Saturday, April 20, 2013

Look what MY Furend BARB from OZ sent to us...

Furst........   We will PROBABLY  NOT be around until   Monday or Tues.   beclaws guess WHAT...   Sarge's Mom and Dad are coming to visit US...    So that THEY can go with US to the PetExpo  in Columbus.   We will get to see Sagira and Bokeh and maybe even little Tempest while there.    Sarge is going to    a  Pawlice Training  camp or something...          See you in a few days... 

BUTT before we go...   This is what Barb sent to us...  

A bit long but worth the read!

E-Mail Tracker Programs -- very interesting and a must read!

The man that sent this information is a computer tech. He spends a
Lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to
Complaints about speed. All forwards are not bad, just some. Be sure
You read the very last paragraph.
He wrote:
By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with snopes.Com
And/or truthorfiction.Com for determining whether information received
Via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are
Excellent sites.

Advice from snopes.Com VERY IMPORTANT!!
1) Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to '10' (or
However many) of your friends", "sign this petition", or "you'll get
Bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or "you'll see something funny on
Your screen after you send it" or whatever --- it almost always has an
Email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of
Those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each
Time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' email
Addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other Spammers. Even when
You get emails that demand you send the email on if you're not ashamed
Of God/Jesus ---that is email tracking, and they are playing on our
Conscience. These people don't care how they get your email addresses
- just as long as they get them. Also, emails that talk about a
Missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel
If that was your child" --- email tracking. Ignore them and don't

2) Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to
Others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to
Send business cards to the little kid in who wanted to break the
Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any
Of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking
Information for telemarketers and Spammers -- to validate active email
Accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your Friends and Family members a GREAT favor by sending
This information to them. You will be providing a service to your
Friends. And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam
Emails in the future!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(S) to those types of
Listing regardless how inviting they might sound! Or make you feel
Guilty if you don't! It's all about getting email addresses and nothing

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT!

Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly
A virus attached! Plus, we are helping the Spammers get rich! Let's
Not make it easy for them!
ALSO: Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress of any other
Organization - I.e. Social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions
Must have a "signed signature"and full address of the person signing
The petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the
Email trackers.

T ips for Handling Telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work!!

(1)The three little words are: 'Hold On, Please...'

Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of
Hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more
Time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear the phone company's 'beep-beep-beep'
Tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has
Efficiently completed its task.

These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting..

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other

This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and
Records the time of day when a person answers the phone.

This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a 'real'
Sales person to call back and get someone at home.

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there,
is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7
times as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the
call, and it kicks your number out of their system.. Gosh, what a shame
not to have your name in their system any longer!!!

(3) Junk Mail Help:

When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return
these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their
own junk mail away.

When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything
from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw
away the return envelope.

Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs
them more than the regular 44 cents postage, 'IF' and when they receive
them back.

It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around
50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In
that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it
in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney 's (60 minutes) ideas.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a
pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day,
then just send them their blank application back!

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on
anything you send them.

You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep
them guessing! It still costs them 44 cents.

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of
their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them.
Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best
of all they're paying for it...Twice!

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that
e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need
to increase postage costs again. You get the idea!

If enough people follow these tips, it will work I have been doing this
for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.

Barb was our FURST EVER furend from the Land Down Under (aka OZ).  She has Come ALL THAT WAY to OUR HILL to visit....     not ONCE but TWICE.         She cookered LAMB and made Bubble and Squeak and even brought  VEGEMITE fur us to taste.        
     Barb is Toby's Mom.   Toby doesn't have a Blog butt he is our furend anyway.   Toby is a King Charles Spaniel and a REAL Handsome guy... the wimmen of Blogville would go totally Squirrely over him.   
     THANKS Barb fur the very much Interesting Email AND fur being our FUREND.     
HUGS from our hill to you and Toby.   


Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Thanks, that was nice of Barb to send you that. We know most of that stuff. SHE just changed our phone number because of all the marketing calls. We now have a silent that isn't given out.

Have a Fantastic Time with Sarge and his peeps. Who's minding the crabby girls?

XXXOOO Daisy, bella & Roxy

Lovable Lily said...

Sarge is gonna have the best time coming to see you and Ernie. I bet you have lot's of fun stuff planned to do while he is there.

We've seen some of the pawsome hints before. We always use the one where you just lay the phone down and walk away. We didn't know about pressing the numbers when a machine calls.

Mommy REALLY likes the idea of sending the mail back! She said maybe she would put a picture of us in there so at least the poor schmuck who has to open all that mail would get a smile outta it.

Thanks for those really great tips.

Have a great weekend.

Lily Belle

Lovable Lily said...

p.s. Mommy is SUCH a 'Tard! She just totally missed the part about Sarge going to Pawlice Training and NOT to your house.

I will give her 30 lashes for not paying attention this morning.

Anonymous said...

OMD, you are gonna have so much fun this weekend!!! Say hello to Sarge for us!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing those. Have a super Saturday. See you soon.
Best wishes Molly

GOOSE said...

Hahahha MOM likes to just set the phone down and go about doing house stuffs. But we don't get meaning of those calls since we only have the cell phone. Enjoy the pet expo. If you see Tempie's older sister Starr give her a nose poke for me.

GizmoGeodog said...

I ask phone solicitors for their number and promise to call them right back...It usually confuses them and they hang up...

Sketching with Dogs said...

Gahhhh, those emails they are are such a pain. Some good ideas there, ha.
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Bunk said...

Firstly, have a great time at the pet expo! Secondly, thanks for the advice! I keep getting so many marketing calls and TONS OF JUNK EMAIL! This summer, one of mom's missions is to escape from all the junk email by reporting them as spam!

Murphy said...

Very good information fur sure! Have a fun time with Sarge's humans. We're going to be MIA too we think. Mom just painted the kitchen and mudroom and she is getting ready to do the living room/hall/stairway. She says she hates painting, oops she said to put that in caps, HATES painting and these big projects are miserable. Me and Stanley hate them cuz we get lonely.

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Mr Frankie, grreat tips for the e mail and postal stuffs. Our Dad works for the Post Office and we want to keep him busy for a couple more years till he retires hehe. Enjoy your visit to the Expo mates. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory
P.S. Don't forget, when you have vegemite you have to spread it very very thin with lots of butter then it's heaps yummy.

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

OMD - mum is so gonna use the "Hold on please" one.....BOL! And she is ALSO gonna press the hashy key too! That Barb is smart. Mum wants to say that she would visit you too if only she could consider sitting in a plane for that long - how she hates planes!!

Have a lovely time with Sarge and his peeps!

Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

Duke said...

We're sending this to our gram! She's one that's always passing on every single email that she gets!
Thanks Frankie and Ernie!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Pippa Sheltie said...

That's really good! I hope it works here though!
We get silent calls, and once a salesman actually came to MY house, and stayed with MY peeps for FIVE HOURS, trying to sell a rip-off bed!
(note from Eve: Pippa actually liked him very much and was licking him and wagging her tail, her humans told me)
note from Pippa: do not listen to that girl, she is only trying to embarrass me!

Have a great week!
Pippa :)

Sagira said...

It was fun seeing you guys. :)

Dexter said...

Those are all awesome tips. Even if they don't slow down the flow of junk, they will give momma a happy feeling. I'm going to help her go through her junk mail right now.

You know what? My Grandma used to save all her junk mail in a drawer. Then she would stuff the return envelopes with as much other junk as possible to make them really heavy and expensive. Go Granny!