10-02-2006, 07:57 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Wanted: Home for Terrorist Puppies
Not what you might think... terrors indeed, not terrorists. Creative wording just might get them adopted?
Ad Seeks Home for Puppies Described As 'Twin Rat Terrorists... Adorable, Full of Fun'
Story in full so no need to visit link.
By JIM FITZGERALD
CORTLANDT, N.Y. Oct 2, 2006 (AP)— Describing abandoned puppies as "terrorists" in a classified ad doesn't seem like a good way to get them adopted. Unless you're in the animal-rescue world of Paula Young.
Young, director of Mount Vernon's animal shelter, learned last month that four rat terrier pups were about to be euthanized in New York City. So she swooped in, picked them up and brought them to her five-acre spread in Westchester County. Then she called The Journal News and ordered a two-week, three-line ad that says, "Twin Rat Terrorists; 11 months, adorable, full of fun."
You don't often see "terrorist" and "adorable" in the same description, but Young said she was just being honest.
"They can be little terrors," she said of the 8- to 12-pound, white-butterscotch-and-black short-haired terriers named Jack, Jackie, Milo and Dino, who were playing happily on a second-story deck on a recent morning and were perfectly friendly toward a visitor.
Don't be fooled by those sweet-looking faces and silky ears: Their fierce hunting instincts are likely to terrify any prey.
"If you're wearing a pair of slippers that look like bunnies, they'll think it's the greatest thing in the world and they'll attack them," warned Young.
"And they're very energetic. Jack jumped off that deck to greet me the other day."
Young said she advertised the little terrors by twos because people would be more likely to adopt two than four. And as of Monday she had found a home for just one Jack, who was adopted by a woman and her 11-year-old daughter in Piermont.
When Young placed the ad, the woman taking down the copy balked at "terrorist."
"She said, `You mean terrier?' I said, `No.' She said, `You really want to say that?' I said, `Yes.'"
Young said she's from a military family, didn't think the word "terrorist" would offend anyone and saw nothing wrong with using it to attract attention.
Attract it did.
Young said that since Sept. 21, when the ad first appeared in the paper and online, she had received about 75 calls. Some were just interested in adopting the dogs; some mentioned al-Qaida or the Irish Republican Army; and a man named Todd called from Colorado to say, "I loved your ad about the twin rat terrorists. We just put it up on the refrigerator."
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