Dogs and Mail Carriers have historically had a complicated relationship… but one Colorado mailman surprised an elderly Lab on his route with a special gift that gave him a leg up!
When Colorado mail carrier Jeff Kramer, from Boulder, Colorado met Tashi, a 14-year-old black Lab on his route, Kramer knew Tashi to be a lovable, friendly dog. Always wagging his tail, Tashi would run up to meet Kramer, a self-proclaimed dog lover, and he said that Tashi just knew that.
Kramer carved out space each day in his route for some daily socialization, and the two became the best of friends. Ash Tashi has aged through the years, the enthusiastic greetings gave way to a slower pace, and Tashi had never really been a fast dog in the first place.
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Tashi’s mama, Karen Dimetrosky, said that they were essentially carrying Tashi, who weighed 70 pounds, up and down the stairs for him to just get in and out. Kramer, who a few years ago had built a ramp for his own senior pup, recognized that Kramer was struggling and decided to help his buddy out. His dog had since passed, and the ramp was just sitting in his backyard, unused.
Kramer originally offered the wood for the ramp to Tashi’s family, where it sat for a little bit because, according to the Dimetroskys aren’t super handy. Kramer a day off to rebuilt the ramp for them, allowing Tashi mobility he hasn’t had in years. Dimetrosky says that Kramer is an incredibly kind man and his generosity has made all of their lives a lot easier.
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Kramer said he was happy to do it because Kramer is one of his favorites. He has about 30 or 40 dogs that he’s ‘friends’ with, along with the proverbial three or four who want to ‘eat him,’ but he’s glad that Tashi is happy, and hopes that he has many more days of meeting his buddy with the wagging tail.
Awwwwwww… us too!