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    What are you feeding your dog?

    When looking for a good healthy pet food, read the label and ingredients closely. You should look for pet food that: 1. Is natural healthy - contains natural ingredients with NO artificial addititves or preservatives. 2. Has quality proteins - contains chicken and fish meals with no animal by-products for maximum protein availability. Avoid items that list/contain "by-products". Also products that list "whole chicken" is not any better than chicken meal. Whole chicken is approx 85% water. Meal is rendered from the animal tissue and has the water removed in processing. 3. Has whole grains - contains rice, oats and barley with no corn, wheat or soy for maximum digestibility and smaller stools. Corn, wheat and soy is usually positioned as "fillers". 4. Begins with a meat/meal product and not a grain on the ingredient listing. 4. Has natural antioxidants. 5. Has chelated minerals. 6. Has Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. I feed my lab Native and been very happy with the food and results. Native is made by Kent Feeds. The brand is not easily found--Chuck & Dons is the only retailer with best selection. Native comes in various stages---each stage contains higher levels/ratios of fats and proteins, but the same base ingredients. During the off season, I feed my dog Native 1-2. During the hunting season, I move him up to Native 3. For what its worth, Native is one of the official pet food sponsors of Pheasants Forever. Another similar brand of Native is called Haven Naturals (made by Kent). It is found in many local grocery stores in the Mpls area (except Rainbow Foods). This is another quality pet food I would recommend highly. Many of the "larger" so called premium brands have cheapened their product (over the last few years) and are not the same quality as they used to be. They are charging more for the product, but have added by-products, corns and fillers. Net net, while natural pet foods cost more, they will likely save money over time due to needing to eat/feed less, may suffer fewer illnesses (potentially reducing vet expenditures), have smaller firmer stools and may shed less. Woollman
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    Sump Pumps and Water

    Interesting enough, my girlfriend who owns her own house, was concerned about her sump pump constantly running. I took a look into the basket and notice there were two holes in the bottom of the basket where water was bubbling in. The water would fill the basket (with about three gallons) causing the sump pump to drain it out approx every 3-4 minutes. I thought this was very strange.....it almost seems there is an underground spring flowing under the house. Sometimes the water flows in faster, sometime slower. This was alarming to me, as I have never seen this before. Not sure if someone made the holes in the bottom of the basket or if they were there when the basket was installed. Regardless, watching the water flow in, like it does, makes me feel uneasy. If the sump pump failed, or becomes inoperable during a black out, there may be wet basement issues. As an FYI, she purchased the home with this situation. Is this something that should have been disclosed? I may recommend for her to invest in a back up battery. Has anyone seen this before where there are holes in the bottom on the sump pump basket?
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    Winkleman Fish Mix

    If you can find it, I highly recommend using 10,000 Lakes Fish Coating mix. It's made by Sturdiwheat Foods out of Red Wing, MN. I have used them all, Shorelunch, Roach Mix, Ledgendary Northwoods, Andy's, etc. and this product has ALL of them beat hands down. I purchase three flavorings in particular--Original mix, Cajun mix and the Lemon mix. Not many retailers handle the product--I find it at Lunds and Byerlys stores. You might be able to order it on-line. I mix one of the varieties with Panko (for crunch and cripsyness) and fry in peanut oil. Finished product is crispy, light and very flavorful. Woollman
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    Longest lasting Windows/Doors

    For window replacements, Marvin Infinity (not Integrity) windows have my vote. I put these in my home last year and have been very, very pleased. They are made from pultruded fiberglass. Expensive windows, worth it IMO. I have the EverWood replacements---they stained perfectly to match the existing wood trim in my home. Woollman
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    Dog food

    When looking for a good healthy pet food, read the label and ingredients closely. You should look for pet food that: 1. Is natural healthy - contains natural ingredients with NO artificial addititves or preservatives. 2. Has quality proteins - contains chicken and fish meals with no animal by-products for maximum protein availability. Avoid items that list/contain "by-products". Also products that list "whole chicken" is not any better than chicken meal. Whole chicken is approx 85% water. Meal is rendered from the animal tissue and has the water removed in processing. 3. Has whole grains - contains rice, oats and barley with no corn, wheat or soy for maximum digestibility and smaller stools. Corn, wheat and soy is usually positioned as "fillers". 4. Begins with a meat/meal product and not a grain on the ingredient listing. 4. Has natural antioxidants. 5. Has chelated minerals. 6. Has Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. I feed my dog Native and been very happy with the food and results. Native is made by Kent Feeds (Iowa). The brand is not easily found--I have my local Tractor Supply store special order it for me. I also believe RFG distributes the product, so if any shops are a customer of RFG, they should be able to get the brand. Native comes in various stages---each stage contains higher levels/ratios of fats and proteins, but the same base ingredients. During the off season, I feed my dog Native 1. During the hunting season, I move him up to Native 3. For what its worth, Native is one of the official pet food sponsors of Pheasants Forever. Another similar brand of Native is called Haven Naturals (made by Kent). It is found in many local grocery stores in the Mpls area (except Rainbow Foods). This is another quality pet food I would recommend highly. Many of the larger brands have cheapened their product (over the last few years) and are not the same quality as they used to be. They are charging more for the product, but have added by-products, corns, flours and fillers. Net net, while natural pet foods cost more, they will likely save money over time due to needing to eat/feed less, may suffer fewer illnesses (potentially reducing vet expenditures), have smaller firmer stools and may shed less. Woollman
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    Dog Food ?

