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If you’re a fan of the hit American cartoon series, then it’s good news that you can watch Simpsons episodes online. This classic cartoon comedy series that turned popular to the rest of the world is one of its kind that has inspired so many others that followed its unique genre, which in turn also became popular to the world audience, giving entertainment to the entire family in a series of episodes that showed as much as every night. The show in itself is comic and original, so it’s hard to find anything like it before or now.

The show is actually based on the misadventures of the Simpsons family who resides in a non-existent town, supposedly in the United States of America, called Springfield. The family is made up of Homer Simpson, the father, and his wife Marge Simpson, along with their three children, the mischievous Bart, the intelligent Lisa and the baby Maggie. Together, these individuals interact with other funny and notable citizens of Springfield, some of which are even caricatured out of real people in the society and create an the kind of funny and entertaining plot that this show has been known for in every episode.

People like to watch a Simpsons episode online whenever they can because it’s for free. They don’t have to buy DVD or home videos anymore, which can save them a lot in watching these episodes in the long run. Moreover, it’s easy to do so it’s all worth trying.

The Simpsons is a popular family television cartoon series that has entertained all sorts of audience in American entertainment industry, as well as the world. Actually, it has been going on for so long now that reruns have been played over and over again so that generations that missed it can watch them too. It has also brought inspiration to so many cartoons that have also become popular to the television audience worldwide.

The story of the cartoon series revolves around the misadventures of The Simpsons, a not so typical family of five that reside in a fictional region in the United States called Springfield. With their individually unique characters, they make up a one of a kind formula for family entertainment.

If you watch The Simpsons online you get the benefit of being able to watch all those episodes you may have missed as well as the luxury of doing so in your own time, so long as you have an internet connection that will let you enjoy online video streaming from the internet. Additional perks to being able to watch The Simpsons online is that you get to join online communities that share their comments and opinions about this hilarious series.

If you want, you can even join the many fan artists all over the World Wide Web in producing their own videos related to The Simpsons such as music videos and altered voiceovers, which gives all those old rerun episodes a new twist for comic relief.

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Browse any grocery store or pet food store to buy Dog Food and you will agree that trying to decide on what is best for your dog is an exhausting task. Scanning the shelves of products available, you are bombarded by foods extolling different health benefits as well as a huge range of prices. The pet food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and pet food manufacturers are eagerly marketing for every dollar. Not only are they marketing us to death, but also developing new products to put in front of us. Those products include “dry”, “canned”, “semi-moist” and health targeted products such as “senior”, “premium” and “gourmet.

So which food is best for your dog? Finding that out takes time and research. The truth is, the best dog food is the one that meets your dog’s nutritional requirements, which vary based upon the dog’s age, breed, body weight, genetics, and amount of activity… and one that fits within your budget. It is definitely worth consulting a veterinarian to get the best advice and nutrition plan for your dog. But for those of you that want to take matters in your own hands, you will find detailed below the most important things you will need to know.

Dog Food Labels

Susan Powter comes to mind when thinking about food labels. Remember this iconic infomercial star with the coined phrase “Stop the Insanity”? Her gospel about nutrition and the importance of studying the ingredients on the side of the packaging to distinguish the various elements and how each plays its role in overall nutrition, was novel at that time. It seems that this was the beginning of the mass movement to better nutrition, label reading and choosing products more carefully.

With all the recent pet food recalls, millions of dog owners have extended this scrutiny to selecting a dog food. But we can’t pull from the Susan Powter gospel for this, because dog foods are manufactured under a series of different standards and regulations, put forth by the AAFCO ( The Association of American Feed Control Officials ). There are special labeling requirements that require all dog foods to have certain information on the label. So, in order that we can all make a proper choice for our dogs, we must know how to read and understand the dog food label.

The AAFCO puts out an official publication, on a yearly basis, detailing special requirements for dog food. Among all the different requirements, they request all dog food manufacturers to adhere to label regulations and must include on the package the following:

# Product Name
# Guaranteed Analysis
# Nutritional Adequacy Statement
# Feeding Directions

The Name Game

When shopping for dog food, what is the first thing you look at? The product name, of course. We’ve all walked down the pet food aisle and seen the product names jump out as us…calling us. Displayed in bold type and fancy fonts such descriptions as “With Chicken”, “All Life Stages”, “Duck Entree”, “95% Beef”, “Natural Dog Food”. But what do these descriptions really mean? Is it just fancy marketing? The AAFCO has set forth rules that dictate how ingredients can be used in a product name.

