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Imagine this scenario: You run a company that sells wine for cats and you’re looking to expand your market. What should you do? If you didn’t immediately jump out of your seat and yell, “Make wine for dogs!” you definitely don’t have what it takes to run a company that sells wine for cats.

Back in June (not that long ago, really), we covered Apollo Peak, a company that started making non-alcoholic, beet juice-colored, catnip-infused “wine for cats” – a red called “Pinot Meow” and a white called “MosCATo.” You can see where this is going…

“We had always planned on doing something for dogs,” Apollo Peak founder Brandon Zavala told The Huffington Post in a way that makes him sound like the Donald Trump of pet wines. Of course he was going to do something for dogs. Who said he wasn’t going to do something for dogs?!

After wine for cats got all the media attention it obviously deserved, Zavala said dog owners demanded something for their companion of choice as well. Boom. ZinFanTail and CharDOGNay were born.

Once again, these “wines” don’t contain any alcohol or grapes – both of which shouldn’t be consumed by pets. Instead, the wines for dogs are also colored with beet juice. What makes the dog wines unique, therefore, is that instead of being made with catnip, the dog versions are brewed with peppermint or chamomile which will supposedly help chill your dog out. “It’s more of a relaxant,” said Zavala. “They’ll get more of that mellow mood.” Time to break out your Dr. Dog records, I guess.

Once again, disclaimer, you should probably talk to your vet before giving these wines to your pets. As Tina Wismer, medical director for the ASPCA Poison Control Center, told HuffPo, chamomile can cause problems for dogs, though they “usually arise after chronic (daily) ingestion and are usually limited to cats.” Fair enough. I mean, humans probably shouldn’t drink wine every single day either – not that we listen.