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February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day

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Chances are, if you’re a dog lover, you’ll be indulging your furbaby this year with some sort of special treat for Valentine’s Day.

But did you know there’s another special day set aside to honor our canine companions?

National Dog Biscuit Day, also called International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, takes place Feb. 23. There’s no clear information as to the day’s origins, but the history of the dog biscuit itself is rather interesting.

Sources note that American James Spratt came upon the idea of creating a type of dog biscuit in the late 1800s when he traveled to England where he saw stray dogs scavenging for food. Spratt’s biscuits - Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes - contained meat, beef blood, wheat and vegetables, and were shaped like a bone.

1908, the F. H. Bennett Biscuit Co. of New York invented Milk-Bone dog biscuits. The classic bone-shaped biscuit’s ingredients list included minerals, cow’s milk and meat products. In 1931 the National Biscuit Company, which later became Nabisco, bought out Bennett and renamed the product Milkbone, which is still sold today.

Dog biscuits are used for treats, as a teeth cleaner, and as rewards for good pooches. With an increasing interest in health and diet in recent years, and through the vast storehouse of information on the Internet, a plethora of recipes has become available for dog lovers to make their own dog biscuits for their favorite pups.

So, in honor of National Dog Biscuit day, buy your dog a box, or better yet, find a recipe and bake up a batch from scratch. Either way, your dog will thank you, and you’ll be thanking him for his years of loyalty and faithful companionship.

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