When the National Postal Museum wanted to fix up its four-footed star attraction, it turned to retired Smithsonian taxidermist Paul Rhymer. Owney has been dead for 114 years, but Rhymer left the dog looking much more like his old self.
Linda Edquist, a conservator at the National Postal Museum, removes Owney from his exhibition case. She’s wearing a protective mask because of concerns that the dog might have been preserved with dangerous chemicals such as arsenic. Smithsonian Institution Buy Photo