On one hand, I haven’t noticed much change in our lives since COVID-19. My mom normally works from home, and dad is still heading to the office. We are still going out to hike, walk, and run. On the other hand, I am keenly aware of people keeping their distance, and dogs stayed apart. One thing I know is we are all designed for connection, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share my Email Etiquette. We can stay in touch by using the tools at our disposal, like E-mail. Granted, I’m more familiar with P-Mail (you know, pee mail), but I think you will see how these tips might work for you. Here we go…
- Sniff thoroughly and completely before you respond. Do not rush to your point of view but rather fully receive the message in its entirety. Listen, don’t bark.
- When leaving your reply message, less is more. Leave them wanting to sniff more, I say! Keeping messages short keeps both parties engaged rather than a one-sided conversation.
- When a little drip will do, don’t drench the fire hydrant! Don’t get carried away and use up all your pee on one weed. Spread them out and save some for others.
- It’s okay to get excited and do your P-mail dance (I know I do), but don’t do it at the expense of someone else. In other words, be respectful and considerate of other’s feelings. We are all in this together!
- Sometimes the best reply at the fire hydrant is no reply at all. Don’t add insult to injury. Know when to walk away. Barking at a barking dog doesn’t resolve anything. The angry dog will just be madder, and you wasted energy.
- When you get a whiff of something offensive, keep in mind some dogs aren’t as fortunate. We are all being inconvenienced right now, but some dogs don’t have a family to care for them. Others may not have enough to eat. Be kind.
Those are my thoughts about how you might apply my Pawsitive P-mail strategies. For my canine friends, perhaps we can use texting to stay in touch.
Please remember the Dog Texting Code:
BOL = Bark out loud
OMDT = Over my dead toy!
HAW = Humans are watching
OMD = Oh my dawg!
TTTP = Talk to the paw
ROFB = Roll on floor barking
SMB = Smell my butt
With that, I encourage everyone to stay calm, do what you can, and remain grateful. I may not be seeing you out on the trail, but we can stay connected through my blog, Instagram and Facebook. Drop me a note and stay healthy!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!