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Drunken Dog is a Yeasty Beast, Pet-Owner Discovers

The perfect hangover recipe is much disputed. But one ingredient on which everyone with a pounding head and churning stomach agrees is the hair of the dog.

Bingo the dog, who ate yeasty dough that fermented to alcohol in his stomach

You'd look hang-dog, too, if you were hung over

But what if the drunken party animal IS a dog? A three-year-old, 40 kilogram (88 lb) Labrador Retriever named Bingo, to be exact?

That question recently arose in Austria, after a hunter in the mountain town of Bad Goisern realized his trusty pet could barely stay on its feet.

He rushed the dog to the vet, complaining that along with all the bobbing and weaving, the animal's breath "smelled more like a beer garden than a doghouse."

Fermentation Follies

Had Bingo gone on a binge-o? Perhaps in an effort to forget his name-o?

Benito, a 5-year-old Chihuahua, drinks beer from a bowl in the southern town of Hulst, Netherlands, Sunday Jan. 21, 2007. Terrie Berenden, a pet shop owner in the town of Zelhem created a non-alcoholic beer for her Weimaraner dog made from beef extract and malt, and consigned a local brewery to make and bottle the beer, called Kwispelbier, after the word kwispel, which is Dutch for wagging a tail. (AP Photo/Albert Seghers)

In Holland, they make non-alchoholic beer for dogs

Oh, no. The hunter's liquor stocks were all accounted for. What was missing, though, was a half a kilo (1 lb.) of freshly prepared bread dough, which never quite made it from the rising board into the oven.

Instead, it fermented inside the hungry hound's stomach until -- bingo! -- the dog was stinking drunk.

Not fit to drive

The clinic veterinarian said Bingo had a blood-alcohol level of 1.6 per mille which, if he weren't a canine, would have also put him well past Austria's legal driving limit of 0.5 per mille. (Not to mention how hard it would be to take a decent drivers' license photo.)

Bingo's owner took the situation in stride. "Some catty people say hunters are often drunk," he said. "In my case, it's the dog."

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney makes a speech in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Feb. 23, 2007

Cheney often broke into song after a few bread rolls

Which leaves one to wonder about the incident, some two years ago, in which US Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally mistook his hunting buddy for a quail and fired a round of birdshot into his chest.

The big news was Cheney's late-day admission that he had drunk a beer at lunch prior to the incident. Next time, investigators may want to probe just how many dinner rolls the Veep downs with his barbecue.

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