95% Rule

# Applies to most canned dog food that consists mostly of meat, poultry or fish.
# Specifies that at least 95% of the dog food must be the named ingredient on the label, not counting water and preservatives added for processing.
# Counting water, the product must still consist of 70% of the product.
# If the name consists of a combination of ingredients, the two combined must equal 95%.
# The rule only applies to ingredients of animal origin, so grains and vegetables cannot be used as part of the 95% rule. So if the product name was “Beef and Brown Rice”, the product would still have to consist of 95% beef.

25% or “Dinner” Rule

# This rule applies to many canned as well as dry dog foods.
# If the named ingredient, or a combination of ingredients, found on the label consists of 25% of the weight (but less than 95%) excluding water for sufficient processing.
# The name must include a descriptive term, such as “Dinner”, “Platter”, “Entree”, or “Formula”.
# If more than one ingredient is in the name, they must both total 25% combined, with each named ingredient equalling or exceeding 3%.

3% or “With” Rule

# Originally, this rule was intended to apply only to ingredients highlighted on the package, outside of the product name.
# It allows manufacturers to highlight minor ingredients.
# The ingredient must have at least 3% added.
# The rule now allows manufacturers to use the term “With” in the product name.

Be careful when reading the dog food label because “Beef Dog Food” and “Dog Food with Beef” are not the same. The first must have 95% beef, whereas the latter only needs 3%.

Flavor Rule

# A percentage of any one ingredient isn’t required.
# The word “Flavor” must appear on the label in the same font size and color as the ingredient name.
# The flavor might be the corresponding ingredient, but more often than not, it’s another substance such as “meal”, “by-product”, a “stock” or a “broth”.

Guaranteed Analysis

The guaranteed analysis is the next component that needs to be on a dog food label. It serves as a general guide as to what the percentages of the main nutrients and other items are in the total makeup of the product. At the bare minimum, the guaranteed analysis must consist of the following:

# Minimum Percentage of Protein
# Minimum Percentage of Fat
# Maximum Percentage of Fiber
# Maximum Percentage of Moisture

Go ahead and look at your label at this point. See it there? Good. Now, if you have a can of dog food and a package of dry dog food at your disposal, take a look at both labels. After careful analysis you might want to ask, “Hey Michael, I notice when looking at both labels that the dry dog food has way more nutrients. I thought canned food had way more protein…what gives?”

Keep this in mind, as I have noticed this as well, that the amounts of protein and other nutrients stated on the labels appear to be less for canned versus dry, but looks are deceiving. The reason? Differences in moisture content. Canned dog food, on average, consists of 75% water, while dry dog food contains about 10%. So to make a true comparison of the nutrient levels, we need to put both types on the same playing field. To do this, we will be converting both products to dry matter.

To convert the nutrients, we need to dust off our calculators that we last used in high school, in order to perform a little math. (And you said to your math teacher, “I’ll never use this in the real world!”), But I digress. Here’s the formula we will be using: % Guarantee divided by % Dry Matter multiplied by 100

Example In one corner, we have a canned dog food that has a guaranteed analysis consisting of 9% protein, 6% fat, 1.5% fiber and 78% moisture. In the other corner, we have a dry dog food that has a guaranteed analysis consisting of 24% protein, 14.5% fat, 4% fiber and 10% moisture.

# Dry matter of canned: 100 – 78 = 22
# Dry matter of dry: 100 – 10 = 90
# Now we can do our calculations

Canned Dog Food

# Protein: 9 / 22 x 100 = 40.9%
# Fat: 6 / 22 x 100 = 27%
# Fiber: 1.5 / 22 x 100 = 6.8%

Dry Dog Food

# Protein: 24 / 90 x 100 = 26.6%
# Fat: 14.5 / 90 x 100 = 16.1%
# Fiber: 4 / 90 x 100 = 4.4%

So after were done, do you notice the protein? The canned dog food actually has 14% more protein.

