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Demographics, income feed rising trend in pet ownership in U.S.

What with Grumpy Cat and therapy goats, $150 granite cat food bowls and $2,600 Gucci dog carriers, it's easy to think that a society that has dedicated pet bakeries, canine-only cable channels and a cat with more Twitter followers than the Dalai Lama has (forgive us) seriously gone to the dogs in recent years.

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Quick, she's being cute again: How to capture those pet poses

Your pet is doing that thing again. It's the cutest thing ever, and it must be snapped, shared and forever immortalized on social media. Cats and Dogs of Instagram, here we come. But what happens? Just as you reach for the camera to compose the killer shot, your subject bolts. The moment is gone forever, as are your dreams of Instagram stardom.

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Rover on Twitter: Pets are social media stars, but how do they type?

The world has come a long way since 1993, when the New Yorker published Peter Steiner's cartoon of two canines above the caption: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog," making us laugh at the absurd notion of household pets on the World Wide Web. Now, more than a dozen years later, your dog - or cat or hedgehog or pot-bellied pig - is a nobody unless it's got an Instagram account, Twitter feed, Facebook page - or all three. Here's a look at some of the animal kingdom's current social media standouts.

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For some lucky dogs, chef-owners are creating and cooking meals to drool over

Chef Bryant Ng's chicken rice recipe calls for jasmine rice cooked in a ginger broth and poached free-range chicken. It's a minimalist dish, without any of the Singaporean-Vietnamese flavors, the fermented shrimp paste and sambal sauces that Ng used at Spice Table or that will load the menu at his new restaurant, Cassia. This is because Ng cooks his chicken rice dish not for his legion of devoted diners but for his dog, Teddy, full name Theodore Roosevelt Luu-Ng, a Yorkshire terrier.

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What to do when the man of your dreams comes with a nightmare dog?

LOS ANGELES: You're not sure it's going to happen for you, but it does: You find the mate of your dreams. He has an enviable Pacific Palisades, address and you both have top journalism jobs. So can a galoopy mutt named Eddie - granted, one whose antics prompted the post office to put the house on a "do not deliver" list - really rain on your parade?

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Animal Tales | All about Avis

Hey everyone … my name is Avis, and I am a certified therapy dog (Therapy Dogs International). This is me with my badge and certificate for 50+ visits. Aren’t I handsome?

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Animal Tales | All about Buddy

Hello! My name is Buddy, the mini-goldendoodle, and I am from Indiana. My owners decided this year to hide from the snow and cold, and move down to Myrtle Beach. This is my first year at the beach, and I am loving it.

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Animal Tales | All about Peanut

My name is Peanut, and I ran away from home and moved next door with my new parents in Pawleys Island. I think I must be a Maine Coon cat because I climb trees like my squirrel friends, not like cats do.

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Animal Tales | All about Spats

Hi, my name is Spats. I was a rescue and picked out a good dad, and I’m easily spoiled. I live with my dad, who takes good care of me. I only have three legs because I had an accident one night and shattered my leg, and it had to be removed. I can still run and play, and might catch me a lizard if I’m lucky.

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Animal Tales | All about Bogart

My name is Bogart, but my parents, Walt and Sheila, call me Bogie, and we live in Longs. I turned 1 year old in February, and my parents had a party for me. I was rescued by them several months ago, and I love my new home. I like to hide under blankets and behind curtains and play. I talk a lot, too. I’m most lovable in the mornings, and I sleep next to my mommy every night in her bed. I hope other people rescue animals and give them nice homes like I have.

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Animal Tales | All about Buddy, Cooper and Duffy

We are three mini-dachshund brothers — Buddy, Cooper and Duffy — who came to live in our forever homes on the same day in November. Our mommies are three friends who taught third grade together. They plan for us to have regular doggie play dates. Life is good!

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Animal Tales | All about Buddy, Cooper and Duffy

We are three mini-dachshund brothers — Buddy, Cooper and Duffy — who came to live in our forever homes on the same day in November. Our mommies are three friends who taught third grade together. They plan for us to have regular doggie play dates. Life is good!

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Animal Tales | All about Bentley and Simon

These beautiful horses are Bentley and Simon Carter. They are both Dutch Warmbloods, and they live at Pleasant Grove Farms. When the Carter family moved from Las Vegas, these two horses traveled, too!! The Carter animal family of Myrtle Beach also includes four dogs and a cat.

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