    You are quite right, most manufactures of national branded premium dry dog foods have toyed around and changed their formulations. In most cases, they have cheapen the product---main reason is to keep costs down. They have traded quality for keeping price points and profit margins steady. There are way too many "premium" brands that now contain fillers, corn, wheat, soy or by-products. I am getting my Native from Tractor Supply. They don't handle the product in the store on shelf, but special order the product, directly from Kent Feeds. They can order 20# or 40# bags for me. As previously mentioned RFG distributing, in Crystal, is an authorized distributor for Native. If a retail outlet utilizes RFG for supply purposes, they would be able to access Native items.
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    Dog Food ?

    LABS, I've been feeding my 3 year old lab Native since I was able to find it. It my opinion this brand is the best "valued" natural dry dog food available. I purchase 40# bags for $35.00 at a local retailer in my home town. I also know RFG distributes the brand to interested outlets that want to sell the product. What sold me on it (in addition to being natural, no fillers and value priced) was the ability to change (and interchange) Native levels during the hunting season. Off season, I feed my lab Native 1. During hunting season when my lab needs more energy, I feed him Native 2 and/or Native 3. Each level contains a different (increased) ratio of proteins and fats. There is another Kent Feeds natural dry dog food sold in the MN grocery stores under the Haven label. This is a new introduction and almost a duplicate formulation of their Native brand. Anyone considering changing dry dog food, should look into Native----I'm sold on it. They have a web site that talks more about the product and it's benefits. Lastly, for what is't worth, Native is also the official national dog food sponsor of Pheasants Forever. Woollman
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    Looking for Walleye on the grill recipe

    For just a slight version of some methods described above, I take tin foil, lay down the fillets 1/2 thick (any fish will do), season them with salt and lemon pepper seasoning, add some lemon slices (thin), add some onion slices (thin) and add either a partial can of drained petite diced tomatoes (I prefer the Red Gold mix of tomatoes, onion and olive oil) or add a partial jar of your favorite salsa mix. Seal up good with multiple layers of tin foil (so nothing leaks) and grill each side (works for shore lunches over an open fire) for approx 7 minutes. Open up, use a spatula to dish out on a plate and garnish the mix with some Franks Red Hot Sauce and/or tarter sauce. Ohhhh Boy.
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    Replacement windows

    We looked at many window replacement options, manufactures and installers over the last few months. Last week, we just replaced our windows in our home with Marvin Infinity (not Integrity) relacement windows with Everwood interior. The windows are made out of fiberglass. Gotta say, they are not cheap, but they are great windows and look very nice. The company who did the install matched the woodstain and paint colors on the window and window trim perfectly. IMO, anyone thinking of replacement windows needs to give this line serious consideration.
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    Dog Has Red Ring Spots On Belly/groin Area

    Payed4 is correct, they are gnat bites. You will notice round, dime size, red spots on the belly/groin areas of the dog. They will heal up and go away in a couple of days. Happens often this time of year.
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    Abrasions around Dogs Eye

    Had a great and sucessful day on Sunday chasing MN roosters. My new 18 month old Lab did very well....he hunted his heart out. We hunted most of the day in some pretty thick and rough areas. The weeds were deep, thick and dusty. During the course of the day, my lab received many skin abrasions around his eyes from crashing through the weeds, cane and cattails. At the end of the day, this skin area was very raw looking (even bleeding). My question, is there a product on the market to help/aid in the healing of abrasions around the eye? Most healing ointments/products say "do not come in contact with eyes". His eyes were red this morning and leaking very heavily from all the dust and debris. But he skin around his eyes were very tender and raw. Is there anything special to put on/around dogs eyes after the hunt to aid them in healing? Or, do you just let it go? Thanks for any insight.
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    Opener blunders

    While launching the boat on Sunday, I noticed a guy tied up to the access dock trying to get his boat started. I could tell something wasn't right due to the cussing. The motor would not turn over and he claimed his battery was fresh. He had the motor cover off, looking for some possible answer to his dilemma. Trying to be helpful, I jumped in his boat to looked over the battery and connections. While looking down at his Honda tiller, I noticed that he had the gear lever in the forward position. I brought it to his attention....he put it in neutral and bingo, it started. He had been tied up to the dock for over 30 minutes.......
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    Dog Training Book

    I highly recommend looking at buying a book by Richard Wolters; Gun Dog, Water Dog, Game Dog. Any B&N book store should have one or all of them. You can "pre-read" the books and purchase the one for your situation. Wolter's has got it all covered, in a very simple context. Good luck with your new pup.
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    Dog Name

    Brainstorming for a dog's name can be challenging, but is actually an entertaining project. You can go on-line and do a search for pet names. Names can be procured via special events, colors, characters, history, religion, hobbies, sports, etc. With a little effort, you will find a name that is meaningful and resonates. Some female names for consideration: Pepper, Koal, Jessie, Abby, Emma, Rosie, Ruby, Lucy, Tawnie, Jade. Good luck and enjoy your new pup.
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    Best Fish Batter

    If you like the flavor of almonds, try this with your next walleye fillets. Needs: -Walleye fillets (smaller fillets work the best) -"Floury" Coating Mix (regular or cajun flavor). Do not use a course mix (corn meal, etc). I use Sturdiwheat brand. -Egg wash -Box of Saltine Crackers and finely crush them. -Package of finely sliced almonds -Canola Oil In a large flat dish or pan, mix the crushed saltines with a generous amount of sliced almonds. Take your fillets (make sure they are not wet) and place them in a zip bag with your favorite "flour" based coating mix. Coat well. Let them sit on a plate for few minutes and then take the coated fillets and dip them in a egg wash. Place the fillets in a large dish with the crushed saltines and almonds and cover them well with the mixture. Use your fingers to press the mixture onto each fillet. Let them sit for a few minutes on a plate and then fry them in hot Canola Oil. Be careful when frying, as the almonds may burn. 'Delish almond crusted fish.....yum. It's still a frying method, but provides a different taste.
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