Nutritional Adequacy Statement

You’ve seen it on the labels…”Complete”, “Balanced”, “For All Lifestages”, among others. But how are these claims substantiated? What rules are in place to regulate such verbage? The answer is set forth, once again, by the AAFCO.

The Nutritional Adequacy Statement is required and is one of the most important aspects of a dog food label. This statement assures us that a product meets all of a dog’s nutritional requirements. So how is a dog food substantiated for nutritional adequacy? They must use one of two ways:

Calculations

# The method whereby the dog food contains ingredients formulated to provide levels of nutrients that meet an established profile
# Calculations estimate the amount of nutrients either by an average nutrient content of ingredients or results of laboratory tests using standard chemical analysis.
# If it meets the profile set by the AAFCO, the label will carry a statement as follows: “(Name of product) is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Dog) Food Nutrient Profiles for (specific life stage).”

Feeding Trials

# The product (or a similar product made by the same company) has been tested in dogs under strict guidelines and found to provide proper nutrition
# If it meets the profile set by the AAFCO, the label will carry a statement as follows: “Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that (name of product) provides complete and balanced nutrition for (specific life stage).”

The Nutritional Adequacy Statement will also include a statement about which life stage(s) the dog food is suitable for. Two profiles are used. Below is a definition of each and additional information about other profiles:

# Growth/Lactation – A product intended for growing puppies, for pregnant dogs or lactating females.
# Maintenance – Suitable for any adult, non-reproducing dog of normal activity level, but may not be sufficient for a growing, reproducing, or hard working dog.
# Terms like “Senior” or “Formulated for Large Breed Adults” means the dog food meets the requirements for the Maintenance profile, but nothing more.
# A product that doesn’t fit within the two profiles above must state that “This product is intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding,” except if it is conspicuously identified as a snack or treat.

Feeding Guidelines

Feeding guidelines are very broad, to say the least. At a minimum, they should include instruction like “Feed ___ Cups Per ___ Pounds.” But keep in mind that these instructions are very rough estimates. Most people feed their dogs way too much. In fact, 25% of all dog’s are overweight…causing problems such as:

# Diabetes
# Arthritis
# Heart and Liver Problems
# Bladder Cancer

You should treat the guidelines as a place to start. Talk with your veterinarian about your dog food and how much to feed. They understand that nutritional requirements vary and, by knowing your dog, they will be able to recommend a feeding schedule based upon several factors including:

# Age
# Body Weight
# Breed
# Genetics
# Activity Level

Organic Dog Food provides detailed information on adult dog food, puppy food and more. Dog Food is affiliated with Cesar dog food .

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The American Bashkir Curly Horse is a hardy breed with a wide variety of curly coat types that range from a crushed velvet effect to a perfect Marcel wave; or from extremely tight ringlets to long spiral curls; or to no apparent curl at all. The latter coat type is called a Smooth-Coated Curly and may or may not produce Curly horses themselves. The breed’s name was inspired from a photo of a curly coated Bashkir horse from Russia that was printed in the 1938 March issue of the Nature magazine entitled “The Evolution of the Horses”.

In this unique breed, there are dominant and recessive curly genes and either of these makes it possible to get curly-coated foals to show up in normally straight-coated breeds – from pony to draft horse. Oddly, the curly coated foals, whether from the dominant or the recessive version of gene, all seem to carry most of the same basic traits and many of these traits do not fit the norm for other breeds. Some Missouri Foxtrotters carry a dominant Curly gene through the lineage of *Curly Jim and the breed also carries the recessive curly gene. Percherons also carry the recessive gene. The American Bashkir Curly transmits this curly characteristic to its offspring about fifty percent of the time even when mated to horses without the curly coat. A horse that is homozygous for the dominant version of the curly gene does not appear to have any undesirable effects.

