January 24th 2014 12:02 pm
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ZANEY PANEY BARKDAY SPECIAL CARD FROM US ALL
HIS ID IS: 1290580
DROP IN AND WISH HIM A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
SORRY, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO A LIVE LINK?????????
MAY THIS BE THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!!!
ZANE IS 1 TODAY....HE IS HEAD PUP AT
PUPS AND PURRS! HE KEEPS US ALL LAUGHING,
PLAYING AND ENJOYING EACH OTHER!!!!
WE LOVE YOU LITTLE PAL....
HUGGIES AND KISSIES,MAZY
January 23rd 2014 10:45 am
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HOWDY PALS-Thank you for all the pressies,pmails
and networking information shared. Thank you for
all the Fun and Good times had in our groups. The
joys of sharing our lives through our diaries.
The wonderful journey, the last 4 years has taken
our pack on. The furiends we've made, we will
We are scurrying here and there...To connect with
other furpals through Dogster and Catster Friends
started by the Amazing Fizzy and Rudy! They've
accomplished so much,in such a small amount of time.
So that we can gather together and stay connected.
We thank you from the bottom of our Hearts for
all the hard work. So many pals have registered
The other place we have found many pals is
http://www.petster.com. Saying that, we have
registered at both places.
We also set up a furbox for e-mails to come
to our house. If you want this addy, pmail
us and we will sent it too you. We needed a
box that has nothing but our fur stuff....
So we don't have to wade through business
mails and such. We try to answer all mails
If you are trying to save your furs stuff
our pals Buddy and Angel Abby's Daddy has
a quick way to do this. The link for the
info is here: http://madscientistlabs.blogspot.
COPY AND PASTE IT and you will be on
your way. Thanks Daddy K.,you are a genius!
Now we like to say: When things are Tough,
the Tough get Going! We REFUSE to be like
Prairie Sand Thrown Into The Wind! We've
decided we REALLY AREN'T DOGSTER ORPHANS
cuz, we have found and connected with many
Pawtastic Dogsters and Catsters. As a Group
FURS: WE ARE NOT ORPHANS! We have EACH OTHER!
The Journey we are on will makes us Stronger
than before. We will find a new home...We
are amazed at how Everyone has rallied to
Help each other. This is the TRUE SPIRIT
BEHIND DOGSTER AND CATSTER. So we will
continue to hang here until the very last
day. While we hang out at the other places
We Will Enjoy the Present,Embrace the Future
and Remember Fondly the Past 4 years. Like
everyone,we ran a gambit of Emotions,when
the news of the shutdown arrived. Now We
Will Persevere...My old Grandma looked
at options,while I ran under the bed to
She wouldn't let me stay there,cuz, I
needed to be out here pawing and playing
with my pals! She says, it is funny,4 yrs.
ago...she found dogster by accident! I
was a precocious little doxie. Giving her a
run for her money! She had time on her hands
as she was healing up from back surgery.
She was intimated by Dogster Plus,but furs
came from every corner to welcome us. They
Helped us find our way...Now, as we shutdown
she will have extra time once again. An
unexpected surgery is scheduled for next week.
The Dr. says: NO WORKIE!!!! She can cook
for us,that is the only thingy Gpa and I
worried about. OUR FOOD and TUMMIES!!!
WE THINK,WE WILL LEARN ALOT WHILE SHE CAN
BE A FULL-TIME DOGATARY!!!!! Lunch is calling
me....Catch ya later, Mazy
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 16th 2014 1:50 pm
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Today we are announcing some changes at Dogster and Catster. While the Dogster and Catster sites will continue to exist as daily magazines that serve the worldwide community of dog and cat families, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that we will be closing the Community areas of the sites effective March 3. This means that members of the Dogster Community will no longer be able to see Pet Profiles, Forums, Groups, Answers, Local Listings, Photo Galleries, Games, Quizzes, Adoption, Dog of the Day, Diary Central, the Gift store, and the Community homepage past that date.
I am no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of Dogster and Catster, but I am writing this to you as one of the founders, as one of the developers who built the features of the sites, as the first community manager, and as a member (Trouble, Porter). Ten years of my life have been about Dogster and Catster and I’ve invested a lot of time, money, sweat and tears. It’s been a great ride and I have no regrets. But all good things must come to an end.
