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FURRY important - There is a mistake, EDIT

February 7th 2014 4:39 pm
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2/09/14 Edit: don't use the scan rule for photobucket files. Several furs reported that they had lots and lots of photobucket files downloaded to their puter when using it. Files that were not on the page they were trying to save. I have removed it from the scan rules listed below. Please check Abby's Dad's blog for details.

2/08/14 UPDATE - if you have an existing, old save that you did with HTTrack then don't delete it but do an update. If you delete it and start new it might take forever to do the new save. Here's how to do an update (read Abby's Dad's blog for all the info on everything HTTrack related, link is below):
"Beepers" on the Dogster forum posted a suggestion on how to speed up an update if you already have an existing download.

On the first option page, you can choose "Existing project name". Click the arrow to choose the one you want to update.
On the next page/screen, in the "Action" block, click the arrow again and choose *Update existing download.
Then click on "Set options" and the "Scan Rules" tab as usual. All your rules for the previous save will be there. Just add the new rules at the bottom and proceed as usual.

Here starts the original diary post from Feb. 7th:

Pals, things are never as easy as you think they should be. Especially catputers are furry complicated.

IF you saved your pages with HTTrack as suggested in my last diary, please be aware that the pages will NOT work after Catster goes away. Don't panic, you'll just have to re-save your pages. Please read all of this. I don't want you to end up with a garbled mess after Catster is closed!! Here is the start of Abby's Dad's blog to explain. (ALL CAPS added by me):

"Folks on the Dogster forums groups discovered that the archives would not work when they had no Internet connection. That implied that the download would stop working once Dogster/Catster shut down. I verified that this is a problem and am very sorry to say that ALL THE DOWNLOADS THAT EVERYONE HAS DONE TO THIS POINT WILL BE USELESS ONCE DOGSTER SHUTS DOWN. The web browser was doing some stuff behind the scenes that I wasn't aware of.
The Good News
I have a fix...."

If you are a dog
then please go to Abby's Dad's blog and copy the new scan rules and re-save your pages. Here is Abby's Dad's blog.

then you already know that you are extra special. The scan rules need to be modified. Abby's Dad has also figured that out for us. This should work for cats: (take out the spaces in every line, Catster will add spaces)

UPDATE 2/08/14 I copied the below rules directly from Abby's Dad's blog (remove the spaces as always)

Copy and paste everything into a word document, also the litte -* at the beginning. REPLACE the ID 590841 with your own!!! There is three places where you have to replace the ID with your ID. You might not need the last two lines if you have no pictures or background from flickr. I left them in anyway because it doesn't hurt anything. After you replace my cat ID with your own ID, copy and paste these scan rules into HTTrack. See Abby's blog for instructions about how to use HTTrack.

Test your saved page by disconnecting from the internet. (click on your wireless connection bars and select disconnect. Don't just close your browser, disconnect. That will simulate not having Catster/Dogster there anymore and if your page works that way then it will still be there after Catster/Dogster is gone.

I needed to give you this information since I told you in my last diary entry that this is a good way to save your stuff. I still like HTTrack a lot but I don't want you to have nothing, so please re-save or ask for help. Please go to the All Paws Bulletin Group if you have questions.

Yours truly,
hard at work saving,


If you need help saving your pages

February 2nd 2014 2:20 pm
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I have been a busy little beaver and tried out different ways to save our stuff. We like HTTrack best. It makes a mirror of your page and then you can access it offline after Catster is gone (*sniff*). It saves your page and the photo album with comments, all your diary pages with comments. It doesn't take long. Try it. Here's the instructions:

How to save your page

This is Abby's Dad's blog and he's brilliant. There's also stuff about how to save your videos.
The page save instructions start where it says "Read this whole thing through". Read and follow carefully. It's not difficult. Heck, I got it figured out, so how hard can it be. It takes about 10-15 min to mirror one pet page. If it takes you MUCH longer then you did something wrong and should click on cancel. We didn't do the thing with the multiple url's at one time. We just did one pet and then the next and so on. Works great.

If you can't figure this out then pawmail us.

I wanted to mention the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
Many of you like it and I do to. But be aware, it ONLY saves your main page. If you want all of your diary pages, all your photos in the photo album, all comments in diary and on photos saved, then you have to open each page and save them all there. Otherwise it's most likely not gonna be there after Catster is gone. The Internet archive is neat to see what your page looked like in past years. There are sometimes old saves there. Just be careful. If you don't save every page of your diary there then it's not gonna be there after Caster closes. That's why I like HTTrack better.

