This Man's Facebook Group Built A Kindred Community Of UPS Drivers And The Dogs They Meet On Their Routes

Members of the group told BuzzFeed News drivers will use their work breaks to play with pups, and use their own money to buy and give treats to them on their routes.

Sean McCarren has been working for UPS for 17 years now and is a proud “driver of the big brown truck,” he told BuzzFeed News.

Sean McCarren has been working for UPS for 17 years now and is a proud "driver of the big brown truck," he told BuzzFeed News.

Sean McCarren / Facebook

One of the greatest perks of his job, he said, 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.

One of the greatest perks of his job, he said, 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 explained that he and other UPS drivers will often 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.

Sean McCarren

Five years ago, McCarren was inspired to start a Facebook group — a community of sorts — for him and other UPS drivers to share photos and videos of their pup friends. He named it UPS Dogs.

Five years ago, McCarren was inspired to start a Facebook group — a community of sorts — for him and other UPS drivers to share photos and videos of their pup friends. He named it UPS Dogs.

UPS Dogs / Facebook / Via Facebook: UPSDOGS

“Meet Jax!! He’s a hot mess of a bulldog 😀 nothing but love & snorts here,” one driver’s recent submission said.

"Meet Jax!! He's a hot mess of a bulldog 😀 nothing but love & snorts here," one driver's recent submission said.

UPS Dogs / Facebook / Via Facebook: UPSDOGS

Fellow UPS driver Jeff Skender from Illinois told BuzzFeed News 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.”

Fellow UPS driver Jeff Skender from Illinois told BuzzFeed News 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."

Jeff Skender / Facebook

Charlie recently had a litter of 15 puppies! (The father of the pups lives in the the neighborhood as well, Skender said.) Skender shared the video of Charlie enthusiastically showing her pups to him on his route last Wednesday to the Facebook page.

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He explained that many drivers will buy and bring biscuits to their route dogs every day.

He explained that many drivers will buy and bring biscuits to their route dogs every day.

UPS Dogs / Facebook / Via Facebook: UPSDOGS

Facebook: UPSDOGS

UPS DOGS does not discriminate either — McCarren will also feature friendly route cats.

UPS DOGS does not discriminate either — McCarren will also feature friendly route cats.

UPS Dogs / Facebook / Via Facebook: UPSDOGS

Sometimes, sadly, drivers who’ve built a relationship to 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.

Sometimes, sadly, drivers who've built a relationship to 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.

UPS Dogs / Facebook / Via Facebook: UPSDOGS

Facebook: UPSDOGS

Facebook: UPSDOGS

“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.”

"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."

UPS Dogs / Facebook / Via Facebook: UPSDOGS

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/usnews.xml

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