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theodp writes "Cubby from New Jersey has a passion for peanut butter. Dedeaux from Baton Rouge likes to suck his brother's ear. Spike from the East Bay just wants to kiss pretty girls. Two months after computer and canine geeks in San Francisco launched a social networking site for dogs, 8,000+ pooches have their own Web page on Dogster.com, complete with mug shots, personal stories and listings of likes and pet peeves."
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  • Barking mad (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Space cowboy ( 13680 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:45PM (#8442144) Journal
    The problem with a 'free society' is that some people have far far too much time on their hands :-) All the more kudos to the site-creators for finding an oft-overlooked gap in the market for a site that most people (the sane ones) never suspected would exist...

    Oh yeah, and (from the article):

    Rosemary Pepper is a writer and founder of an online feminist magazine who wrote the copy for the Dogster site. She is the "I Like It Ruff" columnist.
    /me definitely doesn't mention anything about spicy feminists liking it "ruff", 'cos that would be politically incorrect [grin]

    Simon
  • My dog... (Score:5, Funny)

    by bonytony ( 696466 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:46PM (#8442148)
    Likes to sniff butts!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:46PM (#8442157)
    And here I was thinking it was a dating site for fugly chicks!
  • So sad (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Supp0rtLinux ( 594509 ) <Supp0rtLinux@yahoo.com> on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:47PM (#8442170)
    So sad that so many people out there need to get a life. Yeah, those of us with pets love them a lot, but this is a bit extreme... though knowing our twisted society, it'll probably make for the best IPO in history in a few months...

    Is there a separate section for same sex dogs?

    The only thing necessary for Micro$oft to triumph is for a few good programmers to do nothing". North County Computers [nccomp.com]
    • Bakery (Score:5, Interesting)

      by nycsubway ( 79012 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:50PM (#8442200) Homepage
      There is a bakery in my town that sells ONLY dog treats. They are in the shape of cookies, pastries, cakes, etc. But they're for dogs.

      It is sad, but if money can be made doing it, I'm sure someone will.

      • You know, they have one in Memphis, TN too (well, Germantown, but close enough).

        I wonder what other niche markets you can find catering to dogs or, more generally, pets?

        Mike.
      • Re:Bakery (Score:3, Insightful)

        by globalar ( 669767 )
        I think a lot of people are lonely (maybe don't have children, a SO, a happy relationship, etc.) for whatever reason and bored. I know people who spend enormous sums of money on their single (in some cases multiple) animal(s), have pictures of them throughout their house, buy them special food, all manner of toys and accessories, have their pet professionally cleaned/manicured, and will pay medical bills akin to that of a sickly child*. They also like to talk to other people about their $PET's, they help
      • There is a fucking pet bakery in KC on the plaza. My girlfriend dragged me down to the plaza one day and if that wasn't bad enough, she dragged me to the fucking doggy bakery. Holy shit. Needless to say, she bought some damn cookies or some shit for her dog. That shit looked pretty good, too! She wouldn't let me buy any though. She said they were for dogs only and I couldn't have any. God damn dogs eating better than I am.
    • No, they only offer "civildogster.com" it has only a few of the same features, nearly none of the benefits, but it has a different name and follows the ideology of a mis-translated old book. But it should be good enough for them!!

      http://www.worldpolicy.org/globalrights/sexorien t/ bible-gay.html

      http://www.postfun.com/pfp/homosexual.html
    • Re:So sad (Score:3, Insightful)

      Why is this a bit extreme? Because you wouldn't use it? Please. There's tons of websites for dogs out there, tons of communities, and dog lovers are some of the most involved people ever when it comes to their pets. Why is it sad that they made this website? If they have the time and money to dedicate to this, why not? Its not like its cluttering your net space. Don't like it? Don't go there.

      I really fail to see how you can justify making those kind of trollish comments about this.

  • by SoupGuru ( 723634 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:47PM (#8442171)
    oh yeah, had to be said. apologies.
  • Obviously (Score:3, Funny)

    by wowbagger ( 69688 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:48PM (#8442181) Homepage Journal
    Obviously, this is the application for which the British are working on smell for email [slashdot.org].

    However, do you realise how much "dog butt" carts are going to cost?

  • by saintlupus ( 227599 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:48PM (#8442185) Homepage
    Cubby from New Jersey has a passion for peanut butter.

