They say dogs and mailmen have a long and dark history of hate for each other but not with this pair. Colorado mailman, Jeff Kramer and black Labrador retriever, Tashi break all the stereotypes with their heartwarming story. Their unlikely friendship turned into a forever connection.
When mailman, Jeff Kramer first met Tashi, the two had an instant bond. Every day on Jeff’s mail route he was approached by a friendly and smiling, Tashi.
Jeff told Today.com, “You don’t check out a dog first. You let it check you out first and you’re much better off that way.”
Jeff and Tashi grew to love each other. Karen Dimetrosky, Tashi’s owner said, “He has always wagged his tail and pulled us over to his mail truck. He will now get off his bed and come greet Jeff at the door when he delivers a package.”
As the years passed, Kramer noticed Tashi slowing down and having trouble getting up and down the steps. Tashi is 14 years old and according to VetStreet.com, “A 13- to a 15-year-old dog, depending on her size and health, is roughly equivalent to a 70- to 115-year-old person. Older dogs may find it more difficult or painful to move around. You can help by removing obstacles that make going outside or getting around your house difficult. For example, floor runners on slick surfaces can make it easier for her to walk around without fear of slipping or falling.”
Kramer didn’t want Tashi’s age to stop him from going outside every day, so he built a ramp that allows the 70-pound dog to walk up and down the stairs freely. Kramer built the ramp with the extra lumber from a ramp he used for his own older dog, Odie, who died 5 years ago.
“I didn’t realize how much trouble (Tashi) was having until I saw them actually carry him up the stairs,” he said. “I remembered my dog having the same problem, and it’s sad.”
Tashi’s owner, Dimetrosky’s didn’t think a ramp would work well for their household at first.
“We didn’t know how to assemble it, and we were hesitant putting something so large in front of the house, not knowing how long Tashi would live,” Dimetrosky said. “When Jeff assembled the ramp on a Sunday and we came home and saw him out front, we were so grateful that he took time out of his life to do this for Tashi.”
Thanks to Kramer, Tashi’s life has become significantly better. She uses the ramp freely and no longer needs to be carried on and off the porch by her owners.
“It has enabled the kids to take him out front also and given Tashi a sense of independence and dignity as an older dog. Jeff is just a compassionate letter carrier who possesses a love for animals.”
Kramer and Tashi’s unlikely friendship show the world a little kindness goes a long way.