It’s truly an honor to have been asked by the U.S. Postal Service to design and illustrate a set of postage stamps, and we’re thrilled that our Military Working Dogs stamps are out in the world as of their first day of issue - August 1, 2019. We had the pleasure of working with Greg Breeding and his team at Journey Group to bring these stamps to life. They feature four highly skilled breeds of working dogs: German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherd. Some of these breeds may be more common than others, but we’ve come to learn that dogs within each breed are important partners and companions to both members of the military, and police officers who work with these animals everyday. The outpouring of recognition and gratitude from these service members, now having a stamp to represent their partners, has been moving and humbling.
The stamps themselves include a gold metallic ink, and are available in books of 20, and for a limited time you can also purchase related memorabilia from USPS including first day of issue postmarked envelopes. The stamps also appeared in the postal services official magazine and catalog, USA Philatelic. You can find that article below, along with images of the stamps, including some of our initial concept sketches. We’ll also be attending the release ceremony for the stamps at the San Diego branch of USPS on August 30, 2019. Stay tuned for more details.