June 22nd Is Take Your Dog To Work Day

June 3rd, 2012 by Craig Mullins

Since I work from home, every day is Take Your Dog To Work Day; but for the rest of you, it’s June 22nd.

Take Your Dog To Work Day was created by Pet Sitter International as a way to give back to the pet community and was first observed in 1999 to “celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs.”

On this day, employers are encouraged to support Take Your Dog To Work Day by allowing their employees’ four-legged friends into the office for the day.

Pet Sitters International (PSI) invites your business to participate in this fun and worthwhile event. But, please celebrate the right way: focus on the fun employees and employers have, celebrate the value of pets in the workplace, and encourage pet adoptions. [source]

If you’re interested in organizing a Take Your Dog To Work Day event, get the ball rolling by first registering your event on TakeYourDog.com, then download the TYDTWDay Action Pack from Pet Sitter International.

In my opinion, Take Your Dog To Work Day is an excellent holiday and a perfect excuse to try out a new homemade dog treat recipe. Make a little something yummy for your favorite four-legged pal and bring it to the office with you!

Cheesie Bacon Biscuits, Courtesy of Bullwrinkle.com

Ingredients:

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups regular oats, uncooked
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup wheat germ
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked crisp, drained, and crumbled

Directions:

Combine flour, soda and salt; mix well and set aside. Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture, mixing well. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 16 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for a minute or so before removing to cooling rack.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Recipe with Oatmeal, Courtesy of DogTreatKitchen.com

Ingredients:

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 (I used smooth this time)
1 1/4 cups hot water
Additional flour for rolling

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F

Mix dry ingredients together.

Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.

Knead the dough well.

Roll out the dough into 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters.

Note – This recipe doesn’t call for it, but I put an egg wash (one egg whisked with a fork and then brushed on with a pastry brush) on the treats before I baked them. It gives them a nice sheen once they’re baked. Here’s how they look before baking.

Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight.

If you and your dog can’t wait that long, cool them completely on a wire rack before serving.

Instead of cutting out more shapes with the left over peanut butter and oatmeal dough, I rolled it into balls. Then I made a cross hatch fork mark on the dog cookies. This is the same way you would do for human peanut butter cookies.

After: 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.

Happy Take Your Dog To Work Day! Will you be participating? We’d love for you to share your experiences with taking your dog to work in our comments section below!

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