    [cue porno bassline]

    --saint
    • by vena ( 318873 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:53PM (#8442269)
      urban legend nothing, i'm from new jersey and knew a girl in highschool who had to change schools after everyone found out how she was enticing her dog into licking certain parts of her body.

      not a friend of a friend of a cousin thing, this girl was on my bus.
      • And you know it was true, and not just a viscious rumour spread by bitchy teenaged girls (who are genetically predisposed to such activities), because....?

        There was a spaz in my high school known only as "Cat Fucker", because legends tell of him fucking a cat. I'm not gullible enough to just believe it, though, I need proof. Show me the half cat-half man offspring, or something.

  • by maxwell demon ( 590494 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:49PM (#8442191) Journal
    ... in the net nobody knows you are a dog.
    Obviously this site is out to change that.
  • Out of all the articles we read that talk about patents, this article doesn't even mention the word.

    Here's something new and innovative. Where are the patent freaks?

  • by superpulpsicle ( 533373 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:50PM (#8442203)
    www.microsoft.com

    Check it out my dog did a really good job.

  • by MosesJones ( 55544 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:50PM (#8442206) Homepage

    WLTM Bitch in Heat for romantic butt sniffing and frenzied humping. Any breed or cross breed is fine, I'm not breedist. Must have own walker and a good turn of speed. I'm a 200 pound Newfoundland so small dogs might not want to apply, unless you have been around a bit.

    Likes: Butt sniffing and frenzied humping

    Dislikes: Buckets of Cold water
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:51PM (#8442227)
    slashdot is pretty much the same than that doggie site... imagine those pet-holders thinkin about a weblog all about computers and linuxes and geeky stuff. Theyd probably think the same what we think of them...
  • Well, (Score:2, Funny)

    by pete-classic ( 75983 )
    So much for "on the Internet no one knows you're a dog." :-(

    -Peter
    • Re:Well, (Score:3, Funny)

      by dr_dank ( 472072 )
      The slogan for the now defunct pets.com was "because pets can't drive. Now that they can type and work a mouse, the driving thing can't be too far behind...
  • by orthogonal ( 588627 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:52PM (#8442232) Journal
    [The 21st century's answer to Aristotle, Euripides and Sophocles] launched a social networking site for dogs, 8,000+ pooches have their own Web page on Dogster.com, complete with mug shots, personal stories and listings of likes and pet peeves.

    Ha! Take that, Library of Alexandria!

    Guess you don't look so special now, with your dusty old Greek plays and crap, huh?
  • OT (Score:5, Interesting)

    by *coughs loudly* ( 301749 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:52PM (#8442238)
    What a wildly inappropriate slashdot article. Eight thousand pictures of dogs on the internet? Wow, that's really stretching what's possible with our infrastructure in a geek-friendly way.
  • Welcome (Score:2, Funny)

    by dnoyeb ( 547705 )
    Welcome to the world of slashdot Dogster...

    Let that be a lesson to all of you!
  • In other news, Baja men are not happy.
  • by The_Rippa ( 181699 ) * on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:53PM (#8442251)
    See, this is why we need to further develop the Scented Email...my dog said it want's to get a wiff of the ass of CutePup316
  • The coolster suffix for all those dudesters who dream of starting their own boomster sitester.

    Catster.com for pussies? Ratster for rodents? How about Hamster.com for those who like smoked pig thighs? Chickster.com for girls?

    We can make it even more cool:

    Dogsta! Chicksta! Gangsta! Hamsta!

    Hey d00d, I'm a Slashsta!

  • So What? (Score:5, Funny)

    by H8X55 ( 650339 ) <jason.r.thomas@g m a i l .com> on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:53PM (#8442263) Homepage Journal
    Yeah - I scoffed at the article. Then I read it and scoffed a bit more. Then i went and registered our two dogs. And you know you did the same thing.
  • Wonderful! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:54PM (#8442273)
    I, for one, would like to welcome our Canine overlords! Woof!
  • Rant (Score:3, Insightful)

    by DarkHelmet ( 120004 ) * <mark@seve n t h c y c le.net> on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:55PM (#8442281) Homepage

    Sorry Slashdot readers, but I'm a little pissed.

    Dogster. Wonderful. I write an Open Source Social Network [sourceforge.net] program, and Slashdot rejects any sort of story on it only to put a story about Dogster.

    Sorry, but I feel a little shunned. I do have a little bit of pride in what I do, and things like this kind of shatter it.

