Judge Cujo and Justice

The US Postal service is always surprised when canines take a well deserved shot across their bow. The latest incident is outlined here…

Spare Me

Maybe the theory comes from cartoons, but it’s generally believed that dogs and mailmen are archenemies.

That theory was tested Wednesday in West Manheim Township.

Police responded to 960 Grand Valley Road after rural-route letter carrier Robin Barton called from her cell phone, telling police she was trapped in her vehicle.

Barton, who usually does not cover that route, drove up the long, steep driveway to the Dekelbaum residence to deliver a package. As she turned around at the top of the hill near the house, a Rottweiler and a pit-bull mix attacked her Jeep Cherokee.

“Yes, I was frightened,” she said later.

I’d be frighened too. Have you seen the repair records on those Jeep Cherokees?

Barking and growling, the dogs ran around in a fury and attacked her tires. They snipped, bit and snarled and flattened three of them. The owners were not home to round up their dogs, and Barton was trapped.

The dogs, Judge and Justice, stayed in the yard, not letting her go.

In interviews after the incident, the dogs demanded the delivery of this month’s newsletter. Their actions are, therefore, considered appropriate by this blogger.

When West Manheim Police pulled up the driveway, the dogs charged the cruiser, barking and striking at one of the tires. Police pulled back down to the road so as not to get stuck there with Barton.

Police Chief Tim Hippensteel said he had never seen anything like it before.

His deputy, Tom Leggenplastic said he’d seen something like it before, once. It was on an episode of Car 54, Where Are You?

Dekelbaum drove her yellow Mustang down the road, and was surprised to see two police cruisers, with flashing lights, and an animal control truck outside her house.

Usually it’s just one police cruiser with an animal control truck outside her house.

She pulled up the driveway, got out of her car, and the dogs turned instantly from Cujos into happy, bounding puppies.

“They’re generally sweethearts,” she said, blaming a recently acquired tire toy for the attack on Barton’s vehicle.

Questions about the circumstances around the tragic death of the Michelin Man on her property just a few weeks ago went unanswered.

Dekelbaum apologized, and Barton left with acting postmaster Bobbi Pfaff to finish her route.

Finished the route? C’mon, the only thing finished that day was a double scotch at the local saloon.


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