But where these genes originated is a mystery. What is known is that curly horses have been depicted in art and statuary in early China as far back as 161 AD and there has been evidence of their presence in South America and Europe. The earliest recorded Curly Horses in North America were with Native Americans during the Winter Count of 1801-1802.  The Sioux had stolen some Curly horses from the Crow which placed these tribes at the Standing Rock Cheyenne River Reservation at the mouth of the Grand River. A significant location of Curly Horses today has been traced to Indian Reservations in the Dakotas and many Curlies have been acquired from the wild American Mustang herds. They have been domesticated, bred and raised by ranchers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

One theory for how curly horses ended up roaming with the mustangs is that Russian Bashkir Curly horses came with Russian colonists during the 1700’s, but research that included consultations with Russian scientists, the Moscow Zoo and the Soviet Union’s Ministry of Agriculture has determined that there were no curly haired horses from the Bashkir region and no proof of the gene originating in Russian Bashkir horses. Another theory is that ancestors of the Curly Horse crossed the land bridge during the last Ice Age, but there is no fossil evidence to support that until reintroduction of horses to this hemisphere by the Spanish. Yet another theory is that the gene came from the Lokai horses of the Tajikistan region of Russia which sometimes display the curly coat, but there was no mention of importation of horses in ships’ logs when the Russian settlers arrived in North America. Several other theories have failed to be proven or simply remain untested.

Blood typing on 200 Curly horses in the Serology Lab at University of California-Davis could not confirm the Bashkir Curly as a genetically distinct breed. Instead, the typing showed that many breeds have been used, particularly Quarter Horses and Morgan Horses. The rare and unusual variants that did emerge from the testing are found only in those breeds that are based on feral herds with no single common blood marker being found.

Fortunately, more is known about the modern American Bashkir Curly Horse which dates back to 1898, when Peter Damele and his father were out riding in the remote Peter Hanson Mountains in the high country of Central Nevada near Austin.  Peter remembered seeing 3 horses with tight curly ringlets over their entire bodies and it intrigued them both. From that day forward, there were always curly-coated horses on the Damele range and many of the Bashkir Curly Horses in the U.S. can be traced back to that Damele herd.

The American Bashkir Curly Registry (ABCR) was established in 1971 when the founders discovered that many of them, through ignorance, were being slaughtered. In January 2000, the registry was closed and only the offspring of two ABC registered Curly Horses can be registered. Currently there are less than 4,000 registered Curly Horses living in the world. When the ABCR founders began the process of establishing breeding traits for the association by asking U.S. owners to list the characteristics unique to the Bashkir Curly, several interesting features of the breed emerged when the data was compiled.

American Bashkir Curly Horses stand 13.3 hands to 16 hands, but average 15 hands and their average weight is 800 to 1200 pounds. Due to the many breeds involved in outcrossing, the breed comes in all colors including Appaloosa and Pinto and has many different physical conformations. It is expected that this cross-breed influence will continue for the next 5 to 10 generations of Curly-­to-Curly breeding until a uniform type is finally established.  However, these offspring will all be registered as long as they meet ABCR criteria.

Many Curlies with white legs have black hooves that are unusually tough and hard and almost perfectly round in shape and many Curlies are not shod. They also have stout roundbone cannons; straight legs that also move straight and flat knees. They have a noticeably short back of five lumbar vertebrae and a round rump without a crease or dimple. They seem to have an exceptionally high concentration of red blood cells.

The foals are born with thick, crinkly coats, curls inside their ears and long up-curled eyelashes. They are born with an unusually affectionate disposition and insist on being friendly. They delight in human companionship and love to be talked to. When excited or at play, the foals trot with their tails absolutely straight in the air.

The American Bashkir Curly coat is considered hypo-allergenic to people who are allergic to horses, but the reason why is still under study. It may be because the Curly Horse’s hair is different or that the proteins in their skin are different. It has been proven that flat hair is curly, yet the Bashkir Curly’s hairs are round. They are also barbed or feathered underneath a microscope and can be spun and woven into yarn. The hair is more closely related to mohair, than to horsehair.

One especially odd feature of the breed is the fact that they can completely shed out the mane and tail hair each summer, along with their body coat and their summer coat is wavy or fairly straight on their bodies, with the distinctive and more pronounced curly winter coat returning in late fall. They have a double mane which splits down the middle leaving curly ringlets hanging on both sides of the neck. Oddly, the ears do not totally shed out in the summer.

