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International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
23 February 2016
What a fantastic day for our canine friends – surely their favourite day of the year?
Dog treats are definitely not what they used to be! History shows that the earliest versions were made using stale, mouldy bread, rotting meat and rock-hard ‘biscuits’ made out of grain.
The first dog biscuits were developed in the mid-19th century by American manufacturer James Spratt. He developed the idea after visiting Liverpool, where he observed stray dogs hungrily tucking into ship’s biscuits. The first Spratts biscuits were produced in London, with a secret recipe including meat, grains and vegetables and were called ‘Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes’.
In 1908, the F.H. Bennett Biscuit Co in New York made the first hard-baked, bone-shaped biscuits, made of various minerals, cow’s milk and meat products. These were called Milk-Bones.
Obviously dog treats have come a long way since then. Nowadays they taste good (we believe!), they can help clean dogs’ teeth, and they are often used as a reward for good behaviour.
Join us in celebrating International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day – and send us a photo of your dog munching their favourite treat. Just remember to make sure that you choose a treat that is specifically for dogs – and don’t overdo it – they do contain calories so remember to factor that in to your dog’s daily diet.