There’s tangible proof in Boulder, Colorado, that the universal rivalry between mailmen and dogs is fictional. United States Postal Service worker Jeff Kramer built a ramp so a 14-year old black Lab named Tashi could easily go to and from his house, reports The Daily Camera.
The older dog’s legs have weakened over the years, and this winter, the icy front steps prove too much for Tashi to handle.
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“As fast as he could — which was not very fast — he ran up to me tail wagging, since the first day I met him,” Kramer told The Daily Camera. “He’s just a really friendly dog. And I am a dog person, and they can tell.”
Indeed, Kramer said he has 30 or 40 canine friends that greet him each day as he makes his rounds, but he had a special bond with one in particular.
"Tashi would hang outside and would always get so excited when Jeff came,” the lab’s owner Karen Dimetrosky said in the same story. “He would always try to pull me towards the mail truck," she continued.
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Kramer was saddened when he realized Tashi was having trouble coming in and out of the house.
“We were literally carrying him up and down the stairs,” Dimetrosky said in the same Daily Camera story. She went on, “And he weighs about 70 pounds.”
Kramer decided to help out his four-legged buddy by repurposing a ramp he had built for his own dog, who passed away a few years back. As if the donation wasn’t enough, Kramer used his time away from work to install it.
“It’s incredible,” said Dimetrosky. “I can’t imagine not having the ramp now. It’s the only way [Tashi] gets in and out.”