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You Think You've Got Problems?

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Yes, you might get fired next year. Yes, your only hope of not closing down 50% may be based on how charitable a fat guy and his reindeer are feeling. Yes, you might have career-hindering pores. But here's a little reality check: you don't know from problems. You want to talk about problems? About stress? About getting your face ripped off? Then talk to this guy.

Consider the supreme challenge that faced Bruce Curtis of Imagine Photography of Malta, official pet photographer for Saratoga socialite and extreme dog owner Michele Riggi. For this year's Riggi family Christmas card, Curtis was assigned to photograph 40 dogs and 7 Riggis. Most of Riggi's dogs are Chihuahuas, Papillons and other palm-sized breeds and Curtis has the eye-popping Riggi mansion on Broadway in Saratoga Springs as his backdrop. "But it's not like I can do the shot in 10 minutes like the mall photo places," Curtis said. Family members started getting antsy after about 15 minutes, but Curtis could only work so fast when he had to position and coordinate so many moving parts. In addition, eight of the little Riggi dogs have issues. They get stressed out when they're in close proximity with the other 32.

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