    Yeah, I know, the type of site I'm doing has been done... But then again, does that make Linux "Just Another Kernel?" I'm sure that would be up for debate.

    Yes everyone, the ideal is novel. But hello, anyone? This is news for NERDS, not, news for dogs. We typically like things like anime, Open Source, Star Wars and SCO. This fits under neither.

    This wasn't even marked as "Humor". I'm not laughing anyway.

    /Rant off.

    • Re:Rant (Score:5, Insightful)

      by dave420 ( 699308 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:59PM (#8442332)
      Dude, it's slashdot. You have to expect brilliant articles being overlooked and replaced by dupes from earlier this morning. Just like you have to expect overzealous moderators and insensitive clods...

      It's easy to get your feelings hurt on here, but just remember that it's slashdot. After all's said and done, this is just a website with a bunch of geeks spouting off :-P

      And long may it continue... ;)

    • Re:Rant (Score:5, Funny)

      by savagedome ( 742194 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:00PM (#8442337)
      This is news for NERDS, not, news for dogs

      The guy sitting next to me greets me every morning with 'What up dog?'. I figure the story is appropriate.
    • Same here. I wrote a little program which automates installing source packages for stupid people (i.e those that don't want to use the terminal). It was basically just a little thing that could provide a massive bundle of help for many. Indeed-imagine if this were integrated into KDE! Click a .tar.gz icon and watch it compile and install right before your eyes! It could be like RPMs, just without dependency hell. It could be like Portage on any distro. It could be like Debian, but with no need to apt-get -f
    • This wasn't even marked as "Humor". I'm not laughing anyway.

      Really? I see a foot icon.
    • by Wee ( 17189 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:21PM (#8442587)
      ...and nobody cares. I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell you this.

      Dogster. Wonderful. I write an Open Source Social Network program, and Slashdot rejects any sort of story on it only to put a story about Dogster.

      Perhaps that's because the owners of this site feel that nobody would care about your web site? Or are you just upset that you can't get free advertising? Not to put too fine a point on it, but you sound like a kid whining because nobody comes to your birthday party. You can't force them to come, you know. If people see some value in doign so, or satisfy some personal need in doing so, they will come.

      Yeah, I know, the type of site I'm doing has been done... But then again, does that make Linux "Just Another Kernel?" I'm sure that would be up for debate.

      You hit the nail on the head: "it's been done". And done more than a few times. And been done probably better than you did it -- better than I would have done it, too. That's just reality.

      But what gets me is that you compare your web page to an operating system's kernel. Newflash: one is important in the grand scheme of things, and one is not. Again, that's just reality. I'm a little surprised that I even have to say that. I mean, your comparison isn't even close to valid. It's like you're complaining that nobody cares about the really nice and intricate paper airplanes you've made, and all anyone talks about is 747's. And now all everyone -- the ingrates! -- is talking about this new Airbus thing. Where's the justice? Seriously, can't you see where your anger is just a little misplaced?

      Yes everyone, the ideal is novel

      Again, you hit the nail squarely on the head: Dogster is a novel idea. My mom even knows about it. My relatives who hardly use computers think it's just fabulous, and put up profiles of little Fluffy the poodle. The idea has traction, for whatever reason (quite a bit of that reason is being the first to do it).

      Yours is not a novel concept, and is probably somewhat played out by now. You're late to the party. Time to look at reality again. If you did "Catster" or "Birdster" or, hell, even "Hamster" people might come. But imagine if you did a Dogster clone. Can you see anyone coming to it? No? Why not? Probably for the same reason that nobody comes to your Friendster clone: it's an already crowded market, with no room for your efforts. That may be sad, but it's true.

      But hello, anyone? This is news for NERDS, not, news for dogs. We typically like things like anime, Open Source, Star Wars and SCO. This fits under neither.

      Try not to tell people what they like. That's likely partly the cause of your problems.

      I'd suggest abandoning the Friendster clone you've done and spending time and effort on something else. You've probably learned a lot from your efforts, so it likely wasn't a completely lost cause. Use that knowledge to make a new site, if a web site is really what you want, only this time find a novel concept. Slashdot, even though it's been copied over and over, was novel when it started out. That's why it's popular (and regardless of what you think about its occupants or its design, Slashdot is popular).

