January 18th 2014 3:30 am
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My pups first joined Dogster in January 2005. Shortly after, I read Dogster had been nominated for a Webby Award--an award for excellence on the Internet presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Dogster WON the 2005 Webby category for best Community site. Best Community site. Not best magazine, not best newsletter, not best blog... the best COMMUNITY site.
The Chicago Crew, aka WINston XXLP, Remo the Red, HoneyBunny & LuckyLucy, went on to become the Chicago Crew of Angels. The support received from this Community during their various illnesses/passings, the Power of the Paw, the positive Karma, the love... priceless.
The loss of this Community is Say Media's loss. The Community will live on. Already groups are cropping up on Facebook, some taking the name of the forum or group from this Community. Come find us. Do a search for the tag "Dog" or "Dogster". Come and play. Our Community will never die...
Hey, fellow Dogsters!
Remember how many times we almost crashed the servers while throwing pawties on Dogster?
Let's do it one more time... on Sunday, March 2nd!
I'll bring the can of Poot-b-Gone,
if you'll bring the Pawgarita Fountain...
PAWTY! PAWTY! PAWTY!
REVISE: MOVING THIS PAWTY TO THE SOCIAL FUN - PARTY TIME & PLAY DATES FORUM SO NON-PLUS DOGSTERS CAN ATTEND TOO!
January 18th 2014 2:20 am
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Shared from Facebook's Kim Essig:
Wow ... ten years at the top of the internet food chain is a miracle to say the least. I came home from a very long, stressful day to hear the news that Dogster is closing.
Although from a business perspective, I totally understand it, I wanted to say a few things about it from my seat.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, Dogster is the 'Facebook' of dogs. As dog owners, you created an account, created profile pages with stories and photos and videos of them. They also had a feature, called the community pages, where the dog's humans could form groups ... whether it be breed specific, pets with disabilities, pets within a region, etc. People joined these groups to have discussions with other people of like preferences and interests.
I found Dogster 10 years ago through the passing and grief of one of my beloved 'kids'. I needed a place where people got that he wasn't 'just a dog' and my grief was real and painful. I found that in Dogster.
Over time, MANY human lifelong friendships were formed. I saw people coast to coast rally together when Sally Reynolds went through her near, life ending liver transplant. I saw the like when Michael Kloth's Little Bit was battling cancer. I saw dogs that pre-Facebook, would never have found homes had they not been shared throughout the Dogster community. I saw friendships forged with people you may never meet face-to-face because of their love of dogs.
Ted Rheingold did an amazing thing when he began Dogster, and I'm certain even beyond his wildest imagination, did he ever think it would impact so many lives in such a permanent, positive way. For that, I am ever grateful to you Ted, I cherish you as a friend.
Lori Malm ran a tight ship, and some people didn't agree with her, but she was always kind and kept a professional manner and always did everything with love .. her love for her people and their dogs. Lori, you too I am grateful for and cherish.
We've lost friends that we made there, and grieved them as our family ... Kim Smith Lasater, Brenda Harris are two that come to the forefront of my mind. I can't even begin to count all of the Dogs in that 10 years that we grew to love and lost.
So in irony, as I'm writing this, I see that Dogster is so much actually like a dog. It was given to us to teach us friendship, love, loyalty, kindness and to pay it forward, but like our beloved pets, it wasn't to be had forever. So I guess in my mind, I'll think of Dogster as joining so many of our pets who have passed ... and hope it opens an office at the Rainbow Bridge to watch over all them as it did when they were on earth.
Godspeed to all of the staff, then and now, and may your life from here be as blessed as you made all of ours. And to all the friends I forged through Dogster, I may not talk to you every day, or because of life we've drifted apart ... I cherish everyone of you and always will.
December 18th 2012 11:08 pm
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I wrote your name in the sky,
but the wind blew it away.
I wrote your name in the sand,
but the waves washed it away.
I wrote your name in my heart,
and forever it will stay.
To honor our sweet girl,
please consider donating to:
Humane Society Calumet Area
421 45th Street
Munster, IN 46321