Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cookie and Coco: Anatomy of an Internet Chain Email

We are once again getting a lot of hits over the saga of Cookie and Coco. They are two dogs that once needed to be adopted. They eventually were (in 2007, I believe.) But, the story won't die. You can read about our coverage of it here.

People keep forwarding this chain email around. Since our site comes up number two in Google, they find out the story from this website. Or at least a version of it. Someone told us it involved Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue. Snopes has it originating in California. Either way, the story is OLD.

So, next time you see one of these "forward this to everyone you know" emails, don't. Chances are, it's either a hoax or is so old it effectively is a hoax. Now if you get one from the brother-in-law of the recently deceased Finance Minister of Nigeria, that's probably real...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

and now it is going across New Zealand - probably again ...
I can't believe it is so old and you just presume the person who sent it to you knows the person with the dogs. How embarrassing.

I had to help the dogs ... next time I will include them in my 'be wary of' list :)
B