Social Networking, D.ggy Style

Santa's Helpers - John De Boer

Everyone knows at least one person who has a "special" relationship with their pet. And maybe you are one who does. If so, you'll want to get your pet online - although we're not sure how to overcome the navigation/typing obstacle...

Dogster.com
Dogster allows pets to have their own profiles, with everything you'd expect from a human social networking site and more. Local resources, adoption information, and even doggy dynamics, where owners use a sliding scale to describe their dog's energy, intelligence, friendliness, playfulness and disposition.

(We're betting most dogs are genius or silly, with few falling in between.)

The profiles resemble MySpace pages, with Pup Pals, photos and videos de rigueur for the 351,740 registered pooches.

Needless to say, the same people next created....

Catster.com
...which has 147,568 kitties listed at time of writing.

Membership to either site is free, but it's clear this is no monkey business (although websites for other popular pets are coming). The advertisers are big name, and Dogster.com recently received $1m from an angel investors.

PawSpot
For those with a more practical approach, PawSpot features profiles of owners and pets together. The community element of the site is more service orientated, helping people find local services and care.


Now if only you didn't have to type the email to that cute Affenpinscher down the street on behalf of Fido...