      -B

    • Re:Rant (Score:3, Insightful)

      by CompWerks ( 684874 )
      Mike, Just a suggestion... You might have better luck if you don't use your picture or refer to yourself as "DarkHelmet"
  • This reminds me of the story about some guy who had what he called a "stud service" for dogs, but was essentially doggy prostitution. For the dog who has everything (else) I suppose, or at least a good way to keep him from humping your leg all the time. It was in a newspaper somewhere, anyone have a reference to this wonderful story?
  • --Reality shows getting their own awards show
    --"Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: The Motion Picture"
    --Dogster

  • she had this weird dog.

    the dog's mother was a doberman pinscher, while the father was a cocker spaniel.

    imagine a doberman with a cocker spaniel head.

    when asked, she said her dog's breed was "cock-pinscher".
  • by addie ( 470476 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:59PM (#8442324)
    Everyone seems to be passionate about one thing or another, for many /. readers it's open source software, criticizing George Lucas, or karma whoring. For these people it's their dogs. Whenever I see someone who is so obsessed with a subject as to be considered disturbed, it makes me depressed. At first. Why don't you find beauty and inspiration in nature I think, or the arts? Get a hobby!

    But wait, you have one already...

    These people may have "nothing better to do with their time" or are "lonely and sad" but the fact is that everyone is passionate about one thing or another. If we all enjoyed the same interests then this world would be a very boring place, and there wouldn't be the advances in science and technology that there have been. So don't bash the hobby-freaks too much, as you're probably one too. Freak is in the eye of the beholder, as it were.
  • My Family. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sentosus ( 751729 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @12:59PM (#8442329)
    My girlfriend and I can no medically have children. This is something that we have known for a while. Instead, we have Cricket, Cupid, and Prancer. They are our children. Cricket sleeps with his head on the pillow in bed. Cupid rolls up behind his mommy's(girlfriend)legs. Prancer sleeps on the floor.

    Cricket has missing front teeth from his owners in Winnsboro, South Carolina kicking him. He also suffers epilepsy. Cupid has no fur where his two previous owns let him get fleas, which he was allergic. Prancer has no fur at also.

    There is nothing wrong with us as a family. I care for them and pay their doctor bils. They are similar to a small child 6-7 years old. They love to go for rides in the car and also know when we are having a bad day.

    I truely endorse this website as any steps for us to make their life happy in the same way they make mine happy and soothe my needs to have children.

    So please do not put down pet owners or say they are freaks. You may simply not understand the bond that people have with their animals. I know that I consider Cricket to be my son and when he gets a shot, he reaches for me just like any child would to their parent.

    ^---- Chichiuahuas. --- Spelling bad.
    • Re:My Family. (Score:2, Insightful)

      by kabocox ( 199019 )
      Um. You could have adopted a human. I'm adopted. I'm glad that my adopted parents didn't decide to get a dog instead.
    • Re:My Family. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Cryp2Nite ( 67224 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:28PM (#8442665)
      To quote the parent:
      I truely endorse this website as any steps for us to make their life happy...
      Trust me when i say your dogs don't care. If you want to make their life happier, take them out to play more often, buy them a bone or a toy, spend some more time with them.

      Putting your pooch on the web has nothing to do with with their happiness. It has to do with the owners being goofballs ;-)
    • Re:My Family. (Score:3, Interesting)

      by orthogonal ( 588627 )
      So please do not put down pet owners or say they are freaks. You may simply not understand the bond that people have with their animals. I know that I consider Cricket to be my son and when he gets a shot, he reaches for me just like any child would to their parent.

      The twisty paths natural selection takes through "problem space" never ceases to amaze me.

      Humans are neotenous apes: our maturity is delayed, our childhood prolonged, in order that we can take the years required to train our over-sized brains

      • If he really wanted to be a parent, he could adopt a human. Dogs are cheaper and easier to care for and more fun than human babies.
  • by Asprin ( 545477 ) <gsarnold&yahoo,com> on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:03PM (#8442378) Homepage Journal

    I pronouce this idea DOOMED-TO-FAIL(tm)!

    Why?

    No smell-o-vision. Dogs need that.
  • by GOD_ALMIGHTY ( 17678 ) <curt...johnson@@@gmail...com> on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:03PM (#8442379) Homepage
    really big bags of venture capital, a sock-puppet mascot and some future felons currently employed as stock analysts.

    When they outsource it to India, will it spin-off a Cowster.com?
  • by bareman ( 60518 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:03PM (#8442380) Homepage Journal
    with Doggie Style sheets?
  • Catster (Score:2, Informative)

    by Lord Zerrr ( 237123 )
    They like cats to as they also have catster.com registered.

