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May 16, 2011

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Robert

In their press release about dog bite stats, USPS said 5669 postal workers were bitten in 2010. Do you know why this number is so much higher than the one you cite in #1? It may be because the USPS uses dog bites and dog attacks interchangeably so their number included attacks?

Here's the link to their press release -
http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2011/pr11_050.htm

Brent

According to the NCRC Press Release, the 2,675 is the number of bites recorded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The 5,669 in the USPS press release includes all incidents in which a worker reported being bitten or threatened by a dog -- so it includes incidents in which there may have been no actual physical contact with the dog but the dog was "threatening" in some way. I decided to report the actual documented bite number...although I'm sure there were some bites included in the USPS number that are not included in the OSHA nunmbers.

Jennifer Brighton

Okay, Brent, I have to brag. I got 9 out of 10 right too on the doggone safe quiz. Thank you Delta Society therapy dog lessons!

Dianne in DC

I got 9 out of 10 right too. Now I'm curious as to what others got "wrong". From my experience as road crew for the AIDS bike rides, I said to tell the dog to go home (it usually works).

Brent

Dianne -- my guess is that this is designed for kids -- who probably should just ignore the dog. I agree that telling the dog to go home usually works. I missed the one about the dog with it's tail between its legs but wagging it. Given the number of scared/damaged dogs I've fostered, I saw this as a great opportunity to reward the dog with some love to give him more confidence :) Probably not the best idea for a kid though...

KateH

Please, please, please, stop saying State Farm does not discriminate! Each of their agents can, and does, decide - on their own prejudicial ideas - to discriminate against any breed they feel like. State Farm allows this, with full backing from corporate. My State Farm agent will not insure Dobermans, Rottweilers, "pit bulls" and several other breeds. I am getting a new agent.

Brent

In fairness, State Farm as a company does not discriminate -- althought it sounds like some of their agents might.

Robert Pregulman

Thanks for clarifying the USPS numbers.

Jennifer Brighton

KateH, I also thought Farmers does not discriminate, but recently talked to a postal worker in my city whose Farmers agent denied his wife and him coverage because they had a dog that looked like a pit bull, even though the vet signed a statement that it was a boxer mix. The agent wouldn't accept the vet's letter and told the postal worker he would have to have a DNA test done. He chose to go with another insurance company that didn't give him such grief.

P.S. On the doggone safe quiz, I got the question wrong about a loose dog. I have taken a few loose dogs home from hiking trails that appeared to be lost and called their owners. We don't have many vicious dogs running around. All the loose ones seem to be happy go lucky. Or maybe I've just been lucky!

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