We originally created Dogster because there was no place on the internet to share the joy of having a dog or a cat member of the family. There was no place to share tips on taking care of the furry ones. There was no place on the internet to support each other in times of turmoil, sickness and journeys to the rainbow bridge. We, and I truly mean “we” in the community sense, created this space. We’ve made great friends, told inspiring stories, helped many pets find their furever homes. It was a great success and something I will remember and take pride in for the rest of my life.
That said, 10 years on the Internet is forever. There have been massive changes in the industry -- Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist when we started Dogster and Catster. Finding advertisers and developing those relationships was simpler and revenues were easier to come by in the early days. The backend technologies that power websites have been revolutionized three times over since then. It’s amazing to me that the sites we developed in 2004 and 2005 have lasted this long. But, as every regular user knows, the community areas aren’t working like they used to. Features are broken. Spammers are relentlessly invading our forums. The dog house and cat tree are starting to crumble.
SAY Media is a great company. Their hearts are in the right spot. There was a lot of pressure from financial and strategic points of view to close down the community areas of the sites three years ago. But since the sites were holding up and people loved them, they continued to keep these areas up even though it was at a cost.
At the end of the day, our parent company is all about creating great editorial brands. As the community features on Dogster and Catster degrade, as users become unsatisfied, it amplifies the fact that the Dogster and Catster community sites are not aligned with Say’s mission. It seems unwise to continue to operate them at a loss while aggravating users. Please believe us when we say we’ve gone through every possible option. Could we invest more in revamping the sites? Could we spin them off into their own or another entity? Could we leave them as is and slowly see them degrade further? The answer was “no” to all of these. We just cannot find a way that is honorable to the community, true to the business, and in good conscience.
I know many of you will be upset. I know many of you will think this is the wrong call. We’re truly sorry for that. Sometimes putting something you love to rest, while difficult, is the right thing to do. That is what we must do now with the community areas of our sites. Thank you for being the best community ever.
Co-founder, Dogster and Catster
VP of Product, Say Media
The Next Steps
If you have purchased a Plus subscription or zealies in the past 60 days, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to be refunded. We will do our best to refund you within a week of your request.
Dogster and Catster HQ will be on hand at the All-Paws group. We invite you to join the conversation and come to us with any questions over there. We’re sad too, and we’re here to listen and help as best we can.
We unfortunately don’t have export functionality to help you preserve your pet pages, but we encourage you to save your photos and diary entries before March 3, when they will be taken offline.
As always, you can reach us with questions, comments and concerns at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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January 3rd 2014 4:03 pm
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Christmas and New Year's have come and gone...
We have a brand new year unfolding in front of us!
We started making lists of things to do inside
that aren't done during the growing season.....
Like wash all the comforters,afghans and blankets.
Gotta stay busy and away from those cookie jars!
Gma said, her skinny jeans are startin' to feel a
little tight. Should be on the treadmill and
elliptical units everyday.... Haven't been on
them at all,since Gma's hip seems to be objecting!
This bizarre,crazy weather pattern is making things
real tough,on man and beast! Today was our warmest day
this week. It made 34 by 4p. Absolutely no sunshine,
it sprinkled rain and made things slick....Now we
will fight with ice. By Saturday sometime,we will
be way below Zero again!(predicting -22 to -25)
Here's the kicker, by Sunday it will be -52!!!!!!
This is NOT A TYPO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Swing the temps.
80 degrees in less than 36 hrs., NO Wonder Gma's
old body can't settle down and stay there......
We are surprised that all cattle are not sick!
This roller coasting is very tough on man or beast!
Of course rarely gettin' outside, I want extra
treats too!!!! Gma stopped at the library today.
Brought home 16 more novels. Gotta a feeling, we
are going to read alot in January....I like hoggin'
half the moist heat-pad.....so I can stay toasty!
It's all good!
Gma told Gpa what she wouldn't give to have to mow
the grass...layin' dormant under the snow! She said,
the house is shrinkin' already! He laughed and told
her,she could get the mower out and mow snow......
She wasn't laughin'!
Saturday-sun was shining but it was -20 with windchill.
I-94 had been cleaned so off they made,zip trip to
Bismarck. Gpa bought the new generator(so we are in
good shape, if we have extended power outages). The
loading dock was long and icy....There was a semi-
trailer already parked there with store freight on it.
Gpa hasn't gotten used to the extra length of the truck.
