Thanks to The Register-Guard for this fun story.
Hot dog? Austrians try to cool them down
The Associated Press
Monday, July 23, 2007
VIENNA, Austria – It’s fat-free, comes in three flavors, and it’s for … dogs. Introducing “Dogissimo” – an ice cream created specifically for canines which has gone on sale at a Vienna ice cream parlor.
And with temperatures in the Austrian capital topping 95 degrees Fahrenheit for almost a week, the treat – available in rice, vanilla-rice and soy flavors – has the potential to become a hit during the dog days of summer.
Simona Leonardini, an Italian who concocted the creamy delight, said she hopes it will help man’s best friend deal with the sizzling summer heat.
“I own three dogs myself and if it’s hot, they desperately need to cool down,” she said.
Leonardini, who declined to divulge the recipe, used her Golden Retrievers as taste testers. She also consulted with veterinarians and stressed that the “doggie dessert” doesn’t contain any additives or artificial food coloring.