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German Labrador Retriever Bingo Gets Drunk on Bread Dough

Is there a twelve-step program for bread dough? Thanks to DW-World.de for this article. Drunken Dog is a Yeasty Beast, Pet-Owner Discovers The perfect hangover...

Joy  |  Jan 10th 2008


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Is there a twelve-step program for bread dough?

Thanks to DW-World.de for this article.

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.

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?

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.”

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