In changing Saudi Arabia, first dog cafe delights pet lovers

Dog owners in Saudi Arabia can now enjoy a cup of coffee alongside their beloved pets at a new cafe — a first for the ultra-conservative kingdom.In Islam, dogs are considered unclean animals — unlike cats — and are generally banned from public places in Saudi Arabia.But The Barking Lot, which opened its doors in June in the coastal city of Khobar, has delighted animal lovers in a country where there are few places to take pets outside the home.The country’s once-notorious religious police used to ban the walking of pets, saying men were using it as a means to make passes at women.But the ba…

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