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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 for sharing the information.

If you want to know what I am celebrating tomorrow feel free to return to this page after 10 pm (GMT - UK) when I will post a link to preview tomorrow's celebration puzzle.


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Can I come and join you .... I need a vacation ...


Lucky you Mandy, LOL,


Sounds perfect Mandy! :>)


Thanks everyone, I've not actually seen any dogs here. Only cats!! Just sitting by the beach having a cold drink and taking advantage of a free WiFi!


Mandy - good to hear you've arrieved and wish you all the best for the vacation!!!!

If there is a day for anything - Mandy will find it, LOL. Thank you for another interesting info and fun images.


Glad to hear you've arrived safely and are about to enjoy your holidays, Mandy.
Thanks for taking time to post the latest WK puzzle. :-)


So important to show our pets appreciation! I'll have to celebrate this as an alternate and be sure my cat gets treats today. Thanks for the interesting info and the great pictures Mandy! Have a marvelous vacation!!! :>)


You have got to love us, thank you for the great puzzle and for part of your vacation. Hugs.


Imagine!! - of course dog biscuits have their story too!! Thanks so very much for telling it Mandy!!


Thanks Ardy, we arrived about 2 hours ago, took a while to get settled, and buy some milk and tea, as the hotel don't provide it, only the cups and kettle!! I was up at 3.15am, so its been a long day. Dinner in 1/2 an hour, and then bed I think. It's dark already here!


You're on your way, Mandy, or maybe you are already there by now. Have a wonderful time doing whatever rests you. Thanks for a fun puzzle and information.