The World of Milk-Bone®: A Historical Perspective
This June marks 109 years that people have been feeding their dogs Milk-Bone® dog treats. As much as we love our pups today, believe it or not, up until the industrial revolution, keeping dogs purely for companionship was a luxury enjoyed mainly by the aristocracy. But by the time Milk-Bone launched their dog biscuit line in 1908, pet ownership had become so common that dog owners had begun to view their four-legged friends as members of the family.
It's hard to imagine a time when dogs were new to the average American household, but life was very different a century ago! Here are a few other things happening in the world — and in the lives of dogs and dog-enthusiasts — the year Milk-Bone was launched:
The Rise of Dogs' Other Best Friend
The assembly line gave birth to the modern auto industry, beginning a lasting love affair between dogs and car rides.
A New Dog-Friendly Destination
President Theodore Roosevelt designated the Grand Canyon a national park. While pets aren't allowed everywhere in the this national treasure, the South Rim includes a number of dog-friendly trails, and even offers a kennel for tourists who want to explore other areas of the Grand Canyon for a while.
The American Kennel Club officially added the West Highland Terrier, the German Shepherd and the Doberman Pinscher to their registry of dog breeds.
A Rivalry Begins
The upright vacuum cleaner was invented. Dog owners everywhere rejoiced at the ease with which they could vacuum up dog hair. Dogs, meanwhile, discovered a new arch-nemesis in the device.
A Canine Adventure Commences
The Nimrod set sail in January from New Zealand, carrying explorer Ernest Shackleton and his team to Antarctica on the first of Shackleton's three attempts to reach the South Pole. While they didn't reach their goal, they did get closer than any other humans up to that point -- partly with the help of some trusty sled dogs.
A Herd of Presidential Pets
President Roosevelt's family prepared to leave the White House as the president's second term drew to a close, taking with them a vast menagerie of pets that included a pony, a small bear, a lizard, a pig, and a number of dogs. Among them was a rat terrier mix named Skip, reportedly the president's favorite, whom he had found and rescued while hunting bears at the Grand Canyon.
Dogs have sure come a long way since 1908, and so have Milk-Bone® dog biscuits. Check out the history of the iconic brand, right here on The Noseprint!
Photo Credit #3: "Alice inspects the flowers ... today is her birthday!" by bazzadarambler via Flickr. License info.
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