casting call for employees interested in appearing in this year’s USPS holiday advertising campaign.

Additionally, we reminded you about the sanctity of the U.S. Mail and Hatch Act prohibitions on engaging in partisan political activity while on the job.

We went “On the Job” with Erik Eicholtz, a driving safety instructor for Kentucky-West Virginia District, and “Off the Clock” with Heather Asselmeyer, a safety specialist for Connecticut District who enjoys playing disc golf in her free time.

Finally, as Military Appreciation Month drew to a close, we introduced you to Jeff Herman, a Warrendale, PA, lead mail processing clerk who serves as puppy wrangler for his wife’s dog training and breeding business outside Pittsburgh.

The firm’s specialty is raising and training puppies to become service dogs for veterans.

In addition to the rewards that come with aiding veterans, Herman said there are definitely perks to his side gig.

Among his favorites? “Cuddle time,” he said.