British Postman Loved by Dogs!
Do you think we can get more postmen and women to try Mick's trick?
Thanks to This Is Wiltshire.co.uk for this story!
Why dogs love postman Mick
By Stephanie Tye
DOGS might be a man's best friend, but everyone knows they aren't too keen on the postman.
But for the last two years Mick Carpenter has been doing his bit for postal-poochie relationships - with the aid of some doggie biscuits.
Every morning Mick, 65, takes a pocket full of treats as he goes on his round in Bankside and Sarsen Close, Old Town, to give the dogs something other than his ankles to get their teeth into.
And it seems to have done the trick as all of the dogs know and love him.
The much-loved postman is retiring at the end of the month, and residents and pets got together to show him how much he will be missed.
Mick, who has been a postman for 10 years, said: "It means a lot to me, it really does.
advertisement"It is nice to be appreciated when you are only doing your job.
"I'd like to think I was pushing back boundaries by giving out the treats. I have had the biscuits ever since I started doing my round.
"I think it is far better to have them eager to see you rather than snapping at you and it adds another dimension to the job."
Mick estimates that he spends around 30 a year on dog biscuits.
"One is never enough so they all get a couple when I see them," he said.
"One of the luckiest dogs is Taffy whose house is at the end of my round, so he helps empty my pockets of biscuits for me."
As a token of their appreciation for all of his hard work and dedication to them, and their dogs, residents clubbed together to get Mick and card and a gift.
Taffy's owner, Richard Evans, said all the dogs, including his chocolate coloured labrador, would miss him when he retires.
"Whenever Taffy sees Mick he goes running out of the house and chases him down the road until he catches up," said 37-year-old Richard, of Bankside.
"We will all miss Mick, dogs and owners. He is a character in the area and he loves all of the dogs so much."