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Dr. Eric Barchas, DVM
Eric is a practicing veterinarian who lives and works in San Francisco. His emphasis is on small animal medicine, surgery and wellness. He is the Dogster and Catster resident veterinarian. An avid traveler, he has studied lions in Botswana and salmon in southern Chile. Dr. Barchas writes the Dogster and Catster Vetblog.
Dr. Marty Becker, DVM
Dr. Becker, America's Favorite Veterinarian, is celebrating his 11th year helping to educate and entertain pet lovers as the resident pet doctor on ABC-TV's Good Morning America. He has also appeared on countless other national shows, including The Martha Stewart Show, and is in high demand as a keynote speaker. He has written multiple New York Times best-selling pet books, and is co-author of three new books, including The Ultimate Dog Lover and The Ultimate Cat Lover. Along with his writing partner, Gina Spadafori, Dr. Becker writes a pet-care feature for the Universal Press Syndicate that appears in newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. A searchable archive and popular Web log can be found at PetConnection.com.
Travis Brorsen, Actor and Television Personality
Raised in a farming family originally from Perry, Oklahoma, Travis grew up with all kinds of animals, including dogs. He received a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Communications and Public Relations (with a minor in Theater) from Oklahoma State University. After college, he moved to Los Angeles where he is currently pursuing an acting career. Travis has already appeared on hit-shows we all know like Desperate Housewives, Jag, Bones, Over There, Faithful Friends on Animal Planet and many others. Travis and Presley recently had the opportunity to walk the RED CARPET together for The FOX Really Awards. They were nominated as "Favorite Reality Duo." Travis and Presley recently took home the top honors for the premier season of the CBS reality TV show Greatest American Dog. Travis and Presley currently live in Los Angeles.
Horst Hoefinger, Author/Blogger
Horst Hoefinger, the voice behind Dogster's For the Love of Dog Blog, has been writing and blogging for the last few years and living with dogs all his life. He wrote a book about his dog Bo, to give to his wife as a Christmas gift in 2006. The book was written through Bo's eyes about the adventures the family had with him over the past 14 plus years. The book, Unleashed: Memoirs of a Man's Best Friend, is now being published by Kensington Books and is slated for a fall '09 release. In the interim you can always check out Bo's blog www.boknowsonline.com. Here you'll find sarcastic, witty and funny commentary directly from man's best friend on all things dog. You'll also find exclusive preview chapters of the upcoming book. Horst lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA with his wife Lisa and three rescue dogs - Bo, Copper and Logan - and one newly adopted cat, Mothball.
Tracie Hotchner, Author
Tracie Hotchner is the author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know. She is the host/creator/producer of "Dog Talk", the weekly one hour live call-in show on NPR, now in its second year. She is also the author of The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. Incredibly, she has a second weekly one-hour live radio show called "Cat Chat"' on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius Satellite radio. This show has also been on the air for two years. These accomplishments qualified her to write the new Daily Tips on both Dogster.com and Catster.com.
Allison C. Lindquist, Executive Director, East Bay SPCA
Allison has spent nearly fifteen years promoting wildlife conservation and the humane treatment of all living things. Prior to joining the East Bay SPCA in 2006, Allison served as Assistant Director for ten years with the Oakland Zoo, and two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. Allison lives in Oakland, California, and is owned by three pit bulls and a Chihuahua.
Laura Nativo, Actor and Television Personality
After starring in the CBS hit reality show, Greatest American Dog, award-winning actress/producer Laura Nativo's life has officially gone to the dogs. Laura and her pomeranian Preston were deemed "America's Favorite Ma & Paw" by Entertainment Weekly, for their "charming and mannerly" chemistry. Since GAD, the due has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, E! News, TMZ as a fan favorite... Together, they will host a new interactive online animal show for The Stream, and have several film and television projects in development with major production companies. In their time off-screen, Laura and Preston feel honored to be involved with a number of wonderful events benefitting animal, environmental and other causes they are passionate about. Laura and Preston are forming THE PAWTASTICS, a volunteer organization comprised of celebrity dogs, studio dogs, exceptionally-trained canines and their humans who aspire to take therapy dog work to another level. They are also launching a grassroots initiative to help animal owners provide a better lifestyle for their loved ones by encouraging businesses to allow incredibly-behaved canines greater public access. Please bark hello to Laura & Preston at upcoming events all around the country... To learn more about how you can paw a difference, visit Preston's Planet!
Mark Rogers, Pet Photographer
Mark Rogers is a San Francisco-based professional pet photographer whose work has been published in a number of books and appeared in the award-winning San Francisco SPCA magazine, Our Animals. Mark serves on the board of Give a Dog a Bone, an environmental enrichment program for long-term custody dogs at the San Francisco municipal shelter and donates his time to many different rescue and advocacy groups. Recently selected as one of the Bay Area's top pet photographers, he's also a shooter for the popular Pet Food Express "My Mutt" Program and runs the popular weekly photo caption contest on Dogster's For the Love of Dog Blog.
Justin Rudd, Dog Parade and Event Organizer
Justin Rudd is the founder/organizer of HauteDogs.org in Long Beach, California. His dog events include some of the world's largest and most celebrated,including the Haute Dog Easter Parade and Howl'oween Parade, the Bulldog Beauty Contest, the Haute Dog Poetry Contest, pet adoption fairs and Operation Santa Paws. Justin also led the effort to establish the only off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County and is a professional dog photographer.
Gina is the New York Times best-selling author of eight pet-care books, including the newly released The Ultimate Dog-Lover and The Ultimate Cat Lover with her writing partner, Dr. Marty Becker. Along with Dr. Becker, Gina also writes a weekly pet-care feature for the Universal Press Syndicate, which can be read in newspapers across the United States and Canada. She is also the lead blogger on the popular PetConnection.com and DogCars.com Web logs.
Laurie Williams, CPDT
A canine education specialist and trainer for over 25 years, Laurie is the owner and Director of Training and Behavior Counseling for Pup'N Iron canine Fitness and Learning Center in Fredericksburg, VA. The 11,000 square foot, state of th art dof training, day care and fitness/rehabilitation facility is the only one of its kind in the country. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers(APDT), certified through Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and an American Kennel Club and APDT Rally Obedience Judge. A nationally published writer, Laurie has had articles featured in Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Shape and 9-1-1 magazines. She is a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Dog, the trade publication for the APDT and she is a featured author in the newly released book Dog Trainer's Resource 2.
Laurie and her six-year-old Maltese dog Andrew were runners-up on the CBS summer reality TV show Greatest American Dog.
Dogster Dog, Official Mascot
Yay Dogster Dog! His hobbies include playing chase, sniffing everything when he's out for a walk, digging in the yard, chomping on peanut butter treats and playing with squeaky chew toys. He also guest stars at Dogster member meet-and-greets and other special events. He appeared in the acclaimed film Dogster in the Park.
Born and raised in Happyville, a small funny-farming community in the not-so-plain regions of Cuteopia, Snuzzy started collecting cute and fuzzy pet-related things way back when he himself was still very cute. And slightly fuzzy. His collection of all things cute and fuzzy eventually outgrew his cute and fuzzy warehouse, causing a Loony-Tunes-like explosion of cuteness and fuzziness that sent clouds of contagious laughter throughout Cuteopia. Too much cuteness for even a place called Cuteopia to handle, Snuzzy expanded his cute and fuzzy operations and moved to Cyberspace, where he lives today. Snuzzy sails a silly little boat called Snuzzy: Where Cute and Fuzzy Collide, and occasionally writes under the pseudonym Schmanders Schmorter.
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