I get emails most days inquiring about getting a puppy from me. Unfortunately the vast majority don't do what the website asks, which is in bold print just under the title of the Home page, before contacting me. Which is "Please take your time to read the information on this website before contacting us." Why do I ask this, because the website pretty well covers everything from where we are to the price of a pup. It's all there, you just got to show a bit of attentiveness.
This morning I received an email as follows, "I would like to know where in the country you are? Also what prices for a bitch puppy." Yep, that is it, not even a name could be deemed from the email address it came from. Who says, "The art of conversation is dead?"
Firstly the email stinks a bit of dog dealer. Dog dealers have to pick up new breeding bitches, they trawl the internet for older bitches most of the time on the cusp of breeding, (as a quicker return from buying a bitch puppy), from poor unsuspecting pet homes, who may have to re-home a pet dog, due to change of circumstances, and unknowingly sell their loved pet in to the puppy farming fraternity. The bit, "prices for a bitch puppy." especially draws the eye. It's classic dog dealer speak. Not many of the general public would use the term "bitch puppy" when referring to sex of a puppy, and would be so sparse in asking about getting a puppy. most proffer their name, at least, if they are trying to acquire a puppy genuinely for a pet home. This person's only concern is how much it's going to cost to pick up the pup, and how much the pup is going to cost.
I may be wrong, and if I am, this person really needs to brush up on their interpersonal skills. I have a 10 point plan, when people contact me. It goes a bit like this:
1. Putting your name. Gets 1 point.
2. Addressing the email to me personally. 1 point, and infers you have actually read at least a couple pages of the website.
3. Not asking where we are. 1 point.
4. Not asking if we have any puppies now, or how much for a puppy. 1 point.
5. Not asking to go on a waiting list. 2 points.
6. Telling me you've read the website, and you understand I have no pups until 2018, and you just want to know a bit more about the litters we have planned in 2018, you are nearly in the door. 3 points.
7. And last but not least. Not a whiff of arse licking or offering extra or upfront remuneration to be sure of a pup off our next litter. "Bingo!" The last point. You have just amounted 10 points. You have just become, "someone of interest." Fingers crossed.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane!