The next year, the Atlanta Constitution weighed in with its interpretation of the dog, capturing a friendlier, tail-wagging canine in an article about the dog that ran on April 11, 1892.
By 1893, tales of Owney’s travels were appearing in newspapers across the country. In April of that year he visited a number of cities in California. While in San Francisco, the San Francisco Call ran this image of the wandering dog. The illustration shows not only Owney’s tags, but also features him showing off his treasured tags.
St. Nicholas, a children’s magazine, ran two stories on Owney, both of which used several illustrations of the dog. Some of these illustrations also appeared in newspaper accounts of the dog and his travels. And some continue to be popular with Owney authors today. One of the most familiar images from St. Nicolas magazine is the illustration below.
Owney with tags only on his collar lies on a clearly marked US mail sack, guarding it from any and all who might wish to interfere with the US mail. The image is a nice visual reminder of the dog and his self-appointed responsibilities.