April Woof: Pet Food Recall Information, Traveling with Pets and Ways to Get Zealies!

April 26, 2007
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Dear Dogster Member,

What's barking?

Lots going on at Dogster HQ. The whole pack has been busy sprucing up the site, welcoming new hounds (we just surpassed 400,000 members between Dogster and Caster), creating pawesome contests and promotions, and keeping tabs on the pet-food recall. Chew on these current highlights:

Dogster Launches RSS Feed for Pet Food Recall
To keep you updated on the latest developments in the ever-changing Menu Foods saga, Dogster has launched two RSS feeds designed to keep you and your pup in the know. The Pet Food Recall Alerts RSS feed focuses on breaking news on the pet food recalls and The Pet Food Recall News RSS feed will provide information and commentary on the pet food recall that is less time-sensitive in nature. Users can subscribe to one or both RSS feeds from Dogster's Pet Food Recall Resource Page. Here, they will also be able to view Dogster's DogBlog written by intrepid blogger Joy Ward, and find links to other organizations, including government-related agencies, that have pertinent information or are taking action related to the pet food recall.

Enter the Year of the Dog Photo Contest: Howlywood Awaits!
You've always known your pup had star quality. Now's your chance to prove it. Enter our Paramount Vantage Year of the Dog Photo Contest - all you have to do is upload a photo of your diva doggie and both of you could win a trip to LA where you'll both be pampered A-list style. Everyone that enters gets a free 16x20 color print courtesy of Shutterfly. The Bow-Wow Grand Prize includes a private photo shoot of your pup to be featured on the cover of the limited-edition Year of the Dog Calendar, round-trip airfare, two nights at the Fairmont, spa treatments for poochie-poo and more. Lots of other tail-wagging prizes will be awarded so enter today for a chance to win!

You love Dogster, right? Well here's your chance to tell the world! Dogster's in the running for The Next Web Award in the Social category! We're with some pretty impressive company in this category, so the saying "it's an honor just to be nominated" certainly barks true. Please cast your vote for Dogster as best social website. The winners will be announced at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam on June 1st.

Good Things Come to Those Who ReFUR a Furry Friend
Happy woofs to precious pooch Coach Z ! Her mom won a brand new Olympus digital camera, courtesy of Dogster. They were randomly picked from all the new members who signed up in March. That's not all the pupalicious good news: Dogster pup Minnie scored her mom 100 Zealies when she reFURred Coach Z to sign up! BOL! Want in on this action? Simply forward your pals to www.dogster.com/fetch/refer to join Dogster, and you and one of your new recruits could be next month's winner.

Doggone Good Dog Tip #103
Q: With prime driving season upon us, how can you ensure your pup will be comfortable on those long car rides?
A: Our animals are just like our babies, and when it comes to traveling in cars, you need to plan ahead. Here are few tips: Make sure to pack Lassie's favorite doggie pillow, blanket and/or toys. (That familiar scent of home can do wonders.) Always take treats and water, and depending on your dog, you may also want to consider using a pet seatbelt. Better safe than sorry, right?

For more advice on safety issues and other topics, head to Dogster Forums.

Dogster Community: Love Heals All Wounds
When Mr. Socks, a member of Dogster Group "Snoop Dog Beagleys," was recently diagnosed with a serious injury (a ruptured disk and paralyzed hind quarters), all the Snoops rallied around and sent him a ginormous doggie gift basket overflowing with treats and toys. When greeted with the package, Mr. Socks was so thrilled, he wagged his tail!!! His concerned parents couldn't beaglieve it, and they immediately sent a heartfelt letter of thanks to the group. (There wasn't a dry eye in the thread.) Since then, the beagle continues to improve. We're sending our canine karma your way, Mr. Socks.

We love to hear how Dogster has changed/improved/bettered your life. Keep barking those tales to dogster@dogster.com. If we use your letter in an upcoming newsletter, we'll credit your account 10 Zealies!

Romp with you later!

May all animals be happy and safe,
Dogster HQ
Dogster, for the love of dog!

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