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The U.S. pet economy didn't go to the dogs

Mia, a Chihuahua, climbs on her handler during a press conference ahead of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Mia, a Chihuahua, climbs on her handler during a press conference ahead of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Mia, a Chihuahua, climbs on her handler during a press conference ahead of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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A dog walks with its owner before the start of the New Yorkie Runway Doggie Fashion Show in New York February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A dog walks with its owner before the start of the New Yorkie Runway Doggie Fashion Show in New York February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A dog walks with its owner before the start of the New Yorkie Runway Doggie Fashion Show in New York February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Chino, an Afghan Hound from Sweden who is a champion in 14 countries and who won best in breed in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2012, drinks from a glass held by his handler during a press conference ahead of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Chino, an Afghan Hound from Sweden who is a champion in 14 countries and who won best in breed in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2012, drinks from a glass held by his handler during a press conference ahead of the 137th Westminster Kennel...more

Chino, an Afghan Hound from Sweden who is a champion in 14 countries and who won best in breed in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2012, drinks from a glass held by his handler during a press conference ahead of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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