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AustPost 10 June 2008 Working Dog

PostPosted: 16 Jun 2008 06:31
by kennywkt
WORKING DOG

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50c...............German Shepherd
50c...............Australian Cattle Dog
50c...............Beagle
50c...............Border Collie
50c...............Labrador


TECHNICAL DETAILS

Issue date................................10 June 2008
FDI withdrawal date...............8 July 2008
Denominations........................Five x 50c (se-tenant)
Design.....................................Sally Piskuric, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer......................................TBA
Paper (gummed)......................Tullis Russell
(s/adhesive)......................B/C 100 s/a
Printing process......................Lithography
Stamp size...............................26mm x 37.5mm
Perforations.............................14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout ...........................50/modules of 25
Special feature........................Design in gutter
National postmark..................Mount Barker, SA 5251

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This issue looks at five very important roles that go toward protecting and
supporting the current Australian lifestyle – all filled by “man’s best friend”.
Originally, the primary roles for domestic dogs were in guarding the home and
livestock, and in hunting. Our canine friends have since developed to meet our
own needs and enable us to take advantage of the intelligence and natural
instincts unique to these animals.

German Shepherd
It is thought that there are more German Shepherds than any other dog breed
in the world, as well as the most successful police dog breed. It descends
from a population of working shepherd dogs in north-west Germany. Max von
Stephanitz is recognised as founder of the breed, establishing the German
Shepherd Dog Association in 1890.
The breed is promoted as loyal, strong, intelligent and sociable, although
cautious with strangers. German Shepherds are used extensively by Australian
police units for the apprehension of violent offenders, tracking missing
persons, locating weapons, explosives and narcotics and responding to antisocial
behaviour at demonstrations and riots.

Australian Cattle Dog
Queensland settler Thomas Smith Hall is generally believed to be the man
responsible for the breed of dog known as the Blue Heeler, Australian
Heeler and Queensland Cattle Dog. There are no original breeding records in
existence for the Australian Cattle Dog which dates back to around 1840
– so there is speculation about its origins.
A herder by nature, it is an inexhaustible little dog that can drive cattle over
very long distances. It is a stocky, intelligent and extremely loyal dog for which
there is no task too big or too small.

Beagle
This dog is one of the oldest breeds in existence, dating back to ancient
Greece. Well known as a hunting dog for centuries, the Beagle’s skill was
particularly prominent during the reign of King Henry VII of England.
A Beagle’s sense of smell is 100 times more acute than that of humans,
making the breed ideal for passive response work as quarantine detector
dogs within international airports, mail centres and private courier depots. In
Australia, they are trained to detect 30 different items of quarantine concern.
Once these Beagles sniff out their payload, they simply sit and await their
reward.

Border Collie
These dogs are thought to be the most popular working sheep dog. Farmers in
the border areas of Scotland and England developed the breed around the 17th
century. Border Collies were first introduced to Australia in the 19th century.
They are natural herders, rather than drovers, and will practice this skill at
every opportunity. They thrive on work, rigorous training sessions and have
very high energy levels. Border Collies possess extreme alertness and are
considered to be one of the smartest breeds.

Labrador
Labradors originated in Newfoundland around the 16th century from the Lesser
St John’s Dog (a retriever) and are closely related to the Newfoundland Dog.
They were historically used to retrieve fishermen’s nets.
The Labrador is recognised as the most popular breed of dog in the world.
It is used in the service of the blind as guide dogs because of its calm
temperament, loyalty and intelligence. The confident Labrador is not easily
distracted or too headstrong. If chosen for the role of a guide dog it will
undergo a rigorous training program over nearly two years. Dogs that fail to
achieve the level of expertise required often become “pets as therapy” dogs.

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Re: AustPost 10 June 2008 Working Dog

PostPosted: 16 Jun 2008 06:33
by kennywkt
For dog lovers or dog thematic collectors, here is your chance to get dog stamps from AustPost, remember that Dog on Stamp never issued by POS Malaysia.