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Don't fret .. your pet won't get well & truly canined Hooch for pooches; THE TASTIEST BEERS AND WINES FOR DOGS? LEADING VOLUNTEERS GIVE THEIR VERDICTS.

Byline: Heather Greenaway

Forget begging for a walk or a biscuit man's best friend might prefer you to just crack open a bottle of beer or a bottle of rose.

With several ranges of doggy beers and wines on the market, lucky pups across the country can now share a cheeky wee pint with their human pals on a Saturday night.

While owners chill out with a beer and Netflix, their fourlegged friends can kick back with a bottle of Bottom Sniffer or a pint of Snuffles.

And for pooches with a more refined taste in drink, there's Pawsecco - available in white or rose pawfect for a night in with the girls.

These bizarre beverages, which are available from major pet shops across Scotland, including Pets At Home, give a whole new meaning to hair of the dog.

Before there's an outcry about cruelty to animals, none of these doggy drinks contain alcohol and they are all made from natural ingredients approved by vets.

Bottom Sniffer by the Woof & Brew company contains flax, dandelion, burdock and nettle - and is apparently designed to give your dog real "tail swagger".

People tempted to have a cheeky swig might be put off by the brewer's claim that the drink helps dogs produce an odour which will be the envy of their doggy peers when having their bottom sniffed.

Woof & Brew are also behind the Pawsecco range of wines - made from a yummy-sounding blend of elfderflower, nettle, ginseng and limeflower. Snuffle Dog Beer is made in a Belgian brewery and is a combination of beef, chicken and barley extracts.

With costs ranging between PS1.99 and PS2.99 a bottle, your furry pal isn't exactly a cheap date but, in a culture where folk love to pamper their pooches, doggy wine and beer is going down a treat.

It's not just alcohol that has been given a canine twist - popcorn, cheese, gravy, cookies and even cappuccino have been reinvented doggy style.

Peamutt Butter, Caramel Yappuccino, Yaky Charms Popcorn and Wagg' mmms Dog Gravy are just some of the crazy treats available for hungry hounds.

From fancy clothes and flashy accessories to tasty snacks and dog hotels offering massages and spas, our four-legged friends have never had it so good.

These days, the expression "it's a dog's life" has a whole new meaning. In many ways, we all want what they are having.

As a wag to the Sunday Mail Pub Spy column, we invited three very special pups into the studio to try out some doggy drinks and nibbles.

Our Dug Spy recruits Eivissa the chihuahua and podencos Sabueso and Zorro lapped it up, while one sniff had me running for a bucket.

Zorro lapped it all up.

It was his dream drink POOCH VERDICT

Bottom Sniffer Beer - PS1.99, The Range The podencos went crazy for this, lapping it up like it was going out of fashion. Zorro had a massive smile on his face and a dreamy look in his eye.

He had obviously been transported to doggy heaven. Tiny Eivissa was not impressed - clearly it wasn't to her delicate taste.

Snuffle Chicken Beer - PS2.99, Pets At Home Sabueso drank half a glass and Zorro managed a quarter so it got a semi-paws-up from the big boys. Again, the chihuahua turned her nose up, leaving the remainder for her pals.

Pawsecco House Rose Wine - PS2.35, Pets At Home This time it was Eivissa who triumphed in the tipple stakes. The cutie licked the glass clean and was whimpering for more. But for the butch boys, it was a definite "not on your nelly".

It smelled rank so I left it for my furry friends

MY VERDICT Bottom Sniffer Beer - PS1.99, The Range I'm afraid just one sniff of this made me gag. Think I'm a Celebrity Bushtucker Trials only worse. It smelled rank - a mixture of stinky meat and musky fermented oats. I couldn't face even sipping it. But then it's not meant for humans. I was quite happy to leave it for my furry pals.

Snuffle Chicken Beer - PS2.99, Pets At Home I managed a sip of this and it reminded me of a cold, watered-down version of Bovril. I've tasted worse things but won't be ordering it for myself at a shop anytime soon.

Pawsecco House Rose Wine - PS2.35, Pets At Home This was surprisingly okay. It tasted like a very weak elderflower cordial. I managed one mouthful without gagging.

Even though it didn't make me sick, I think I'll leave doggy wine to its intended audience.

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