    Registrant:
    One Match Fire
    825 Oak St.
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    US

    Registrar: DOTSTER
    Domain Name: CATSTER.COM
    Created on: 14-MAY-00
    Expires on: 14-MAY-04
    Last Updated on: 21-FEB-04

    Administrative, Technical Contact:
    Rheingold, Ted info@onematchfire.com
    One Match Fire
    825 Oak St.
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    US
    415.552.9594

    Domain servers in listed order:
    FIRE.KSPACE
  • by Prince Vegeta SSJ4 ( 718736 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:07PM (#8442422)
    Geez don't scare me, a quick glance at the article and I saw this:

    Dedeaux from Baton Rouge likes to suck his brother's ear

    and thought WTF is happening hear?

  • by prescot6 ( 731593 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:08PM (#8442444)

    Uhh... Could everybody stop going to the site? It's really feeling the burn of /. and my dog is expecting a really important e-mail from this bitch he met online last week.

    ...

  • Ditherati [ditherati.net]

    see after quote...

  • by RailGunner ( 554645 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:12PM (#8442486) Journal
    I want, nay, I demand equal representation for Cats. Discrimination against cats has gone on too long.. Felines have for far too long been portrayed in film and other media as villians - for example, why was Tom the Cat in the Tom and Jerry cartoons the villians? Why was Sylvester inept and always scared? My cat tells me that she's not taking it, and the claws will come out if they have to!

    This could very well be the most important civil rights issue in a long time. ;)

    • Oh - there's a Catster out there, so Cats are equally represented. Damn.. makes the joke a lot less funny.

      I guess all I have now is to channel Roseanna Roseannadanna and say "Never Mind".

  • ...coming soon to match.com:

    I am a:
    __ man seeking woman
    __ woman seeking man
    __ man seeking man
    __ woman seeking woman
    __ dog seeking dog
    __ man seeking dog
    __ woman seeking dog
    __ dog seeking man
    __ dog seeking woman
    ...

  • by dr_dank ( 472072 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:19PM (#8442561) Homepage Journal
    Looks like Dogster has been put to sleep.
    • Well, at least yawning.

      Actually, it's kinda a pleasant surprise to see a highly dynamic php site still up when the norm at this point is a refused connection or the endearing classic 'mysql cannot open any more connections' error.

      Dogster's developers/hoster get's a gold star for planning ahead!
  • Gus (God rest his beloved soul) was a wonderful little terrier mutt thing. We adopted him when he found him starving in the streets. Although he improved under our care, he was old and sick and never gained full health in the few months we had him before he passed away.

    But, ahhh, the girlie dogs loved him! Because Gus had a special passion for using his little dog tongue to please the ladies. It was his favorite passtime. One petstore owner actually had to ask me to stop letting him please the bitc

  • by malelder ( 414533 ) <kurtchristNO@SPAMoutlook.com> on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:22PM (#8442594)
    For me to poop on!

    Sorry :/

  • Pets.com anyone? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Saint Stephen ( 19450 ) on Tuesday March 02, 2004 @01:23PM (#8442611) Homepage Journal
    It's official: Friendster and Instant Messaging are in a bubble. I swear to freaking god, people will fall for the same crapola time after time after time after time. Remember, people once thought pets.com was a GREAT idea!

    It's times like this I'm glad Silicon Valley is being outsourced.
  • Come on now, I am three miles from the dogster.com server in Gainesville, Fl, and I can't access it.

    *goes off looking for the "pause Internet" button*
  • First it was e-... eToys, eBay, e-dreamz

    Then Steve Jobs came along, and convinced that "i" was a much cooler letter... iMac, iBook, iPod, iTunes.

    Now everything is -ster... Napster, Friendster, Feedster, Dogster, BulkRegister (oh wait...).

    WILL THE MADNESS NEVER END?!?!?
  • Suddenly the story below this one about a series of catastrophic asteroid strikes leveling most of the life on the planet doesn't seem like such a bad thing after all.
    It's all about perspective.
  • Check out the Dotcom [anjo.com] web-page...
  • given it is in San Francisco bay area:-)
  • I don't usually post comments like this, but Jesus Christ, you sad fucks!

  • From the article: "listings of likes and pet peeves."

    Shouldn't that be "human peeves"?

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