For some of us, our dogs are considered a valued member of our family. Therefore it is important to make sure our dogs stay healthy and happy in order to live a long life beside us. In order to ensure our dogs stay in tip top shape it is a necessity to provide our dogs a healthy dog food. Without proper nutrition our dogs can develop illness way before their time. Dog food that does not meet our dog’s nutritional requirements can leave our pets feeling lethargic and even cause allergies such as dermatitis. Poor quality dog food can also cause bad hair and teeth, behavioral problems and stomach upset in many pets.
In order to provide your dog with the best nutrition possible, it is important for you to realize what exactly is in a lot of the commercial dog foods today. Unfortunately, advertising has made us believe that the major dog food brands on the shelves are the healthiest choices for our pets, when the truth is they are full of all sorts of things we would never think to feed our pets.
One of the main ingredients in dog foods today is corn. Corn is usually listed as the first or second ingredient on your dog’s food. Corn is used as the filler and then flavored with some parts of the chicken, lamb or cow. Most of time these are by-products of the animal which include bones, beaks, feet and other parts of the body that are not the most digestible.
When it comes to finding a high quality healthy dog food for your pet, you may need to spend a little more money than you would on a popular cheaper brand of dog food, but I can guarantee your pet will appreciate it. When you look for a healthy dog food you should look for meat as the first and main ingredient on the bag. Second you should look for a grain such as brown rice or oats, not corn. Lastly, make sure the food consists of other fruits and veggies and that there are no by-products, pesticides or hormones added to your pet’s food. By providing a healthier food for your dog, you may begin to notice a healthier and happier dog in your home too.
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YMCA Farmers Market in Grand Rapids Photo by Michigan Municipal League
Image by Michigan Municipal League (MML) The Michigan Municipal league is doing a series of case studies or how-to reports about placemaking activities taking place throughout the Great Lakes State. The League recently completed an in-depth look at the state’s rapidly growing farmers market movement. In doing the study, the League visited about 40 of the 300-plus markets in Michigan. We took photos of each market observed and are posting them here on flickr so that the world can see the important role that farmers markets can play in making vibrant communities. Feel free to use any of these photos from our recent stop at the YMCA Farmers Market in Grand Rapids. We just ask that photo credit be given like this: flickr photo/Michigan Municipal League, mml.org. You can view the farmers market case study at placemaking.mml.org. You can view all our how-to reports here: placemaking.mml.org/how-to/ Here are some details about this case study and what we found during our statewide farmers market tour in the summer of 2014: The 300-plus farmers markets that exist in Michigan come in all shapes and sizes. They’re in large urban centers and tiny villages. They pop up in parking lots, fields, roadsides, on main street and in permanent, historic structures. They sell traditional farmers market fare – corn, apples, maple syrup, potatoes, and pumpkins – and the unexpected – homemade spices, baby clothes, fresh-caught fish, jewelry, and even sea urchin. You can get your knives sharpened, your face painted and your groceries for the week. At a farmers market you can find old friends and meet new ones. And you can talk to the vendor who grew the melon or flowers you’re thinking about buying. Farmers markets can even help create a place for people to gather and revitalize a community and give an economic boost to existing businesses and inspire new merchants to open. In writing a how-to case study about Michigan Farmers Market for the Michigan Municipal League, I got the chance this summer to visit about 30 markets across our great state. I saw thousands of people pack into the new location for the Flint Farmers Market to great fanfare for its grand opening in downtown on June 21. I smelled the yummy salsa dish a woman was preparing for her church fundraiser at the Dansville Farmers Market. I saw a man holding a rooster in Birmingham, a robotics team in Grand Blanc, violinists performing in East Lansing and Traverse City, and Spanish mackerel on sale at the new Downtown Market in Grand Rapids. I’ve always enjoyed going to farmers markets but the sights and sounds I experienced in my market tour this summer were truly inspirational, exciting and simply fun. While I saw many successful markets, I did experience some that seemed to need a shot in the arm. I also attempted to go to a couple markets that I eventually learned are no longer in operation. So what makes one market flourish as another withers on the vine? The success or failure of a market can come down to three words: Relationships, relationships, relationships, said Dru Montri, director of the Michigan Farmers Market Association, an East Lansing-based non-profit organization that tracks and provides support to farmers markets throughout the state. Montri said the 320 farmers markets in their data base this year is a record high since the association formed and starting tracking farmers markets in 2006. While some close each year many more open. “Farmers markets are based on relationships,” Montri explained. “That’s the best thing about markets, and it can also be the most challenging aspect of markets. It’s relationships between farmers themselves, relationships between vendors and the market management, relationships between the market manager and sponsors and relationships between vendors and shoppers. All of those are very, very important. People love farmers markets because of that. People love going and talking to vendors about how things are grown.” But Montri said when relationships sour that can impact everything in a market. A successful market will have strong leaders who can forge good relationships on all levels. She suggests a market have a board of directors or advisory team to oversee it. Montri said the number of farmers markets in Michigan have doubled since 2006 for several reasons. Those reasons include an increase in consumer interest about where and how their food is made and processed; a growing awareness among community leaders about the value a farmers market can have in economic development and creating a sense of place and community in their town; and a desire by farmers and vendors in direct marketing options, which tend to be more profitable. She believes the number of markets will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, especially as more markets start to offer financial assistance programs to those in need, such as the acceptance of SNAP Bridge Cards and related services. “There is such a large number of consumers who haven’t even yet considered shopping at farmers markets,” Montri said. “As long as we have the potential to bring more people into farmers markets, we have the opportunity to expand the number of markets. As long as we are strategic about growth, we can avoid these saturation points. But, starting a market a mile away from an existing market on the same day of the week, for example, can cause over saturation.” This post and related case study was written by Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message to The World
Image by Eduard V. Kurganov Artist Statement The list of the worldly issues minor and major that impact personal experiences seems to be endless. Some of those issues may be: human overconsumption, intrusive surveillance, racial and other forms of inequality and discrimination, deforestation, air and water pollution, religious control, etc. In our contemporary society we are all potentially impacted by these negative forces since the time we start developing in our mother’s wombs. Humanity, right now, has all the necessities and commodities to provide every person on this planet with a comfortable place to sleep, healthy food to eat, clean water to drink, fresh clothes to wear, and a proper healthcare. But yet the said destructive forces are too overpowering, so the future seems doomed. For this photographic project making “the personal is political,” I approached different people and asked how they wanted our world to change and to write out this desire with black marker on a white board. In an attempt to allow the people photographed to freely and fearlessly express their truest thoughts about any issues that bother them, I asked them to wear a Guy Fawkes mask to conceal their identities. I chose specifically to use this mask because of its long history, the meaning and the symbolism it carries, and the emotions and thoughts it invokes in most people who are familiar with the mask. Guy Fawkes was a revolutionary who did not like the status quo, and wanted to overthrow corrupt government and make the world a better place. Hollywood greatly popularized his image via the movie “V For Vendetta,” so to this day he is remembered by many people around the globe as the one who opposed the ruling system. The mask symbolizes protest against tyranny, totalitarianism, any kind of oppression, and any other type of mistreatment and misconduct towards other fellow human beings. It symbolizes a great desire for a better and happier life for all people. It reminds us that we all are creators of our own destiny, builders of our own fate. Except the limitations you place ourselves into by our your own beliefs there are no limitations to what people can do.
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