Gma had already sized up the slope and ice of the area.
Gpa went back into the store and ask if they could carry
it to the truck???? It was a big purchase, so the guys
didn't mind at all. Gpa told them, Gma there, will
blow a fuse if we dent or ding this truck. Adding that
he had just got it. One of the guys said," take her out
to dinner and it would be all forgotten" Gpa said,
that wouldn't begin to defuse her....this is our
retirement truck.... He He! Those young guys,thought
this sweet lookin' older lady, couldn't possible have
a temper. In her defense,she has a very long fuse....
but if she blows, take cover!
Gotta go...We're cleaning oven and doing laundry.
So we don't think about the COLD so much...
I want to sneak around to all my groups and see
what's happening....Gma has a new novel to start.
Hugs and Kisses, Mazy
December 28th 2013 10:22 am
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First I'd like to thank ALL my pals for the beautiful
Christmas cards,p-mails and greetings. Thank you for all
the pretty Holiday rosies on our furs pages.
As to Holiday mail: the totals were: Gma and Gpa 30 mails.
Mazy and fur pack 70 mails.... The FURS WIN! The furs must
say all the beautiful fur pictures are just Pawtastic!
Now,I need to find a scrapbook dogatary to make books
out of our mail from the last 3 years. Well,maybe I'll
have to wait until Gma and Gpa get the retiring thingy
Let me tell you,we are having a very bitter winter here.
We are trapped in a roller coaster cycle of: blasting arctic
cold fronts,followed by 1 or 2 days of fair winter weather.
Then occasionally 1 nice day...Yesterday was the day!
It was 43 and some snow was slushy and could be removed
from the patio. Today the new bitter front rolled in.
Temperatures fell all day and we are at -1 right now.
State wind advisory out and windchill is about -25.
Monday it was -30 and Christmas day it was 25 above.
Going to be a very long haul to green grass again!
The weather is keeping Gma shot into the Twilight Zone!
MY BIG CHRISTMAS SURPRISE IS: Gpa and Gma bought a 2013
New Ford Pickup. It is Ruby Red,4x4,towing mirrors and
4 doors. The 2nd. seat is all for ME!!!!!! So many bells
and whistles.....Gpa is gonna have to study the book!
Looks like a jet plane cockpit with all the lights,
gauges and knobs. Even a camera built into it. So
hooking up to tow will be easier. This is Step 1 of
their retirement plan. Here's a picture of Mazy's
New Truck. Remember, it's all mine! The Princess lets
Gma clean stuff and Gpa pay the bills. In the future
we will be looking at travel homes to pull with
the truck. Gpa's job, will be to get Gma and I out
of the winter weather.....Gma now has Hope that in
the future,she will not spend winter in North Dakota.
2013 FORD RUBY RED PICKUP
Picture taken Christmas Day
All MY News from the Prairie
Hugs and Kisses,Mazy
December 24th 2013 10:25 am
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This weekend was so exciting for me. As you may know,
packages have been arriving at my house forever! Or so
Every package LOOKED interesting and I thought,I spied
my name on them???? I could never get a good look and
Gma swooped them up and put them in the pantry. Why
the pantry???????? A door I can't open, of course!!!!!
Friday rolled around,I got to open 2 packages. I was
so excited,I just went nutz! The camera was out.....
Wrapping was all over the place! I had so much FUN!
On Saturday, 2 more boxes came out...Yippy! This is
pawsome...New stuff to play with during all this
miserable sub-zero weather....
I really gave grandma a work-out! She followed me
here and there,flashing the camera,while I ran!
I gotta tell you, she took alot of pictures...
She ended up with about 60 pictures,mostly of my
BUTT! As I whiz past her....giggles! Payback for
making me wait for very llloooonnnngggg to open
Gma is posting 1 picture of my pressies from four
Secret Santas, because I wore her out! I have 3
new little BoBo's. A blue boy,pink gal and a red
Santa paws one. A girl reindeer with stretchy legs
and a scarf. A bee hive with 3 bees. A bigger stuffie
reindeer. 4 Kong gel squeakie toys: beaver,pig,frog
and a bear. A tail teaser toy.(It's a long pole with
a stuffie on the end to chase)A big bag of replacement
squeakers so Gma can put new ones in other toys.
2 bags of dental bones to keep my toophers clean.
