Royal Mail has launched the annual Dog Awareness Week (30 June-4 July) to raise understanding of the issue of dog attacks on postmen and women - and members of the public.
On average around nine postmen and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK with over 3,300 attacks taking place from April 2013 to April 2014, an 8 per cent increase on the previous year.
The number of attacks peaks during the school holidays.
Mail wants to encourage responsible dog ownership and to appeal to dog
owners to keep animals under control when the postman calls.
They look cute, but they can be vicious when a stranger approaches their domain. (From personal experience, it doesn't help if the regular postman feeds biscuits to the dog, and you are his relief - with no biscuits!)
A nationwide Dog Awareness Week postmark is to be applied to letters from 30 June
As they said at our delivery office, it would be a good idea to have a Dog Awareness sticker on ALL mail, rather than just the stamped mail, given that such a large percentage of the daily mailbag is either franked or has a postage-paid impression.
See more at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com/
UPDATE: new image from Home Counties North (thanks Rob)
GERMANT ~ Germany ATM FDC - Germany 2017 ATM FDC, posted on January 3, 2017 from Bonn to Taipei with arrival postmarked on January 19, 2017.