Check her teeth? Is there a horse joke in there I am missing?
That's exactly it. Personally I thought Cobaka
was being engaging in some "geek" humor, but Andrew
evidently thought it was serious, thus his response about checking teeth. Check her flanks while you're at it.
I have been reading recent posts and there seems to be a lot of negativity towards the sites now. I picked Elana's because people used to say it was a trusted site. Am I going about this all wrong?
Bear in mind that what follows is my own, parochial view. I could be way wrong.
The business used to be very diverse with some big players (AFA, Anastasia, European Connections). There were also some secondary players that were more specialized, IMO, including Elena's which had a good rep. If memory serves there was a change in ownership, and the rep slid for a while. No idea if it has recovered or not, as I don't use agencies, really.
At this point, the local agencies are on their last legs, unless they are aligned with the Last Agency Standing, which seems to be Anastasia. European Connections seems to have vanished and AFA, while still present, seems to not be as big, but that is only my general impression. Other folks are closer to the industry than I.
The business seems to have moved out of Russia and into Ukraine, and out to the 'stans, but Ukraine is the most westward-looking of the remaining markets and easiest for westerners to travel to.
Basically, if you're a "normal" you have a shot, but best to get the girl(s) away from the agency and establish direct communication, ASAP, in my rather jaundiced view.
Anyway, best of luck.