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Call me fussy but in order for me to want to spend some of my precious leisure time with a person, they have to pass one very important test - the pint test. If I can't have an enjoyable pint with you down the pub then, in the words of Duncan Bannatyne, "I'm oot."
However, this tried and tested method falls apart when it comes to dogs, for two reasons - a) because I've never met a dog I didn't immediately want to have a pint with (excluding various arsehole Chihuahuas I've had the misfortune of being introduced to, but let's face it, they aren't really dogs, are they?), and b) because dogs can't drink pints, can they?
Well, now they can.
Thanks to a company called Woof and Brew, the days of staring longingly at your faithful old ball of fur and thinking "I really wish I could have a pint with you, mate" are over.
Credit: Woof and Brew
Woof and Brew have replicated the taste of beer as closely as possible, without any of the ingredients that could be harmful to your pup - including alcohol - so that you can enjoy a nice game of fetch in the park, before heading open and bonding over a cold one. It's the scientific breakthrough the world has been waiting for.
And it doesn't end at beer either; if your dog is less 'hairy-arsed beer-guzzler' and more 'classy urban socialite' then you might want to give Woof and Brew's Pawsecco a go instead. The list of ingredients wouldn't sound at all out of place on the blackboard at some east London hipster juice bar, so if your dog's into all that sort of stuff then he/she will probably love it.
Pet-House White Pawsecco Composition - An infusion of Elderflower, Nettle, Ginseng and Limeflower,
Pet-House Rose Pawsecco Composition - An infusion of Elderflower, Nettle, Ginseng, Limeflower and Carrot.
Credit: Woof and Brew
As well as beer and wine alternatives for dogs, Woof and Brew produce a range of teas that have gone down a storm with thirsty pups.
"We used to run a tea-shop and many dog owners would say their dogs like to have a cup of tea, but the caffeine and milk in the tea isn't really suitable for dogs," explains creator Steve Bennett, "So we came up with a range of herbal teas they can enjoy without negative effects.
"Some dogs take to it straight away - Billy [Bennett's dog] went mad for it - and others take a few days to get used to it, but owners have reported good feedback and lots of benefits."
Words: Paddy Maddison
Featured Image Credit: Flickr/Sephiroty Magno Fiesta (Creative Commons)
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