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New class of pampered purebred dogs emerges in Cuba

Lourdes Ortega spent nine years castrating cattle and ridding pigs of parasites until a chronic nerve disease forced her out of veterinary medicine, leaving her struggling for two decades to raise three sons as a single mother on disability.

Then opportunity appeared in the form of a year-old Chihuahua named Macorina.

A university professor who worked nights hired Ortega to feed, walk and groom Macorina in 2013 for $28 a month, more than the average state salary. The little dog became the first client of a flourishing small business once unimaginable in Cuba. Today Ortega's three-room Havana home is a sea of squirming, yipping beagles, Chihuahuas and dachshunds, bringing...

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