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Arf, Arf. Fido Gets a Social Network

Perhaps the precursor to all this was "Millie's Book, the 1990 best seller supposedly penned by First Lady Barbara Bush's dog Millie. Now comes the announcement of Pet-Files.com, a Web Site/social network dedicated to pets. The idea is to let pet lovers see other's pets, read their blogs (ah, poor Snoopy left us far too early), get in touch through comments, rate photos and videos and just have fun with all things pet-related.

Pet-Files, which bills itself as the "world-wide pet community" said its free site offers unlimited photos, videos, profile pages and blogs -- and you don't even need to register. Finally, my cats can feel free to dish some real dirt without fear of retribution!

Marco Bellinaso, said in his own blog posting that he started Pet-files from his home in Italy after his attempts at a personal blog and one on technical subjects both "failed miserably." Now he's got a new pet project.

"I decided it's time to try again, this time with a blog about pets, my greatest passion together with software and technology," said Bellinaso in a blog posting where he also profiles Mescal, his three year-old cat.

For his part, Mescal blogs that his best trick is: "I can run away at the light speed when I need to. I also silently go after my human and not-human victims and make sudden little attacks that make everyone laugh."

Pets.com was one of the great Web failures, but who knows, maybe Pet-files is on to something.

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