We had never seen the Kong Gel Toys or a Tail Teaser.
They are very COOL and have me exercising like
summer time. Actually the tail teaser, works Gma as
much as it works me. She says, we won't have cookie
butts by spring time! Thank you Secret Santa's for
all the wonderful toys. I even tried to take a bunch
to bed with us, the last 2 nights...I kept tellin'
Gma a Grinch might show up????? I needed to guard
my new babies. Just to be on the safe side.
We also want to thank Everyone for their beautiful
Christmas cards. Now, I need a 2nd. dogatary to make
a scrapbook just for me. I have 3 years of dogster
valuables in a box.
Gma made a donation to our animal shelter in my name.
So the pups there can have blankets,toys and plenty
of food. I pray for them all to be adopted very soon.
Tomorrow and Wednesday,Gma and Gpa will be with the
children and grandchildren. I'll see them part of the
day. I guess, I can't go bowling with the furmily...
Must be cuz, I don't have a ball and paw shoez?
It's o.k.,cuz tomorrow is going to be a very very
cold day! I'll curl up with my toys,nap a little
and wait patiently for their return. I always have
extra treats when they come home.
I HAD 4 SECRET SANTAS
PUPS AND PURRS SECRET SANTA
RR GROUP SECRET SANTA 2013
FROM MY HOUSIE ON THE PRAIRIE TO YOUR HOUSIE....
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
HUGS AND KISSES,MAZY
December 18th 2013 3:13 pm
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HEY PALS- DO YOU KNOW ANGEL ABBY AND BUDDY????
THEY HAVE POSTED THE BEST CHRISTMAS STORIES. IF YOU
HAVEN'T SEEN THEM IN THEIR DIARIES...CHECK THEM OUT!
BETTER HAVE A TISSUE HANDY! THEY ARE JUST WONDERFUL.
BOTH STORIES ARE DIFFERENT.....
HERE'S WHERE YOU WILL FIND THEM:
As for the Prairie, it warmed to 40 above today.
Nicest day since before Thanksgiving. Gma and I
went outside and walked around. My sweater belly
was even full of icy snow. Maybe today will crust
the snow,so I won't sink in?????? We walked a
1/3 mile and my paws were cold,so we came inside.
Gma gave me my Christmas bath. I didn't even mind,
since I got the blow-dryer all to myself! I danced
and begged and yodeled last night for Gma to share
the dryer while drying her hair. She wouldn't hold
it on me until..she was done! I thought her hair
looked fine..as a wet,stringy mop! I was chilly!
Doesn't the Princess come 1st.???? Gma said, not
always.....When I was done with my bath and drying,
I had a small milk-bone for a snack.
Yesterday we baked Monster Mini Chip Cookies.
Tomorrow we make Chocolate Chip Cookies. Then
all the baking is done,except the buns. We will
do them on the 24th. Our furmily has Christmas
on the 25th.
We packed a box of baked goodies,some salsa and
pickles for our mail carrier today. Gpa delivered
it for us. We have another box to deliver this week.
Gma said, this weekend I can open all my
Secret Santa packages. I'm so excited,I can
hardly wait. Gma wants to take pictures,while
I rip and shred the wrapping. A couple groups
have a party to announce who was your Santa.
Put up pictures of your pressie....I had so
much FUN last year...I signed up to do it again!
Gotta go and start Gma's oven. Enchiladas going
in there to bake. While they bake, I eat my
kibbles. Then after they eat,I have my meatz!
We will end the day with stuffie playtime...
The heat-pad and a library book. Now,I manage
to make sure I have my butt on the corner of
the heat-pad. Gma's hip is ugly tonight, after
tromping in the snow with me. I'll give her
See ya later, mazy
December 16th 2013 3:36 pm
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FINALLY A BREAK IN THE SUB-ZERO EXTENDED WEATHER.
I got to go outside yesterday and today for about
10 minutes. I wore a heavy sweater,but my paws get
cold! I won't wear anything on my paws....
It made 35 today for a little while. Sunshine about
1/2 the day. Suppose to be very breezy the next
couple days. Then back to a major deep freeze!
I'm so enjoying all the mail from pals. I nipped
Gma in the heels to hang it all up on the windows
in the kitchen. I lay in my toasty bed and look
at all the beautiful cards,while she works.....
