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Fido down in the dumps? I have just the thing.

Beer for dogs. Yes, really.

Kwispelbier is a non-alcoholic beer with beef extract concocted by a Dutch pet shop owner for her weimaranars, although apparently it is sutable for other breeds of mutt too, and is fit for human consumption, if rather expensive - at four times the price of Dutch cooking lager. Given that dogs tend to do a lot of things sober that humans do when drink has been taken, I do not suppose we will be seeing a vast outbreak of canine malfeasance

Thanks to Werner for the story.
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Anonymous flamingstratman said... 10:04 am

One thing for shure is that it does not fit in the german "reinheitsgebot"
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinheitsgebot), so it cannot be sold under the name of "beer" in Germany. Personally I think beer with beef is a bit like - crisps with roasted lamb flavour :)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:27 am

I have heard tales of cider production historically including a dead rat or two, although this may well be an urban, or rather rural, myth.

Meanwhile, have you heard of hedgehog crisps?  

Anonymous flamingstratman said... 11:15 am

I would have tried the hedgehog crisps. To give truth the honour I liked the lamb flavoured. We´re still starving for Walker´s Salt and Vinegar over here. Very hard to find them. Only source seem to be some "Subway" shops. Here´s an incredible link about everything and more about crisps http://www.taquitos.net/ .  

Anonymous Somchai said... 12:01 pm

Ref 'Europe Be Fruitful & Multiply' + 'C - post it anywhere while problems last':

HK Chief wants HK women to breed more (3 babies each as opposed to current 0.9).

HK limits/fines heavily pregnant women arriving from mainland China. Even if they want to stay???

(Both stories will 'google-out', my latest neoligism).

'Course, in The Blighted Isle you always have joined-up government.

Not one of my best - preferred the HP-eggs.  

Anonymous verity said... 4:22 pm

They should invent a champagne - or at least a Sancerre - for cats. Cats don't do beer.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:15 am

Somehow I cannot imagine beer of any description appealing to cats, so you may well be on to something there.  

Anonymous verity said... 1:25 pm

They could call the chilled cat drink Champagne on Mice  

Anonymous verity said... 1:28 pm

Or Pouilly Fishy.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:03 pm

Or, if your cat prefers a smooth, warm, sophisticated red, Cotes du Bone might do the trick.  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 3:39 pm

I have owned dogs that enjoyed both beer and wine , before anybody accuses me of animal abuse they would always drink it by choice if I left a glass unattended.
I did give one of them a pint on the morning i was going to have him put down.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:57 pm

And it would have to be Shiraz for a Persian.  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 7:14 pm

And it would have to be Shiraz for a Persian.
Followed by a flogging from some Mullah  

Anonymous verity said... 10:39 pm

Harder drinker felines might prefer a Tom Cat Collins.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:17 pm

A lovelorn tomcat could be sitting on a barstool at 2 a.m. The only other patron at that lonely hour would be a large frog, three or four barstools down.

The tomcat could sing, "Set 'em up, Joe. There's a little story, I want you to know ...

"Make it one for my baby, and one more for the toad."  

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