Amigo of The Year

The award for 2011 goes to the Latin American gentleman who refused to believe that his fellow citizens preferred dogs to cats and dared to say so in the letter pages of the Economist.

I fear this enlightened man may have been a lone(ish) voice in Latin America as costly pet care is a booming new market for the indigenous pooches. For example, Chile has more pet dogs per person than any other country and the flea-scratchers are becoming more spoiled by the day in a continent where dog food outsells cat food by almost six to one.

It seems the foul beasts are being treated as though they were human babies and live cosseted lives with painted claws and fancy dress outfits.



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