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International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a day for the dogs. And, that's because there is no one else who can really appreciate the true value of a dog biscuit. They say "Every dog has his day". And, it will definitely be his day, when you give him some tasty dog biscuits. There are lots of recipes around to hand make them too!

Dog biscuits have possibly been around since at least Roman times, though they were far from the kind of dog treats we pamper our furry friends with today. The earliest dog biscuits were actually very old, hard, stale bread. Back then "bad bread" was considered "dog's bread." To be honest, dogs of the time were probably quite happy to get them.

By the 19th century hunters would give sporting dogs hard barley meal biscuits for energy on a hunt. Grain-only biscuits were slowly upgraded to include vegetables, meat and bone meal. These were homemade and, of course, did not come in any fun shapes or flavours.

According to legend, in the late 1850's, an electrician from Cincinnati named James Spratt saw a bunch of dogs crunching on the cheap, rock-hard biscuits sailors of the day would eat on ships. That sparked an idea for Spratt and in 1860 he created Spratt's Patented Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes. They were made with meat and sold as dog food.

As dogs evolved from guards and workers to beloved companions and family members, so has the humble dog biscuit evolved. There are still plain dry dog biscuits around, but the dog snacks and treats that really show the love are far more intriguing to a dog's sense of taste and smell, and desire to chew. Today's dog treats and snacks reward good behaviour. They motivate dogs to do tasks or perform entertaining tricks. Dog treats communicate your love and affection in a language all dogs understand.

Thanks to meetup.com for sharing the information.

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monza006

Thanks JC, skpy and Nancy. I must say we have not seen any dogs since arriving at my holiday destination. Lots of cats only. I wonder where they hide their dogs here?? LOL

Nancy1949

I love I mean love the piggy biscuit. The puzzle was great thanks so much

skpy

So much for doggie diet - tomorrow perhaps!

jcarroll

Another fun dog related puzzle, Mandy! Thanks! And, yes, we give our dogs those little biscuits, too!