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Monday, July 02, 2007

DOGSTER & CATSTER by Stacey






Okay, Pet People. I have news for you all. We are NOT the only pet crazies in the world. We really exist outside of Clarksville!!! Can you believe it? When Sandy first started this blog, we were all so happy to find others that understand the feelings that we as Pet People, have for our fur babies. Now, I have discovered that there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF US!!!!

Agape, the rescue group that saved my Lucy, sends out a monthly email newsletter. In the edition I received for July, was an article about this web site for DOGS! That’s right, a web site for dogs. It is
www.Dogster.com, and it has hundreds of thousands of profiles of dogs, all across the country. There is a sister site, www.Catster.com, with, you guessed it, CATS!!

In April of this year, they welcomed their 400,000th member to their furry family. That’s a lot of dog and cat love going on. More than 2 million pet photos have been uploaded to the two web sites, to go with the pet profiles. I guess it’s like a My Space type web site for pets. I just found this totally fascinating. You can even “play pal” other dogs and cats, where they will show up on your pet’s web page.

Not only does this site allow you to create web pages for your dogs and cats, but you can also join or create your own web group. People with like interests, say rescue dogs, can create a group for other people interested in rescue dogs. Those people can send messages to each other, post photos to a central location, and have discussions on topics that interest them.

But, the best part is that not only is this a social site for pet lovers, it is also loaded with information. There are moderated forums on specific topics of concern to dog and cat lovers, where questions can be answered. Wondering how a certain medication works? You can post the question and get lots of feedback from pet owners that have tried it. They have topics about adopting the right pet for your family, making your own pet food, traveling with your pet, animal legislation, etc.


Plus, both Dogster and Catster have set up areas for adoptable animals, where rescue groups can post their pets that need forever homes and you can view them. They also have a section where you can review local animal related businesses (vets, pet sitters, boarders, etc), or where you can look at reviews other pet owners have posted about their experiences with local animal related businesses.

I registered this morning and when I have time to play with it, will post my puppies on Dogster and my kitties on Catster. I just wanted to pass these web sites on to my fellow Pet People. I think it is a great resource for us when we have those pet questions or problems that we ask each other about here. Often times, we can offer each other great advice. But, sometimes none of us has had the kind of experience that you are having. But, in this HUGE family of pet lovers, someone out there can offer some guidance on just about anything.



posted by Stacey at 7/02/2007 10:18:00 AM

16 Comments:

Blogger Sandy said...

Hey, what are you trying to do? If I start to notice nobody posting here any more I guess I'll know where they are! LOL

Monday, July 02, 2007 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

This is off topic based on the letters to the editor from today, July 2nd.

I was not aware that the rabies vaccine is a three-year vaccine and that it is the county who requires a yearly vaccination. I am not happy with that. I, myself, am on several medications. I do not take medicatiosn i do not need. I do not want to make my fur children take medication they do not need. If what the writer has said is tru, well, then I would agree with him/her and suggest that we find a different way of licensing our pets. And, yes, I will violate the ordinance and get my pets vaccinated every three years IF what the writer says is true. I have more faith in the CDC than in politicians.

Monday, July 02, 2007 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Yes, many states require it only every three years. Like in everything else related to animals, we are behind the times.I'm sure if you do a google search you can find out more information.

Monday, July 02, 2007 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

I understand the vacination schedules, and that there are shots that last alot longer. I cold even be pursuaded to say "yea, I'd like to save a little money over the next two years". But what if I had the one dog in the world that had a body chemistry that didn't keep the shot at the needed strength for three years--and my dog got hold of a racoon or rabbit or skunk that was rabid. What would I say when they came to put my dog down--Sorry, but I was trying to save some cash? Trust me, I know all about shots and vet expences,remember my lucy gets allergy shots two to three times a month now. But I feel better knowing that they are protected and that we are also. What can I say, I'm a fool for those three fuzzies. There's nothing we wouldn't do to save them or help them continue a healthy, happy life.
Oh--I have to tell you guys this. I told my tale of Hines and his not being to hot one me. I have to admit, it hurt. I've only had one dog in my life that didn't like me, and that one was trained to do it (my nephews-long story). SO I was feeling kindda dumpy Saturday after we got home, and the babies knew it. They went to work right away, giving me extra kisses and loves. My ever faithful Charley sat on the bed beside me, licking my ear off my head. Even Pearl came and lay on my stomach when we all went for an afternoon nap. They helped me to remember how lucky we all are to have each other and that, just like when we were kids on the playground, not everyone is going to like you right off the bat.

Monday, July 02, 2007 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Wow Stacey! Facebooks for dogs and cats! How interesting. I will try to check it out but it is all I can do to keep up with this Blog! Okay, you need to explain the pictures posted. I know who they are but maybe someone new to the Blog does not. Give those furry babies credit and say who they are...

