Thursday, July 21, 2005
Pet PersonalsAs a literature major, a dream of mine (a rather geeky one, I admit) even from before I worked at an animal shelter was to write the "pet personals," or the Pet of the Week ads for the local paper. I thought of lots of cute and playful double entendres and even wrote a fake pet of the week ad to bring to an animal shelter at a job interview a few years ago. I wrote about a Single Orange Tabby Female seeking a longterm relationship who enjoys long walks to the kitchen, sleeping late and full body massages.
I currently write one of our Pet of the Week ads for the East Bay SPCA and am much more businesslike about it now. There are space limitations, so really just room for the facts: the animal's age, description and maybe a personality attribute-- loving belly rubs or ear scratches are always good ones to include (if they're accurate). I just have to settle for telling the clients who come in about our single orange tabbies hoping to meet that special someone.