January 16th 2014 5:08 pm
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Gah, this is the worst news ever!!! As I look over at my gift boxes, I realize each of these gifts represent a brand new friend I have made here on Dogster!!! It is so sad to think that in just a few weeks my whole page with all my gifts and memories will all disappear, never to be seen again.
I hate when commerce bucks up against community. We ARE the community, and have been, in our case, since 2007, when I was but a pup. We have been thru good times, great times and terrible times of loss. All the while we KNEW we had friends on here, just a keystroke away, who could help make us feel better and actually BE better!!
Sadly, the community can't exist without the commerce to pay the bills. In this case, we feel we were used by the commerce, not as a part of them but as a means to enlarge their image and profits.
In the beginning the site was organized and maintained by people, not commerce, and was a GREAT site. Enough ads were sold to keep their heads above water, but alas, as the site grew so did the expenses and they were forced to sell three years ago to commerce.
We understood, and we were promised things would only get better with more modern advances and opportunities. Somehow, they never materialized and as things broke, they remained broken, in spite of promises from commerce to make them better.
I think we all saw the writing on the wall, in spite of two great people at HQ who did all they could to keep us going. Sadly, they were also made promises by commerce, and those promises were broken as well, which left them in a terrible spot...condemned by us and condemned by their bosses in commerce. They tried, and they have lost, just as we have lost.
We hope that someday, hopefully someday SOON, commerce will understand that THEY did not create this group of wonderful people, and that without us, they will ultimately lose the reputation the name Dogster/Catster now carries and without us members, that reputation is gone and the name Dogster/Catster will mean nothing.
After all, we AREN'T a name, we are PEOPLE united to promote our lives with our pets and that can't be stopped by their shutting us out!!!
Well said. Fully agree!!
This is not the end.
No two bit company ends anything for me.
Race you to the Snowdrops !!!
We hope you pups get a blog... we'd sure miss seeing all your pictures and reading about your camping trips and exploits...
Whitley and I have blogs... we've posted the websited addresses in our diaries...
Sad, sad day......
I have a blog - http://whitleywestie.blog spot.com (remove the space) and will be joining da Faceybooks too.
This was such a great site to see our photos and make friends and keep diary memories...... I will misss hearing about all you guys.....Too bad.....
We can't believe Dogster is disappearing either. But they can't kill the community. Everyfur who wants to will be able to keep in touch, and many are looking fur the pawfect place to hang our leashes. If they don't find it, they'll create it! Nothing will evfur replace Dogster, but even more, nothing will replace the relationships we've made here.