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邮差狗:美国邮政的曾经

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小编摘要:在十九世纪的美国,在电子科技没有发展的旧时代,在美国新开发的西部地区,有一种狗叫做邮差狗?那邮差狗又是什么呢?

  导读:邮差狗是什么呢?为什么叫做邮差狗呢?本文介绍了在十九世纪美国的一只叫做Oweny的邮差狗的各种经历,别小看了这只两百年前的小生物,它已经为自己赢得了一张“永久邮票”,并且在美国的邮政博物馆里名声显赫着,一起来看一下这只幸运而又不平凡的邮差狗的故事吧。

你曾经听说过邮差狗吗?
Have you heard of mail dogs?
邮差狗不是雄狗,狗类中的雄性动物。他们是旧时在美国西部运送邮件和包裹的狗。邮差狗非常忠诚地紧随着邮递员因此已经成为了传奇。
Not male dogs, as in the masculine half of the species. Dogs that actually carried letters and packages in the days of the Old American West. And pooches that tagged along with mail carriers so loyally that they became the stuff of legend.
例如,一条叫做Oweny的邋遢混种小犬,刚刚为自己争取到登上美国邮政服务邮票的机会。这种邮票是“永久邮票”之一,也就是无论将来利率多高,它都会被用作头等邮资。
A scruffy mixed terrier named Owney, for instance. He just got his own U.S. Postal Service stamp - one of the so-called "forever stamps" that will be good for first-class postage no matter how high rates go in the future.
在十九实际,Owney是阿尔巴尼和纽约邮局职员们的伙伴,它甚至在那里过夜。当邮局职员们去火车站取寄发过来的邮件袋时,它也会紧随其后。
Owney was a pal of the clerks at the Albany, New York, post office in the late 1800s. He even spent the night there and would tag along when the clerks went to the railway station to pick up incoming mail pouches.
不久,Owney就爬上邮件分拣车,然后登上火车,乘着火车周游了整个国家--- 这是一种类似流浪汉的生活。这样,它整个生命都为邮政服务而度过,它甚至还登过邮政汽轮周游了世界呢。
Before long, he was catching rides in the mail-sorting cars aboard the trains and soon was touring the entire country by rail - a sort of canine hobo, given a lifetime pass by the entire postal service. He even traveled the world on mail-carrying steamships.
Owney死后,身体被保存下来。而实际上,它的身体最近被修复过。现如今,它已经是华盛顿国家邮政博物馆里最吸引人的陈列品。
After Owney's death, his body was preserved. In fact, it has recently been fixed up a bit and is now the favorite attraction at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.
我们这个邮差伙伴被陈列在博物馆里,同时也陈列了几个邮差狗标志和这些年里其他邮差们给他的各种标识。
The late postal pal is displayed there along with several of the dog tags and other tokens given to him by his human buddies over the years.
这不仅因为邮差员们喜欢这条邮差狗,也因为它有一种带来好运的魅力。繁忙的邮政列车随时可能发生意外,但只要Owney所在的车,就从未出事。
That's not just because mail clerks liked the little mutt. He was also a good-luck charm. Busy mail trains had their share of accidents. But never once did a train derail with Owney aboard.
因此,Owney一直是一种邮政吉祥物。
So Owney remains an enduring postal mascot.
Owney是如此的受欢迎,以至于这个月,邮政服务发行了一种有关它的互动电子书和一种手持设备的应用,在这个手持设备中三维立体的Owney看起来既会跳又会吠叫。
So much so that, later this month, the Postal Service will launch an interactive e-book about him and an app for handheld devices in which a three-dimensional Owney look alike jumps and barks.
尽管如此,我们知道,它并没有分拣邮件。
He doesn't sort the mail, though, so far as we know.
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2011-08-09 07:39 编辑:颜麦粥
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