That deep  recession that we have been going these past few years may be winding down.  That's the word from a new economic indicator....dog parties!

"Lavish and expensive dog birthday parties are on the rise! Betty Wong, owner of Pawtisserie, a dog bakery in Brooklyn specializing in natural dog treats, has seen a sharp increase in the number of people throwing birthday parties for their dogs. She says, "We've seen a rise in the number of birthday cake orders during the past few years, and the numbers are steadily growing." And if organizing a pet birthday bash seems daunting, Dorothy Moore can help. In 2005, Moore opened The Dining Dog Cafe in Edmonds, Washington, featuring a pet-friendly restaurant for dogs and their owners. Complete with white tablecloths, soft music and chandeliers, doggie birthday parties are popular at the restaurant. She organized about 100 dog parties last year, ranging in price from $100 to $500.

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