It was only 10 o'clock on Monday morning, but I was already feeling pretty full of myself.
I had read about how thousands of stray dogs in Sochi, Russia had been rounded up and destroyed, and about how a few compassionate people were building primitive shelters to save as many others as possible from the poison darts a pest control company was using to kill them.
I'd be a single point of light.
I'd contact one of the volunteers at a shelter and, right-quick, she'd load one onto a plane to JFK. In fact, she'd send the exact dog I'd seen in a photo -- a beautiful gray, white and black female with a long shaggy coat. I had already named her -- Louie -- after my grandfather Louis, also a mutt, who hightailed it out of Russia around 1905 after service in the czar's army, and never looked back, never spoke anything but English, and referred to himself as "a Yankee, just like my father before me."
The news story directed me to Vlada at email@example.com.
Dear Vlada, Congratulations on the incredible work you are doing. We are interested in adopting one of your dogs.
Here is some background information that will help with selecting a dog who will be happy in our home.
We live in New York, on Long Island, on the Long Island Sound (like a big river, leading out to the ocean). Our property is about one acre, or .4 hectares. My wife and I have four grown children, all living on their own. We have always had large dogs -- Akitas, Labrador Retrievers and, now, a female Leonberger who is very large and very friendly. She loves other dogs. We will be able to give your dog everything he/she needs -- food, medical care, attention and kind treatment.
Looking at the dogs on your website, one like the dog on the upper right looks like one that would be ideal, provided he/she is friendly and healthy. We would also consider a puppy, but I'm assuming that more people are interested in puppies, so that taking an adult would be of greater benefit to your efforts to find homes for as many dogs as possible.
Please let me know how we should proceed.
I accept congratulations all-around, for being so worldly as to know to express the size of our lot in hectares, for being sensitive enough to anticipate that Vlada wouldn't know what a Sound was (like a big river), and for painting such a clear and compelling picture of my life that it would be a big draw on Match.com.
Within minutes, I received Vlada's return email. Sender: владислава викторовна.
Hello, thank you for your intrestes and support,of course we can send you our dog and we will be happy,if our dogs find home.it is pretty/you can send me photo dog,what you want? i dont undarstand what dog?on weekend we make new photo dogs and you can lokk,i can send you?thank you so much Vlada and I exchange exciting emails:
Vlada: dog what you send me in small photo/This dog?