|"Will that woman EVER stop talking?"|
Yes, you read my title post correctly, this is a post about dog biscuits! If you have read my blog, you know that I am curious about just about everything and looks like that includes treats for dogs!
Okay, my friends...this is what I learned just this week...
In 1860, an American electrician by the name of James Spratt went to England to sell lightning rods.
While he was there, he noticed that the dogs at the docks of Liverpool were eating the hardtack, the dry biscuit that was a major food for sailors while at sea. This gave him the idea of creating the treats for dogs!
Spratt's Patent Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes were a mix of grains, vegetables and the dried unsalted gelatinous parts of beef. They were expensive but that was fine by Mr. Spratt, he marketed them to England's country gentlemen. (Think Downton's Abbey type wealthy.) The dog cakes were a success! (Spratt's-the first company to have a billboard in London!)
It was the great inventor, Carleton Ellis who had the idea of making the dog biscuits into the shape of a bone. (He had 753 patents in his name, the most famous being margarine.) In 1907, he came up with the recipe for a milk based dog biscuit. His dog was not that interested until he baked it into the bone shape that we know today. Here is his quote about this...and if you know dogs, you might find this as amusing as I do... "I cannot tell whether my dog is interested in the bone-shaped biscuit because it fools him...or if he feels duty bound to fool his master by simulating an interest in it." In 1908, the bone shaped biscuits were marketed as Milk Bones.
In England, they are called Milky Bones. Are they more difficult to find there? My in-laws are finding it so just now. This was the reason that I researched dog biscuits this week! Hey, you never know what you will learn from me, right? HA!
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Anybody else remember the dog who loved his treats from the cartoon "Quick Draw McGraw"? (I LOVED that cartoon show!) His name was Snuffles and at the sight of a dog biscuit, he would hug himself, go straight up into the air and float gently down to the ground in supreme JOY!
NOTE: The first dog pictured in this post is PeTE from England (pronounced Petey but he INSISTS on spelling it that way, he OWNS my in-laws. The second dog is Bandy from here in Georgia, he OWNS my Dad and step-mother. Both dogs gave me permission to use their photos here, I only had to give them a few dog biscuits!