Your friends are cooing about their new baby. Oh, yeah, it's a dog.
"Pets have become the first child," says pet industry analyst R.J. Hottovy, explaining why even in tough economic times, spending on our animals continues to climb.
Instead of investing in a human baby (and his college education), we're getting started with dogs, cats, birds, fish.
Source: CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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