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My buddy Dorsey Hill sent me a photograph this week, through the magic of wireless technology. I barely understand how a pocket knife works and couldn’t even operate a tin-can telephone when I was a kid, so I certainly don’t know how we can transfer e-mails through an iPhone — smart or not. But there it was. Right there on my screen. My buddy and the one and only Bubber — of Bubbers Bait Shop on Broad Street, an Athens institution when I was a student at the grand and glorious University of Georgia, back in the day.

Posting on social media is a great way to alert a wide range of people about a lost pet. Unfortunately, that same publicity can put you at risk for scams. Con artists comb social posts to find targets who have lost their beloved pets.