By Diana Perez, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – We all know that a dog is man’s best friend, but have you heard of the  mailman’s best friend?

Ruth, of central Massachusetts, has been getting mail addressed to her dog for almost thirty years.

What is stranger is that her dog has been dead for twenty of those years.

Back in the early 1980’s Ruth called the phone company and asked if she could change the name of her bill.

“She said as long as he’s a member of the family and he lives here. She did not ask if he was human. So I had my phone listed under my dog’s name.”

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports

And since then, hundreds of companies have been hounding Jasper, her cute black mutt.

A $2,500 check from Hyundai. “A down payment for a car,” says Ruth.

College applications. The latest from Curry College.

A free flight on United Airlines for his birthday, “To any major national airport anywhere in the continental USA,” Ruth chuckles as she reads Jasper’s grand prize aloud.

And in case he needs some extra cash, Ruth says the banks are lining up to give it to him, “The banks, the credit unions, credit cards! Without having to sign up.”

The offers keep piling up but even if Ruth or Jasper want to claim his prizes, they can’t because he’s been dead for twenty years.

So why, after years of getting what’s mostly been junk mail to a dog that no longer exists, hasn’t Ruth called the companies to inform them there’s no one at her home by that name?

Her reason is actually quite kind.

“We know what’s happening with the post offices now and we’re in danger losing some of our postal centers. So I said you know these people want to spend the money on this, let the post office gain from this, let this money go into the postal fund.”

Plus she gets to giggle every time Jasper gets another check, invite or grand prize.

“He should only know where he’s resting in peace somewhere that his life is still going on.”

Comments (3)
  1. Matt says:

    How is this news?

    1. Steve says:

      Matt. The good thing about this country is that you are not forced to read or watch the story if you choose not to. News doesn’t have to be all about murders, missing people and politics. Would you rather watch more about who is leading the republican primary polls every minute of the day? I think you missed the humor in a story about how pervasive and invasive (to the ridiculous) advertising has become today and how readily banks are willing to give loans or credit to anyone, even a canine 20 years gone.

  2. NoSpamWanted says:

    It shows you how stupid the robotic mailers are. We are still getting mail for my father-in-law who has been dead for over 10 years. No amount of trying to stop the nonsense works. At least the P.O. gets some benefit, unless they lose money on it.

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