Vet, 93, in postal fight over pooch

MISSISSAUGA - Her dog may be all bark and no bite, but Canada Post is finding out the same can’t be said for heroic Kathleen Dyson.


Did you hear the one about the postman so afraid of a dog he won’t drop the mail through the slot of a 93-year-old widowed veteran’s house anymore?

The fact she is a special Canadian who offered her service to her country has not helped Dyson get her usual “excellent” service from Canada Post.

Kay, a Mississauga grandmother and proud Royal Canadian Legion Branch 582 member, was on the winning side in 1945, after all.

But even when she was serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the dog days of the Second World War, Dyson said she never felt this stressed out.

While the good guys always win in the end, it is sad that more than 70 years later she’s at war on the home front with Canada Post.

She is only a year out of hospital where, according to her, “they cut a lot out of me thanks to cancer,” but she’s glad to be alive for her children and grandchildren. She had a cardiac arrest during that surgery so doctors installed a pacemaker. I added that last part in for you, postie.

“At my age, you are kind of looking for peace,” she said in an interview.

She and her five-year-old Shih Tzu-Boston terrier crossbreed named Lady have not been able to find it.

The latest skirmish started last year when a new postal delivery professional decided to no longer put letters through the mail slot of her front door in the Burnhamthorpe and Dixie Rds. area.

“I have been in the house for almost 50 years (with dogs) and never had any problem,” she said. “In fact, for 50 years my service from Canada Post has been excellent.”

But in December, not only did her mail service stop, she also received a notice from a postal supervisor telling her to come to Matheson Blvd. for a chat.

“They gave me all my mail and then told me they could not put it through the slot anymore because of my dog, Lady,” she said.

Lately the letters have been left outside on her lawn. Seems the Postie is concerned he could get his fingers nipped.

“I don’t see how,” she said. “When the mail is delivered, my dog will bark. She cannot harm the letter carrier or his hands.”

Sun photographer Veronica Henri and I dropped by to check it out.

Looked like a regular Mississauga split level to me. And Lady, although excitable and attention-seeking, was a perfect lady to us two house guests.

I did still nickname the dog Killer.

Kay says the dog can’t even reach the mail slot. “She weighs approximately 30 pounds and loves everybody,” she says. “Because she sometimes barks when the carrier is putting the mail through the slot, he feels I should put a box outside?”

The slot was installed decades ago by her late husband, Peter Dyson, also a veteran.

Although Peter died 16 years ago, Kay says she “can hear his voice saying, ‘Fight this until the end.’”

She did serve at CFB Trenton and CFB St. Hubert from 1942 to 1946, after all, and knows what wartime looks like.

“Canada Post is currently investigating this situation,” spokesman Mouktar Abdillahi said. “We’ve been working with the customer for a while to ensure consistent delivery and the safety of our employee.”

So far I have not heard anything suggesting the employee was bit, scratched or is facing any health threats.

“We have worked with the customer in the past regarding her dog and our employee and had a satisfactory arrangement that appeared to be working well,” said Abdillahi. “Something has unfortunately changed and we will be discussing this with the employee.”

Here’s what I would tell him: Just deliver the 93-year-old widowed veteran with cancer and heart trouble her mail and not be a baby about it.

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