This morning I spotted the bunny eating corn with the deer under our deer corn bucket! Was so neat to see the two sharing a meal together! Too bad my zoom lens is not strong enough to capture that moment in time so I could share it with y'all...

I know how you feel Brett. Occasionally an animal does not take to me or the Saint for some reason or another and I don’t understand it. The Saint and I are usually the one’s people refer to as the Animal Whisperer’s due to the animal magnetism we seem to have. At times we will find that one animal that does not seem to have the trust of most. It is painful but we don’t really know what all they have been through in life so we just take it that we are not the ones for that particular animal. The trick is to not force yourself on them. Don’t take it personally, just remember that you do have three furry babies that totally understand you and fill your life with tons of ear licks and lap naps….

Monday, July 02, 2007 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Sandy, Don't worry, we wouldn't desert your. This is more personal and we all know each other. The other site might be good as a resource, but this is home.

On the vaccines...This is the last year that Stella will get all her shots. She will be 9 in September and just like we do, dogs build up amunities. I feel that you can prolong a pets life by not over vacinating them. Some studies even show that they may be the cause of cancer in our pets. I for one think the 3 year rabies is better than the 1 year. It gives your pet time to develope an amunity and for the vaccine to run its course before you give it to them again.

I take precautions when taking my pets places or when we moved into our new home. I use an organic spray on the dogs when we go out and we treated the yard before we moved in. I know southern states have higher rate of disease, so they want you to vaccinate more often. That dosen't mean it's right for your pet. Other things I do are make vet appointments early in the morning so they haven't had as many pets in yet, I will not board them EVER! They go with us or we don't go. I won't allow them to eat anything from a stranger. I have never had any problems keeping with these. The one time I let someone keep a dog while we went on vacation, he came home with kennel cough and gave it to everyone else. Never again.

Monday, July 02, 2007 1:19:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Yesterday the Saint and I went to town to run a few errands. Since we were near Lowes, we decided to check in on the Killdeer bird we have been seeing the past few weeks. The bird was not sitting on the mulch and I figured that if it had been sitting on eggs, that they had hatched and moved on. I had the Saint park so I could get out and take a peek on the spot to see if I could see any signs of eggs or babies. As I walked closer to the spot I heard this squawking commotion coming from some other mulched trees nearby! It was the killdeer running towards me as if telling me to stay away! So I quickly got out of the area for fear of the bird running into the street or parking lot. The Saint was laughing at me running back to the car with the bird chasing after me. I don’t know much about these birds, (I must research them) but I learned one thing yesterday, they are very protective of their territory!
More on this saga, as it unfolds…

Monday, July 02, 2007 1:29:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I just realized that if you "Click" on the pictures posted, that they become larger! So y'all must click on the pictures when there are more then one posted together so you can see the full picture better. Gee, learn something new everyday on this computer!

Monday, July 02, 2007 1:42:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

SORRY!!! My post was so darn long as it was, I didn't take more space to tell about my pictures. I figured people would assume they were "Dogster" and "Catster". LOL

The beautiful redhead is my Lucy (with her hairy toes). The sleeping kitty is Sh*thead, taking a nap in one of the doghouses out in the yard. I just love that picture. I will have to share the tale of his new "cathouse" in the near future.

And for those of you that are new to me and my babies, yes, Sh*thead is his real name. The vet and the pet sitter think it is Punkin, but to us and everybody else, he's Sh*thead. He was SUCH a pain in the butt when he was little, and I couldn't think of a good name. Sweetie started calling him Sh*thead, and damn if it didn't stick! Even my mother called him that.

Sandy, I'm with Adrienne and Skeeter! We would never desert the blog for another site. I just thought it was a fascinating resource. I'm always amazed at the outlandish pet things out there in the world, and I was so amused that they had social networking sites for our pets!

PET PEOPLE RULES!!!!!!!

Monday, July 02, 2007 2:40:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Stacey, shame, shame on you naming Punkin Sh-thead! Here I fuss at Fly Boy for calling the girls that when they aggrivate him or make him mad. I sure hope you love on Punkin a lot to make up for that, I won't call him Sh-thead.
You asked how Fly Boy's first week at work went and it was really good but he'll be even happer when he gets to fly next week.
Sandy, I agree with Adrienne, we are family here and it's home. We'd never leave to go and stay at another blog. In fact I don't know when I'll get time to even check the other one. It's been ahrd enough to ge the time to check in here lately. Again thank you for starting this.
Skeeter, I can se you being chased by that Mama bird now,ha. I wonder what all the other people around thought?

