Some linguists believe texting is the evolution of language. Who knows? Maybe we’re all destined to communicate in LOLs, and I’m just an old-fashioned fuddy duddy.
Still, when someone responds to a rescue dog I’ve posted online with just “How much?,” or even a “hi I was trying to touch base with someone again I sent an email trying to get an application for this handsome young fellow but have yet to hear back from anybody if you could please get in contact with me I’m very interested in adopting him thank you” – I tend not to respond.
The problem? Rudeness. Ok, so they’re not calling my mother a Pigwhore. But with a background in journalism, I find it almost as insulting when I receive an email devoid of punctuation, as when there’s simply no name attached.
Am I being judgmental? Absolutely. Nevertheless, I can’t help but wonder if there’s any link between lack of commitment to words on a page – and in life. If someone can’t take the time to consider what they’re writing to a stranger; perhaps their throwaway language is indicative of a more throwaway attitude towards adopting a a rescue dog.
Most rescuers want their dogs to go to the best forever homes. That doesn’t mean the richest, winners of the Spelling Bee, or those with a Gap credit card. (In fact the latter could be a strike against you!) However, it does mean caring, committed, and thoughtful.
First impressions do count. If one person writes “I want to buy this dog,” and another writes two paragraphs that may include spelling mistakes but also their name and why they’re interested: which one do you think makes it to the ‘reply’ list?! Yes, some one-liners redeem themselves by writing again. Most of the time though, they just fade away, never to be heard from again.