Also Httrack saves stuff on my computer's c: drive and then I can make a backup on a flash drive, but Internet archive is on the Internet. What if it ever closes? Not the Internet, The Wayback Machine. What if they ever run out of funds or just disappear? Then all your stuff is gone.

Finally, if you have ANY questions at all about this saving pages stuff then please come to the Dogster and Catster All Paws Bulletin Group And just ask. There are no stupid questions. Furs there will help you.

Feeling kinda sad today because it's only one more month *sniff*


Contact info

January 21st 2014 6:14 am
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Hallo friends,

We are very sad. We don't want to loose our friends. We'll write more later but wanted you to know we have joined the forum dogsterfriends.freeforums.net

Also we have broken down and made a facebook page, just so that we can try and keep in contact with you all. Hopefully there will be an awesome site in the near future where we can all play together (cats and dogs) and have some, and that is safe and family friendly.

We are on facebook under the name Mietzi Diener. mietzi.diener@facebook.com
Would love to hear from all you Catster friends (((hugs)))



January 16th 2014 10:21 pm
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click link and sign please


What are we celebrating?

January 14th 2014 5:30 pm
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Wow, so much cake and balloons too. What's going on? What are we celebrating? Did the disappearing-code problem get fixed? Is that why the big pawty?

No, that didn't get fixed yet :(
You are working hard on that, right Catster? Night and Day?

Thank you friends for all the cake and balloons on my and Mietzi's page. I don't know if Mom will get around to send something back to you all but we love you!!! We apurriciate that you thought of us and sent us gifts.

Hugs, purrs and love,
Timo (and Mietzi too)


Do not make any changes to your pages whatsoever!

January 3rd 2014 5:07 am
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Update from Watchdog on the disappearing codes problem. Also see my previous diary entry: (I put part of his message in all caps because I don't know the code for bold)

The Bug Ticket for this problem has been created and your Community Team continues to do testing. We didn't have problems making changes to other parts of our pet profiles, but some posting here and elsewhere have said they did have problems. So for the time being, the safest thing to do is NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR PET PAGES, especially since recovering previous versions of pet pages would involve a server roll back.

As many of you have already done, keep passing the word.



December 31st 2013 2:53 pm
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Furs, don't make any changes to your bio fields. Stay out of the Fun Stuff area. There is a bug in Catster and Dogster. Several members had their bio fields totally wiped clean after they tried to make small changes. No code will stay in there. It all gets wiped clean. Here is a link to Watchdog explaining in the Dogster & Caster All Paws Bulletin group:
Watchdog discussing the problem.

His post in under BOLO (be on the lookout) on page 168


We HATE our new plates

April 3rd 2013 6:35 pm
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New plates came in the mail. They are so UGLY. Mom doesn't like them either. She didn't order new plates, only a new tag.

Our old plates had a nice number/letter compurrnation that we loved and had for years and years and had gotten used to. Apparently the Iowa DOT is running out of number/letter combos, so all new plates have Letter/Number compurrnations. Yuck. We hate it. Ours starts with A. We don't want A. We had nice letters from the middle of the alphabet.

Dear Iowa Department of Transpurrtation: If you HAVE TO send us new plates, why can't we keep our old number/letter compurrnation? Who is using that one right now anyway? Why can't we keep it?

Our Cat Recreational Vehicle looks so ugly with the new plates on it. I think I'll ask Mom to get us Purrsonalized plates. TUNA4ME or something like that :(


Happy Palm Sunday

March 24th 2013 1:04 pm
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Let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich"
Let the blind say, "I can see"
It's what the Lord has done in me

Let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich"
Let the blind say, "I can see"
It's what the Lord has done in me

Hosanna, hosanna To the Lamb that was slain
Hosanna, hosanna Jesus died and rose again
Hosanna, hosanna To the Lamb that was slain
Hosanna, hosanna Jesus died and rose again

To the river I will wade
There my sins are washed away
From the heavens' mercy streams
Of the Savior's love for me

I will rise from waters deep
Into the saving arms of God
I will sing salvation songs
Jesus Christ has set me free

Hosanna, sing hosanna to the Lord
To the Lamb that was slain
Unto the Lamb, forever, forever and ever


Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving us now. For saving all those that come to you.


Hey Furs!!

February 7th 2013 4:24 pm
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Meiko is new to Catster. He's a cool cat from TX and three years old. He sleeps in a King bed and has his own room. He's pretty new at his home too and right now he's busy training his humans (we all remember how much work that is).

He's writing a cool diary! He had one treat on his page and I left him another one but my laptoppy doesn't wanna do the F5 thing.

Let's show him some Catster love! Here's his page link
Meiko from Texas

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