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In the BCG growth share matrix, the quadrant representing companies, especially subsidies, that require minimal cash injections but have low market shares, and therefore usually operate with little or no profit. These companies usually exist in mature industries with well established but not very profitable markets, products, or brands. Some analysts recommend selling dogs, as they have little potential for growth; however, because they require little capital to operate, they may be useful and may perhaps produce an earnings surprise. See also: Marketing, Portfolio analysis.
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Slang for an undesirable property.

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A smart dog collar is a tech-empowered collar that can help track the action and area of the pet.
However, the dog collar -- developed by Berkeley, California-based Apisphere -- may end up with a bigger market than expected.
"We have designed a pet product unlike anything seen before: a bottle opener and dog collar in one.
Susannah dressed in a dog collar with real-life vicar Rosie Harper
Dr John Sentamu, who cut up his dog collar live on TV in a protest against Robert Mugabe's regime, called for the new movement as he announced a special service and rally for the people of Zimbabwe.
THE ARCHBISHOP of York cut up his dog collar on live television yesterday in a dramatic protest against Robert Mugabe's rule.
THE Archbishop of York cut up his dog collar on live television in a dramatic protest against Robert Mugabe's rule.
Jian Torres-Jones, 18, danced alone, a glow-in-the-dark rubber ring attached to the studded dog collar around her neck.
There is a rich vein of dark humour, too, especially on You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison and It's Not A Fashion Statement, It's A F***g Death Wish, when Way dressed as a camp vicar complete with dog collar.
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Enhanced with a profusion of color drawings, it outlines over 6,000 real oddities, from a re-creation of DaVinci's Mona Lisa from a piece of burnt toast to a six-year-old's invention of a battery-powered dog collar that glows in the dark.
A district court in Fukuoka Prefecture on Tuesday sentenced a 36-year-old man to three years in prison, suspended for five years, for killing his mother after abusing her by beating and chaining her up with a dog collar.