Monday, July 02, 2007 4:47:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Yeah Stacey, Shame on you for calling that sweet little yellow baby all curled up and innocent looking a sh!thead!!! For shame, for shame, for shame... LOL

Pam it was funny because the parking lot at Lowes attaches with a neat mom and pops Pizza place. A girl was sitting in her car with the door open and chatting on her cell. I was assuming she was a waitress on break. Anyway, she was keeping an eye on me because we were parked in a strange place. I am sure she was totally confused when I was running back to the truck because she would not have seen the bird where she was located. I am sure I was the talk of the pizza joint as the crazy woman running in the parking lot acting like a nut! Heck by leaving the Saint in the truck, I am sure she thought we were fighting or something silly like that. I know I would have been wondering what the heck was going on if I saw that action.... LOL

Monday, July 02, 2007 8:56:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Skeeter, Pam.....ARGH!!!!!

Get off Miss Stacey's back! It is a cat, and that is its name. It's not like the dumb little animal can actually understand the English language (or Greek or Latin or Spanish or any other thing). Miss Stacey already stated that he was a royal pain in the kazoo, and I personally think the name fits. He just looks like a Sh*thead.

Miss Stacey probably pondered for WEEKS trying to come up with the perfect name. Like it would make a difference. It's a cat. She could have named it very quickly, King Tutenkamum, but she must have been having one of those female moments that lasted a long time. I'm pretty sure that poor precious Sweetie was going insane because she was going so spastic trying to come up with a name. He just started calling the cat what he really was. So, just remember, Miss Stacey said he was a royal pain in the kazoo, and Sweetie started calling him Sh*thead. What else could she have named him at that point?? Sweetie had spoken.

Stacey, your poor pitiful Lucy. When I took Skeeter's advice and clicked on the picture and made it bigger......Well, good God woman, give that dog a bath!!! Her poor fur is all matted. Or is that not your department??? Should Sweetie be giving her a bath? But he works 6 days a week, from what I understand? Do you work 6 days a week? Does he not constantly do things around the house to make life better for you and your precious pets?? All you have to do is take them to the Pet Food Center and throw their butts in the tub. No mess at the house. But, who am I to judge??? Thank goodness my wifey poo recognizes the great things that I do around our castle. I even get a home cooked meal once every two weeks, whether I need it or not. Though, I must admit, wifey poo does fix me a very special lunch every day.

So, come on girl, admit it. Have you ever given Lucy a bath?? Ever??? Or is it one of those "male chores"??? Inquiring minds want to know. Oh, one more thing. Does Lucy have a nickname, like the yellow cat?? If so, what is it??? If not, I'm sure I can think of one to give her.

I must go now. I'm exhausted. I've spent "X" number of days constructing the 20' x 15' outdoor kitty veranda, just for King Feline and Prince Not So Annoying. I should have the roof on by tomorrow evening, and the fun will commence. When I start pouring 4 inches of concrete. Maybe we can get some cat prints in there...... Must be careful NOT TO POUR CONCRETE ON THE CATS. Repeat after me....DO NOT POUR CONCRETE ON THE CATS.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007 9:16:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Now we would not want to impose on Sweeties precious time to wash the dog now would we??? Lord knows Stacey doesn’t do anything but sit on her butt and eat Bon Bons all day long! Once again the old Dragon is cruising for a bruising. I think a Dragons tail plastered in concrete would be better then a ball and chain! If nothing else maybe Guinevere can give that tail of yours a good tug! No no Dragon, not in a playful manner,that would be in your Daisylouu dreams! Pam where are you??? You need to get your brother in line here…

Who was it talking a while back about a dog wash at the car wash??? I think maybe Adrienne but that was so long ago, I forgot. Anyway, we now have one in our area! The only problem I have with it is, the place is not enclosed like the one I saw in the Atlanta area. Plus it is near a busy street. So I fear that someone may loose control of their dog and it may run out into the street. But a good parent would probably have control of their dog so I should not worry about the unknown. Anyway, what a great idea for them to install one so close to a huge neighborhood that is filled with barking dogs. I know this for a fact because when we were house hunting, we went through that neighborhood and I remember being dissatisfied with it due to all the barking dogs…

Friday, July 06, 2007 1:35:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I will NOT give Stacey a break for naming her kitty sh-thead! That is terrible! And I still same shame on yoou Stacey! I saw his photo and he is a sweet kitty.
Dragon I bet wifey poo does give you a SPECIAL lunch,heh heh.

Friday, July 06, 2007 1:35:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Oh, Pammie, lighten up woman!! He loves his name!! He wears it like a badge of honor.

Friday, July 06, 2007 6:07:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Stacey, you turd you, but I do love ya! I guess he's kinf of like Fly Boy, he is proud to be a a--hole!

Saturday, July 07, 2007 7:41:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.
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