Today – Thursday 23rd February – is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. Seriously. An actual holiday – although unfortunately, not as yet a Bank Holiday – celebrated the world over. Who knew? It is hard to establish how and when this festive event came into being, but here we are and today we celebrate it. Think of it as the Pancake Day of the canine world. A day when you indulge in an abundance of that delicious something, usually reserved for special occasions. We indulge in crepes – perhaps topped with sugar and lemon, perhaps topped with a drizzle of warm chocolate sauce – our little canine companions indulge in dog biscuits.
There is no need to sit for dog biscuits on International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. There is no need to perform tricks on this wonderous day. There is no limit on the number of dog biscuits one might consume. Even the tiniest of dogs get to eat like labradors on this special day: it is one of those glorious eat-until-you-feel-slightly-sick-and-then-eat-a-little-more-just-because-you-can days. As I said, much like Pancake Day. My little dog, Coco, is quivering with excitement at the mere prospect. She barely slept a wink last night. Her tiny eyes wide open and every ounce of her minute little being crying out ‘International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is so nearly upon us’. Although she actually voiced this sentiment as ‘Woof. Woof woof woof.’.
Of course Coco would prefer an International Small Cubes of Cheese Day, or an International Little Slivers of Roast Beef Day – or, indeed, better still – International Dollops of Peanut Butter Day (her absolute favourite). But the world is not a perfect place, we work with what we are given and dog biscuits it is. So today, in honour of this celebrated holiday, I am making my own dog biscuits, as – I can but assume – like all baked goods, they taste better when home made. I plan on following this recipe, and then shaping them into tiny little bones. And hearts. So very darling. I couldn’t resist. And perhaps I will even add a dash of peanut butter. I am sure that Coco will appreciate the extra effort.
Will you be treating your pooch today? After all, International Dog Biscuit Day only comes once a year.