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Holiday shoppers are splurging on pet gifts
Holiday shoppers are splurging on pet gifts

Eric Bouffard and Tamiko Manago were suffering through that familiar Christmas ritual: coaxing their little one to look into the camera while perched on Santa's lap. "Right here, Charlie! Look here, Charlie!" Manago implored one recent night at Westside Pavilion. The photographer shook a string of jingle bells. Finally, Charlie glanced in the right direction, ensuring the perfect holiday snapshot. Charlie is a 5-year-old terrier mix. "We don't have kids, we have the dog," Bouffard, 40, said with a sheepish smile. "We did this last year, and that was our Christmas card. Our whole family loved it." In another sign of the rising status of...

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