The DogChannel Newswire (07-23-10)

Raising the bar on pet décor; more restaurants allowing dogs to dine; and other news.

Raising the Bar on Pet Décor
There was a time when pets were pets. They had bowls and beds, and that was about it. Then something changed. Now, some animal lovers are not just buying aesthetically pleasing pet supplies, but creating their own animal-friendly design solutions to complement their human-centric décor, The New York Times reports.
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More Restaurants Let You Take Your Dog to Dinner
From coast to coast, an ever-growing number of eating establishments, many of them high-end, are opening their patios to diners who want to share their eating-out experience with their pets – with many offering menus for canine patrons, USA Today reports.
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House OKs Narrow Bill on Animal Cruelty
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to make it a federal crime to sell videos depicting animal cruelty in response to a Supreme Court ruling that struck down an earlier version of the law. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley), the bill’s chief sponsor, said the measure addressed the court’s free-speech concerns while aiming to stop so-called animal crush videos, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Pet Lover Warns of Rat Poison in Georgetown
A shop owner in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is warning pet owners of a potential danger she discovered in the neighborhood: Someone has been dumping rat poison in the area. Jane Huelle, who runs The Dog Shop, discovered neon green rat poison pellets on the sidewalk and outside her business. While those pellets are meant to take care of rodent problems, they can be deadly to dogs and cats, NBC Washington reports.
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