May Woof: Getting your dog ready for summer, your last chance at Howl-lywood and much more!

May 8, 2007
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Dear Dogster Member,


All is barkerrific at Dogster HQ, as we just lassoed in our official 400,000th member! That's one Dogster or Catster human joining every 60 seconds - talk about a rush of dog love. Dog, there's so much dog-gone going on here, we barely have time to fetch a bone. Check it out:

The Latest on the Pet-Food Recall
Check out the latest on the pet food recall on our Pet Food Recall Resource and Information Center. ( You can also sign-up for the world's only RSS feeds dedicated to keep pet parents up to date on the latest recall news. Check it out!

It's Getting Hot on the Pet Health Zone
VPI's Pet Health Zone wants to prepare you and your dog for the summertime heat. Learn how to ensure that your dog is not in danger of heatstroke or dehydration by reading VPI's series of articles dedicated to educating pet owners about summertime hazards. These include "Keeping Your Pet Healthy in the Summer Heat," "Go Play Outside and Take Your Pet With You!" and tips to "Give Your Pet the Coolest Summer Ever." Also, check out the winning pet photos from the April Showers contest. While you're there, don't forget to enter VPI's Pet Health Zone Patriotic Pets Photo Contest! Submit your winningest photo of your dog dressed in his or her patriotic best for a chance to receive a $250 gift basket loaded with pooch prizes.

Hug Your Pet
Vote for DOGS OR CATS of the ASPCA to win the International Hug Your Pet Competition sponsored by Bounce®. Bounce will donate a year's supply of dog food and $10,000 to the ASPCA, which will help to improve the lives of homeless animals by supporting vaccinations, medical exams, and spay and neutering. Love your pet, not the hair. Give your faithful friend that extra hug they deserve. Bounce helps repel the hair. Vote NOW!

Doggone Good Dog Tip #104
Q: Getting out and about with Fido is one of the best parts about the warmer weather. But what to do about those niggling foxtails, whose sharp stickers can cause real problems for pooches?
A: It's impossible to prevent foxtails (other than avoiding trails and grassy areas where you know they exist). But one thing to do, especially for hounds with thick hair, is to get a close whole-body trim and undertake a diligent combing to prevent foxtails from embedding in the skin. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about the stickers from burrowing into feet, a particular problem for dogs with webbed toes, so make sure to check feet carefully. Nose, ear, eye and throat foxtails can also be a problem so be aware of these areas, as well. Signs to look for include severe sneezing or pawing at nose, pawing at ear or head shaking, eye swelling or tears and mucous discharge, and gagging or retching cough. If you suspect the nasty plant has gotten to your pet, visit your vet immediately. Bottom line: Beware but take a hike.

For more advice on health, grooming and other topics, head to Dogster Forums.

Experience the Hotel Exclusively for Dogs and Cats
Uneasy about boarding or kenneling your dog or cat? Wag Hotels understands. It combines excellent service and unsurpassed convenience with personalized, reasonably priced care from a highly trained, professional staff. Wag is now opening its newest location in San Francisco... with a rooftop dog park, indoor swimming pool and easy drive-through 24/7 drop-off and pickup service. Enter now and your pooch could win a free lifetime stay.

Last Chance to Enter the Year of the Dog Photo Contest
You've always known your pup had star quality. Now's your chance to prove it. Enter our Paramount Pictures Year of the Dog Photo Contest - all you have to do is upload a photo of your photogenic pooch and both of you could win a trip to LA where you'll both be pampered in Howllywood style . Everyone that enters gets a free 16x20 color print courtesy of Shutterfly and 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. Time's running out so enter today for a chance to win!

DogsterPlus Provides More Puppy Fun
Why are all the cool pooches signing up for DogsterPlus? Well, here are a few highlights:
  • The ability to add photo captions
  • Access to special Forums just for DogsterPlus members
  • Enhanced email "Sent" folder feature, so you'll never forget whom you p-mailed
  • And the best reason: Themed Rosettes
DogsterPlus is available for just $19.95/year or $3.50/month. Sign up now!

Dogster Community: Mad For Muffin
This touching p-mail was sent by Muffin's mom:
I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you named Muffin Dogster Dog of the Day! I must admit, that when I saw that I had over 150 emails one morning,--this is a good thing, no, this is a great thing!

When I first found Dogster through another dog site last December, it was in the midst of Muffin's cancer surgeries. I thought making her a page with pictures would give me something fun and positive to do. Now, we have made so many wonderful friends, and never have I seen a website with so many genuinely kind-hearted individuals. Dogster is a true blessing in my life.

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

Show Off Your Dogster
How do you show off your Dogster love? Here are two ideas. Make a badge for your pup to put on your other webpages. Find out how here: ( Or, send a self-addressed stamped envelope in for some Dogster stickers. They dress up any car bumper or look great on notebooks. Your friends will drool in envy. Mail to 555 De Haro Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA 94107. Attention: Stickers!

Romp with you later!

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

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