Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Three Ways to Celebrate Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day With Your Pit Bull

Today is one of your dog's favorite holidays: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.

Dogs love their biscuits, and since we love our dogs, Pit Bull Rescue Central is celebrating, too!

Here are some great ways to celebrate with the pit bulls in your life:

1) Treat Your Dog and Help Homeless Pit Bulls!

Check out some of the yummy options at our Poppy Shop:

When you purchase delicious treats for your puppy pals through these partners, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help PBRC!

2) Bake with Poppy: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Biscuits

Feeling creative? Whip up a batch of homemade dog biscuits. There are lots of simple recipes that are easy to make, inexpensive to create and can be tailored to suit any special dietary needs. Here's one of Poppy's favorites:

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Recipe with Oatmeal
This peanut butter dog biscuit recipe is what you're looking for if you want an easy dog treat. With only four ingredients, one of which is water, even novice chefs can treat their pups to homemade cookies!

* 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use another type of flour if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
* 1 cup rolled oats
* 1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
* 1 1/4 cups hot water
Additional flour for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 350° F
2. Mix dry ingredients together.
3. Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
4. Knead the dough well.
5. Roll out the dough into 1/4" thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters.
6. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.
Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight.
After cooling, the cookies get very hard, just the way dogs like them!

Storing: This peanut butter dog biscuit recipe makes biscuits that will last in a sealed air-tight container at room temperature for one week. You can store them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks and in the freezer for up to 6 months.
(from the Dog Treat Kitchen)

3) Join Our Dog Biscuit Celebration on Facebook

The International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day celebration idea with the most “likes” by 10pm EST on Feb. 23 will win a prize package (including dog biscuits, of course). Visit our Facebook wall to "like" your favorite ideas or share your own!

Where did Dog Biscuits Originate?
Back in the 1800s, a London butcher was seeking to expand his business. He decided that he would bake biscuits to sell along with his meats. He baked up a batch of his concoction; however, when he tasted them, he decided they tasted horrible and gave them to his dog. His dog thought otherwise and gobbled up the biscuits eagerly. The butcher watched and, being the innovative businessman that he was, continued to make the biscuits designed for dogs. (Source: Scampering Paws)

In 1908, an American businessman bought the recipe and the F.H. Bennett Biscuit Company was established. The name of the new dog biscuit was Malatod. In 1911, the recipe for the original biscuit was patented and, in 1915, the name was changed to Milk Bone.

Later, others started making biscuits for the puppy palate and today there are options that range from standard fair to organic to hypoallergenic. Dog biscuits not only communicate our love to our dogs in a language that they understand, but they can be a useful tool in training and a meaningful reward for a job well done.

Happy International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!

Photo credit: stephpowell

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