Fido Has a Drinking Problem
By Victoria Bekiempis
On a recent weekend at Miami's storied Biltmore Coral Gables - a landmarked luxury resort that, in online promotional materials, boasts of "hand-painted frescos on barrel-vaulted ceilings, brilliant travertine floors, fine marble columns" as well as a Moorish tower, spa, golf course, and 85-foot decorative waterfall - a pack of dogs got together for brunch.
The canine diners - a griyo that included a bichon frise, several Yorkshire terriers and some mixed breeds - sat in high chairs at tables with white tablecloths as waiters served them wine. Wine for dogs, that is.
"They just lick it all up," Laly Albalate, owner of Doggie Bag Café, a restaurant, boutique and pet party company in Miami tells Newsweek. "It's a delicious libation." Albalate's decision to serve Yappy Hour Vineyard's vintage - a nonalcoholic meat gravy produced by the California company and sold in wine bottles - is part of the recent trend in pet pampering. Adult-themed beverages for animals have been a growing trend in the pet product industry over the past few years. Dogs have gone from playing the part of faithful companion to drinking buddy. Think Sideways meets Beethoven.
"They are treats, and should not make up the main part of your pet's daily diet," Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, wrote in an e-mail to Newsweek.
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