She has 2 batches of cookies left to make. The 24th.
she will do some buns for the furmily. We did 1/2
our big cleaning today. Will finish at the end of the
week. My hooman brother will be in ND on Sunday.
He and his sister bought Gpa a fancy TV. Gpa and
Gma still have all old fashioned TV's. He's the
techy in the furmily...So he has to set it all up
for Gpa. Make sure everything works right while
he is here.
Gpa went after a trailer of corn for the cattle
this afternoon. His pickup quit on him. 2 friends
split the 10 miles and towed him home. He thinks
it is a fuel filter. He has 1 to put on. Thank
goodness people up here stop and help you!Gpa
has to go help work cattle tomorrow. Our friend
who had the major, major back surgery can not
do that stuff for another 9 weeks. Keeping our
fingers crossed that it heals well.
Not much else going on around here. We work,eat
and sleep...Then we start all over again.....
I make a stink,if they don't stop long enough
to play a little with me....
We want to wish all our pals a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR....
hugs and kisses,mazy
December 7th 2013 9:13 am
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The last 2 days, Mysterious packages have been
arriving at my house....Of course, I was ALL Excited!
Since dogster, I CLAIM ALL SAID PACKAGES
The 1st. evening, Gpa brought the mail. Bills and junk!
But what's this? A small package with no address return.
My name is on this package....I spied it, before Gma
run off and put it away!
Hey, bring that back here! That's mine! Gma said, NO!
You'll wait until Christmas to open this! Why wait????
Cuz, you have a Secret Santa and I don't know who it
is???? So, I say, let's open it and FIND OUT! No dice!
She wasn't buying that thinking....
Yesterday, a BIG UPS TRUCK...slides on the snow covered,
ice as it turns in my circular driveway. This lady,
brings a HUGE big box to the house...All right! LOOK
at the size of that box! Let me at it!!!!
Gpa puts the box up against the loveseat in the sunroom.
Gma says, what did you buy Gpa????? He said,I didn't
buy anything! The box said, it was a new fangled TV.
So Gpa thought Great Gma used her TV box to mail our
Christmas. She had just got a new TV from Gma's sister.
Gma bought Great Gma a new recliner.
Gma says, NOPE! It has a Best Buy Invoice on it...All
this time, I'm being pushed away! While trying to sniff
and inspect my mystery box... The packing slip said,
ordered online and shipped from store.
Gma tries to call the human children. Nobody is HOME!
So she calls Best Buy and they take all the info. and
look up the TV. Gma said, it's possible that 1 of the
kids ordered this???? Gives kids names to the lady...
Well number 1 and only son,ordered this on Cyber Monday.
Mystery solved! Mazy gets a new TV to watch. Now the
snacks better improve for me to spend time in the living
room watching TV! After all the draw to the bedroom is
Gma's moist heatpad. Little by little I'm learning to
HOG more and more of it!
This morning,I found out the TV came from both kids...
I want to know why Gpa opened his pressie and my was
put away????????? Is that fair????????? Besides, he
can't do anything with it....The techy kid has to
install and set it up for him. So, it sits in box,
Well, this at least made the sub-zero days interesting.
I also received a couple pieces of mail. Gma laid them
aside,so we could work on packaging fudge. So, if it
has to be so cold.....I have the deliveries to LOOK
See ya later,
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL,
December 5th 2013 9:43 am
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Santa Paws, I are very ssssooooooooorrrrrrrryyyyyy!
I didn't mean to pick the hole in the back of the
gingerbread house...Really,I didn't! It looked so
yummy and I was so bored in the snow storm...I just
couldn't help my naughty self!
I PROMISE TO BE GOOD,NOW...UNTIL CHRISTMAS!PLEZ, DON'T
LEAVE ME COAL IN MY STOCKING! I'LL LEAVE EXTRA HAY FOR
THE REINDEER...LOTS OF FUDGE AND COOKIES FOR YOU....
The Sun is shining this mornin' and the snow storm is
over. It was -7F last night and is 3F now. The windchill
for today is to range from -25 to -40. Ucky! I won't
be puttin' my paws outside today,either!
I'll go curl up in my bed and stay toasty...Gma will
make Your Fudges for you. I LOVE YOU SANTA PAWS!
MAZY CAUGHT PICKING A HOLE IN GINGERBREAD HOUSE
huggies and kisses,mazy
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