MEET PRINC An 8-Year-Old P
Sadie’s Cheesy Dog Biscuits
I am Her Royal Highness Calla Lily Bloom, more commonly referred to as Princess Callie. I am an 8-year-old purebred Cavalier King Charles spaniel living in Bigfork, Montana, with my human family and my royal pack. My father, Tuffy, was a Grand Master Agility Champion in California, and when he was 8, the breeders sent him to live with me in Bigfork.
My human family was out of town when Tuffy passed away. It was really hard on Sadie because she was Tuffy’s human. After Tuffy was gone, my humans decided we couldn’t be a one-dog family. They wanted a rescued dog, so they went in search of one to adopt. They focused their search in two places: the National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) and the Cavalier Rescue USA website. The NMDR in Colorado had four Cavaliers up for adoption and our family desperately wanted one. But, because we weren’t local, they gave them to families in Colorado. So, my humans searched the Cavalier rescue site for local dogs, and that’s when they heard about Daisy and Danny in California. As we were waiting to find out if we could adopt Daisy and Danny, the NMDR called Mom and told her she could adopt one of the four Cavaliers — the one named Gracie. My family said, “Absolutely!” Then something crazy happened. Mom had been off the phone for 15 minutes when she got another call. The Cavalier rescue people said that Daisy and Danny were ours, too! Suddenly we went from a one- dog family to a four-dog family! Gracie is from a puppy mill and lived the first 6 1/2 years of her life in a cage. Because of that, she is very shy; it has taken her almost two years to finally trust our family. She likes me, though,
INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 cups oat flour •
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1/2 cup water
DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2.
In a large bowl, combine the flours and cheeses with the egg. 3. Slowly add water a bit at a time until desired dough texture is formed. You may need to add more liquid to get it just right. 4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough. Then cut into your favorite shapes.
and we cuddle on the bed together every night. I’m trying to teach her to behave like a princess, but she has recently learned to bark at strangers — which I find annoying and not princess‑like at all. Danny and Daisy easily adapted to life in Bigfork. They are much bigger dogs than Gracie and me, although we are all purebred Cavaliers. Danny and Daisy love to cuddle and be patted; they nudge Sadie’s hand when she tries to stop patting them. They always want more, more, more ! When we play with our toys, run, fetch, and play tug-of-war, our humans call us the “Trio of Trouble.” I like them very much except when Danny tries to cuddle up next to Mom — that is my place. I am the princess.
5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the biscuits on the parchment. They can be close together as they won’t spread while baking. 6. Bake until golden brown (20–25 minutes depending on size and thickness). Check your first batch starting at 10 minutes, spin the tray around so they bake evenly, then start to check again at 15, 18, and 20 minutes. Once you know how quickly your oven bakes the biscuits, you can make notes on the recipe so you’ll know how long to bake them next time. 7. Let the biscuits cool completely on a rack before serving to your pups. Store the biscuits in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Note: If your dog has a wheat allergy, substitute the all-purpose flour with brown rice flour or almond flour or use all oat flour.
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