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They Send Valentine's Cards to Pampered Pets

Updated 8:20 AM ET February 8, 2001 LONDON (Reuters) - The British are often mocked for caring more for their pets than their children -- and now they can even send a Valentine's card to their favorite animal.

"This is a trend which is set to increase as people look upon pets as one of the family -- giving Valentine's cards is a natural progression of this," said a spokeswoman for Woolworths which is stocking the cards in five major stores.

"Some owners use their pets as a way to meet people they secretly admire when they are out walking their dogs, at pigeon racing clubs, cat shows or even the vet's waiting room. It's a good way of breaking the ice," she added.

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