Our judges are now reviewing the finalists and submitting their category favorites. But the Best in Show dog and cat will
then be determined by you. Vote for Best in Show now.
||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.
||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.
Maria is the founder of The Dog Lover's Companion travel guidebook
series, and author of The Dog Lover's Companion to California and The
Dog Lover's Companion to the San Francisco Bay Area. When she's not
penning award-winning pet travel books, Maria is busy sniffing out the
best dog news on the Interwebs, from quirky pet stories to the latest
on food recalls, for Dogster's
For the Love of Dog Blog.
Casey graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy for
Animal Training and Behavior and is a member of the following
professional organizations: APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers),
CGC evaluator - AKC (American Kennel Club), TDF (Truly Dog Friendly)
and the No-Shock Collar Coalition. She chronicles her adventures in
dog training on Dogster's Dog Training
Skeezix the Cat was the winner of the Costumes and Shades category in the 2006 World's Coolest Cat Contest. A four-year veteran of the cat blogosphere with Skeezix's Scratching Post, he is the founder of the Cat Blog Help Center and a contributor to the book, We are the Kitties.
Perhaps the busiest cat on the planet, Skeezix also blogs for The Cat's Meow: Catster's Cats and Kittens Blog.
Julia is a veteran journalist and author of six books on pet
lifestyles. She brings Dogster readers the exclusive scoop on living
with dogs - happily and healthily ever after - five days a week at her
lifestyle column, Living with
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA is the webmaster and chief
cat slave for Paws and
Effect, a weekly cat advice column written by her cats, Siouxsie
Mew, Thomas T. Bombadil, and Dahlia P. Kittenface, for cats and their
people. She also keeps Catsters up to date on their fellow felines'
antics via The
Kitty News Network Mondays through Fridays.
||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.