Ever since Carol Jordan adopted Bear and Bull six years ago, the black Lab mixes have had a knack for getting into trouble.
Partners in crime since the womb, the two rescue dog brothers delight in wreaking havoc around the house – pulling down drain pipes, chewing up doorjambs and destroying not one, not two, but three lawn mowers.
They could practically have a degree in landscaping after all the holes they’ve dug around their home in Smithfield, Virginia. But no matter what they do, their mom is always quick to forgive their antics. “They just can’t help themselves,” Jordan told The Dodo. “We never catch them in the act; we just see the destruction afterward.”
But sometimes the troublesome twosome can go a step too far. Such was the case earlier this month, when an unsuspecting postal worker came to drop off some mail at the farm.
“When delivery folks come up, they just leave their doors open and hop out to deliver,” Jordan said. “The boys (as we call them) will take any chance to jump into a vehicle.”
When the postal worker returned to her truck, she found Bear and Bull scarfing down her carefully prepared lunch. Despite the blatant food theft, the mail carrier quickly scribbled a note to the dogs’ owner, letting her know about the clandestine meal, and left it on the door. “Hey! I drove up to deliver a package and both of the dogs crawled in my truck,” the note read. “They got into my lunch and ate an egg and some carrots and pumpkin seeds. I don’t know if that will upset their tummies, just FYI!”
Jordan was touched by the kind gesture, and decided to try and repay the postal worker for her lost lunch (including the carrots, which Bear and Bull had promptly spit out on the lawn). Jordan and her guilty pups presented the mail carrier with a gift card for a new lunch and a note of apology.
“It was so nice of her to leave us a note of concern for the dogs that we decided to get her a gift card from the ‘boys’ to make up for them eating her lunch,” Jordan said. “I brought the note and card to the post office the following week so they could give it to the carrier.”
The note read, “Sorry we ate your lunch. Thank you for sharing! P.S. Our humans said, ‘Thank you’ for leaving a note. We didn’t like the note. We got in trouble.”
This isn’t the first time the friendly dogs have gotten into trouble with a courier. One FedEx driver had to learn the hard way that the two big dogs like to ride shotgun.
“Our FedEx delivery man told us that he came up to deliver and he left his door open. The boys jumped in and one sat ready to drive and the other ready to be a passenger in the front seat,” Jordan said. “He kept throwing dog biscuits trying to get them to come out — but they wouldn’t.”
While mail carriers on Jordan’s route are now very aware of the dogs’ antics, whether Bear and Bull are truly remorseful for terrorizing visitors is anyone’s guess.
“They don’t really regret anything they do!” Jordan added. “They will look guilty for a while, but then it is all fun and games with them again.”
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