International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is a holiday observed annually on the 23rd of February. It’s a day that celebrates those special treats that we all purchase for our furry friends. Dog treats are something that’s been commercially manufactured for the past 160+years and are still something that’s in every dog owner’s cupboard. We keep buying dog biscuits because they make our furry friends happy and that’s reason enough for all of us to celebrate this holiday.
The History Of Dog Food & Biscuits
Before we can talk about the history of dog biscuits, we first have to go back and talk about the history of dog food. Dog food was invented by an Ohio electrician named James Spratt. He was traveling to London to sell lightning rods and he noticed something about the mongrel dogs that hung out at the shipyards. He saw that they were being fed hardtack by sailors and that this hardtack was barely edible. So he decided to make something that was more edible and nutritious for dogs.
What Mr. Spratt invented was Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes. It was made with a mix of beetroot, grains, vegetables, and the unsalted gelatinous parts of prairie beef. These weren’t initially marketed as dog treats but were instead marked as dog food. In 1907, when American inventor Carleton Ellis saw these cakes he decided to make dog biscuits. This time, these treats weren’t marketed as food, but instead as a treat. He then gave it a bone shape and the rest is history.
Top Facts About Dog Biscuits
While we researched dog biscuits for this holiday article, we came across some very interesting facts. Facts that we think that people interested in International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day would be very interested in reading about.
- Some sources say that dog biscuits were invented by Mr. Smith of Maidenhead during the early 1820s.
- Mr. Smith apparently made over 5-tons of doggy biscuits each and every week.
- The word dog biscuit was a military slang term for army mattresses during the 1920s.
- The largest dog biscuit in the world was made in the U.S in 2011. It was 19-feet long, almost 4-feet wide, and weighed approximately 617-pounds.
Observing International Dog Biscuit Dog
This holiday is very easy to observe. All you have to do is to purchase your dog a dog biscuit, a couple of dog biscuits, or a couple of boxes of dog biscuits. That’s it. Just reward your pet with one of these treats, just be sure to not overdo it. While you’re treating your dog to a snack, make sure that you use #InternationalDogBiscuitDay on your social media account posts to let everyone know you’re spoiling your pooch.
When is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day?
|This year (2021)||February 23 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2022)||February 23 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2020)||February 23 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|