When you hear stories about relationships between mail carriers and canines, they don’t usually have a happy ending. But, Boulder, Colorado, mailman Jeff Kramer looks forward to his daily interaction with Tashi, an older black lab that happens to live on his mail route.
Kramer first met Tashi several years ago when he began delivering mail to the house where the dog lives. Kramer says Tashi would dart out to greet him each day.
“As fast as he could—which was not very fast—he ran up to me tail wagging, first day I met him,” Kramer told Dailycamera.com of his first of many greetings from Tashi. “He’s just a really friendly dog. And I am a dog person, and they can tell.”
From that day on, a bond was formed between the two. Kramer looked forward to his greetings from Tashi, who was just as excited to see his daily visitor.
But as time went on, Tashi, who was already an older dog when Kramer first met him, struggled while climbing up and down his front porch steps to greet the mailman.
“We were literally carrying him up and down the stairs,” Tashi’s owner, Karen Dimetrosky, said. “And he weighs about 70 pounds.”
So, Kramer took the matter into his own hands and found a solution. On his day off from delivering mail, Kramer stopped by Tashi’s residence and installed a doggie ramp so the sweet old dog wouldn’t have to climb the front porch steps.
It was a ramp Kramer had once used for his own elderly dog, who has since passed away. The mailman knew the ramp would be put to good use by his four-legged pal, Tashi.
The duo continues to greet each other every day as Kramer approaches the house where Tashi lives—even if that means Kramer has to get out of his truck and go knock on the door just to see his friend. The two are so close, Kramer even went to Tashi’s 14th birthday celebration.
Talk about true friendship!