February 8th 2014 9:06 am
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First the bad news: Folks on the Dogster forums groups discovered that the archives would not work when they had no Internet connection. That implied that the download would stop working once Dogster shut down.
THE GOOD NEWS: Dad has updated his blog with new scan rules. The new scan rules mean the gift archive now works. Thumbnails in photo comments now work. Badges can be retrieved. And much more. We would like to thank the many Dogster and Catster members that have verified these new scan rules work. These scan rules can also be used on Catster now. This has been a very steep learning curve for all and it could not have been done without the help of these Dogster and Catster members. Our memories of Dogster are very important to us and we hope these new scan rules will help others preserve their memories.
Please share the link to daddy's blog so that others can retrieve their memories.
Thank you in advance.
January 25th 2014 12:28 pm
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I am so honored to have been chosen the Dog of the Day today on Dogster. The momma's eyes started watering and her nose started sniffling as she told daddy I was dog of the day.
Thank you so much to all the wonderful pups that have sent rosettes and pawmails to me. Mom is slowly going through them all, but again, her eye windows keep leaking.
Daddy has been busy updating his blog with information on how to get your Dogster stuff before the shut down. Daddy posted an update today that should help people get their videos off of Dogster. Sorry, he cannot figure out how to get it to work so that you can see the comments associated with the rosettes and stars.
Here is a link to daddy's blog and please feel free to share the link far and wide:
We have really enjoyed being part of the Dogster community for all these years and are very sad to see it coming to an end. For now mom has started a blog for Buddy: http://buddysbeat.blogspot.ca/
Thank you again for this honor of being Dog of the Day on Dogster. Thank you to my pup pals for the friendship and compassion you have shown to us over the years. We have some very beautiful memories of our time here. Until next time.
January 17th 2014 3:13 pm
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Buddy and I have an abundance of zealies and we would like to share. If anyone would like to give some last minutes gifts on Dogster and you don't have enough zealies, please let us know. We would love to help you out.
January 16th 2014 2:42 pm
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It is a very sad for those of us who daily came to the Dogster site as today we found out the site is closing effective March 3.
There have been many changes to the site in the years we have been members and I guess the writing has been on the wall for a while, but actually hearing the announcement came as such as shock.
We came to the Dogster community a few years ago and made many friends on this amazing site. We shared each others happiness at a new furbaby, laughed at the antics of each others furbabies and cried when one of our community made the journey to the Bridge. We will truly miss this site.
We are on Facebook and if any of you would like to keep in contact with us via that site, please pawmail us your user name.
We will keep active on Dogster right up to the end and are very saddened by this decision.
January 12th 2014 1:03 pm
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I LOVED YOU BEST
So this is where we part, My Friend,
and you'll run on, around the bend,
Gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you'll surely find.
I will go on, I'll find the strength,
life measures quality, not it's length.
One long embrace before you leave,
share one last look, before I grieve.
There are others, that much is true,
but they will be they, and they aren't you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
I'll remember all you've taught.
Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,
the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
take with you this... I loved you best.
Not a day goes by we don't think of you sweet girl. We love you and we miss you and we are thinking of you today on your second birthday at the Bridge. Rest easy, Abbykins.
December 18th 2013 6:44 am
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'Twas the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too.
We Bridgekids were thinking as always of you.
We'd seen how the holidays weren't bright this year,
Heard you whisper so often, "I wish you were here!"
We know how you wish you could just stay in bed
And sleep through the holiday lying ahead,
When all celebrate with their loved ones so near...
Unless they have loved ones on this side this year.
But we're no less alive here, on the other side.
If you could just see us, you'd've laughed and not cried.
The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh.
The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way.
The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow,
Bound homeward in spite of Earth's darkness and snow.
All the pets that you've lost, pets for whom you've cried,
Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side.
If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet's around,
Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound,
We're trying to tell you we're visiting this way,
And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day.
But for Christmas we have something special to do,
A sleighful of happy dream visits for you.
On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret!
The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it!
We're fetching that love home, the way we once played,
With the closeness we shared and the memories we made.
Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too,
And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do.
So all through this night as you sleep in your beds,
Sweet visions of furbabies dance in your heads.
This one special night we can bring you Home for a while,
Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile.
Over the rainbow you'll fly, for a short while this night,
Hours that you'll be happy, hours that will feel right,
Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play,
Before the return to Earth in our magic way.
And when you awaken and face Christmas Day,
We pray you'll remember your trip on our sleigh,
But in case you forget, just remember our love.
Remember us watching you, your angels above.
Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright,
Love that will guide you through the darkest night,
Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year,
Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer.
Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridgekids bring dreams,
Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems
When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes.
If you saw as we do, there'd be joy and surprise.
There are furangels waiting by those Christmas trees,
Always there for you and hearing your pleas.
We're never more than a thought away from your home,
You're never forgotten, you're never alone.
Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends.
We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends,
And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve,
We Bridgekids will party like you'd never believe.
But we'll slip away often to be by your side.
Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide,
Praying you'll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too.
But whether or not you see us - Merry Christmas to you!
(With thanks to C. Morgan - 2007)
December 10th 2013 5:56 am
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Thank you to my Secret Santa for the beautiful rosettes. I am keeping a close eye on everyone down there, and helping Santa make his naughty and nice list. I don't think I will try to figure out who my Secret Santa is, but thank you so much! Hugs!!
November 22nd 2013 5:49 am
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Thank you Dogster for giving me one of the Daily Diary Picks today! I am very honored. No need to send rosettes pups, but bones are always appreciated.
A number of pups have asked mom about the memorial wreath in my last diary entry. Our vet started this annual event a couple of years ago. There are a number of wreaths throughout the veterinary clinic during the holiday season. Our vet's office holds their annual "Forever in our Hearts" meeting, and then, those wanting, can decorate an ornament to place on a wreath in memory of their pet. If you cannot get down to the office, you just need to contact the clinic and they will decorate and place an ornament in memory of your pet. At the end of the holiday season, you are asked to pick up your ornament. A number of people do, but if you choose, you can leave your ornament there. We think it is a wonderful tradition that our vet has started.
Thanks again, Dogster for the honor and thanks everyone for reading my diary!
November 19th 2013 11:43 am
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Mom took Buddy to the vet yesterday to have his Bordetella vaccine brought up to date. While there the office staff showed mom the memorial wreath that they had up in the office and then gave mom an ornament and asked her to place it on the wreath for me.
Mom was quite touched by this and did her best with decorating the ornament. She took a nice picture of it to show daddy when she got home.
Thanks mom and Buddy and the awesome staff at my vet's for remembering this old girl.
November 12th 2013 2:34 pm
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Thanks to the awesome work of the Dogster Watch Dog we now have our Dogster Plus back!!
The Watch Dog was also generous and gave us a bunch of zealies to play with. Oh, Buddy and I are gonna have fun with those!
Thanks again Watch Dog and Dogster!!
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