Stock Picks for Pet Lovers

The relationship with our dogs has changed a lot since I was growing up. Back when I was a child, a dog was something a family got for the kids. That dynamic has changed over the last few decades as the growth of households headed by singles or couples without children has increased. Dogs are no longer for the kids; they are our kids. This is even reflected in the names we give our canine friends. Popular names such as Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Marmaduke and Princess have been replaced by Charley, Patty and Robbie.

I recently moved into a condo on the bay in Miami -- a large 40-story complex that is very dog friendly. On our thrice daily walks, Cooper (my four-year-old golden retriever) and I met scores of our neighbors. The odd thing is I can tell you just about every name of the dogs in my building but only know about four or five of the residents by name....433 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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