International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Today is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, and dogs everywhere are wagging their tails with glee!
James Spratt, an American manufacturer, developed the first dog biscuits in the 19th century. Spratt came up with the idea after visiting Liverpool England, where he observed stray dogs hungrily sneaking ship’s biscuits. The first Spratts biscuits were produced in London, with a secret recipe including both meat and vegetables.
There are now a wide variety of treat options available, ranging from peanut butter/banana bites to the more “traditional” biscuit.
When giving biscuits to your dog, keep your dog’s size and health in mind. For example, my dog Jessie doesn’t have many teeth, and she’s small (around 5 pounds), so I look for softer, smaller treats that are easier for her to chew and swallow.
Another thing to keep in mind, dog biscuits are treats, so don’t overindulge your dog by giving too many. Biscuits do have calories, so keep this in mind and adjust food portions accordingly to prevent weight gain for your dog.
I like to make healthy dog treats whenever possible, this recipe is one that’s been a big hit:
1 1/2 cup brown rice flour
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/3 cup + 4 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 cup unsalted peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup water
Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Roll into small balls, about an inch in diameter and put on ungreased cookie sheet. They won’t expand so you can put them close together. Press each one down gently with your hand to flatten.
Bake 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on wire rack. Keep refrigerated in airtight container. Treats will keep 2-3 weeks in refrigerator, they can be frozen and will keep 4-5 weeks.
(The picture above shows Sadie Snacks on the left and Banana Bites on the right.)