Sean McCarren has been a proud “driver of the big brown truck,” for 17 years.
He said one of the perks of his job is the dogs he meets on his routes. “I wish we could just hang out with the families and their dogs all day, but it’s just not feasible,” McCarren said.
HE said one of his favorite things to do, along with other UPS drivers, is to take their work breaks to play with these dogs who run up to their trucks or greet them when they come to people’s front doors.
Five years ago, McCarren was inspired to start a Facebook group. He and the other UPS drivers share photos and videos of their pup friends. He named it “UPS Dogs.”
He is the main moderator, but it’s completely crowdsourced by the many UPS drivers across the country.
McCarren receives photos from other UPS drivers and shares them to the page when he has free time. He named a few all-stars of the page.
“Katie Newhouser, Scott Hodges, Tommy Mathis, Matt Cathell, Kim Gowatch, Jeff Skender, Amanda Morellas, Sabah Baird, Kim Johnson, Bo Nelson, Julie Martin, Scott Duquette, Gina Cribbs, Sue Whittaker, Barbara Greene, Keith Wyatt, Gary Resedez, Elliot Sweig, Anthony Lapenta, Beth Morgan, and many more.”
“Meet Jax!! He’s a hot mess of a bulldog 😀 nothing but love & snorts here,” one driver’s recent submission said.
Fellow UPS driver Jeff Skender from Illinois said he’s been working similar routes for 15 years “so I know my customers pretty well, but I know their dogs even better, being the dog lover I am.”
Skender has been meeting a neighborhood dog named Charlie for over a year now and always gives him a treat.
Charlie recently had a litter of 15 puppies! The puppies father lives in the neighborhood as well. Skender shared the video of Charlie enthusiastically showing her pups to him on his route last Wednesday to the Facebook page.
“Some of my customers try to give me dog bones for reimbursement, but I’m not a big fan of that, although I humbly accept them as to not hurt their feelings,” Skender said.
UPS DOGS does not discriminate either , McCarren also features friendly route cats.
Drivers who’ve built a relationship with pets, and who’ve shared photos throughout the years, will also post updates when they die. “His human told me today of his passing and my eyes welled up and my heart sank,” one driver wrote.
McCarren’s group distinguishes itself from UPS, but UPS, the company, fully endorses the spirit of the group. “Yes, we are aware of that site,” a spokesperson said. “It’s a good example of the relationships our employees build with their customers, two or four-legged!”
McCarren and Skender both stress how much they look forward to their daily meeting, and how it adds to their jobs every day.
“This is one of the very best parts of my job,” Skender said. “It is an awesome feeling to be greeted so happily by unconditional love.”
And thanks to McCarren, UPS Dogs is delivering that unconditional love to social media.
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