Many traits have been found that links them to primitive horses, such as some have no ergots and others have small soft chestnuts. They have wide-set eyes that have a slant that is characteristic of the Oriental breeds and that gives them a wider range of peripheral vision. These eyes also give them a sleepy expression that is deceiving since they are very alert.

Crystal is a writer for www.HorseClicks.com, classifieds of Bashkir Curly Horses for sale and quality horse trailers such as Hart, Cherokee, etc.

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Camping is a constructive outdoor recreational activity- and can be undertaken by people of all age groups. Camping means different things to different people- for kids it is recreation, for camping enthusiasts it is adventure or excitement and for adults it is a way to escape from the hectic city life. So, if you want to go for a camping vacation- then I would suggest you to go to the “sunshine” state of Florida. It is a beautiful state of United States of America and is located in the southeastern region of the country.

Here is some information about the campgrounds of Florida:

1. Juniper Springs campground Juniper springs is spectacular and historic place and has been rated in the top 100 best campgrounds of U.S. This campground has the most amazing swimming facility in whole of U.S. A historic mill house is also located near to it.

2. Florida KOA campgrounds I am sure that you will find the KOA campground of Florida very pleasant and cool. KOA is a forty year old organization and provides clean, well-kept, warm and fun filled surroundings -so that you cab spend some cool time with your family members.

3. Bear island campground The Bear Islands campground is a perfect place for adventure or thrill lovers, because it has some of the most rugged and remote campgrounds in Florida. This astounding place is surrounded by hardwood forests, grassy prairies, cypress trees and pine woods. This campground provides some of the most adventurous getaways to the people interested in fun and frolic.

4. Big Lagoon campgrounds The Big Lagoon campground offers a lot of outdoor activities and entertainment options for campers and is located in west Florida. You will find lot of campsites in this cool and historical campground as it is built on a primeval wooded sand dune. You can enjoy various activities like boating, hiking fishing, and swimming.

5. Bahia Honda campgrounds The Bahia Honda campsite is located in west Florida. This place is mostly visited by tourists during the winter months and has two separate campgrounds for every tent campers. Boating facilities and RV parks are available in this campsite.

6. Alexander Springs campgrounds The Alexander Springs campground is a beautiful campsite located in Central Florida. It is very crowded during the months of winter and features mind-blowing natural beauty. I am certain that you will enjoy camping within the forest areas along with your family members.

7. Ocean Ponds campgrounds Ocean pond derived its’ name from the round shaped lake (present over here), which is 2 miles in diameters. The campgrounds are located near the Shore of Ocean Pond Lake and are very impressive. The campgrounds are centered on beautiful tall pine and other wooded trees.

Well, above is the description of some of the most exotic campgrounds of Florida. So, come here and enjoy your vacation.

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Gardening fundamentally splits into two halves; gardening for food (or farming) and gardening for aesthetic pleasure. It’s the history of the pleasurable side of gardening that we’re looking into in today’s article.

While gardening for food goes back before records began with some estimates dating it’s inception to approximately 10,000 years ago, gardening for its beauty for the home and garden can credit it’s inception (that we know of) to some Egyptian tomb paintings dated at around 1500 BC depicting lotus ponds surrounded by palms and acacias in neat rows.

Ancient Eastern Gardens

Persia was a center of ancient gardening having a proud history of notable gardens such as the Darius the Great’s “Paradise Garden” and also the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” which was one of the ancient “seven wonders of the world”.

Ancient Western Gardens

In the western world, the most notable examples of ancient gardens are in Alexandria, Rome and Scotland. Ptolemy’s gardens in Alexandria such as the “Shallalat Gardens” are now underwater due to earthquake subsidence which has claimed much of the ancient city. Rome’s gardening tradition is said to have been started by Lucullus in Pompeii with evidence of elaborate water features, villa gardens and shaded arcades before the eruption famously brought the town under piles of volcanic rubble. Archaeological evidence still survives in Scotland at sites such as Hadrian’s Villa.

The Fall of Rome

Moorish Spain (under the Islamic faith) continued these gardening traditions after the fall of Rome in the 4th century AD. At around the same time, China had started an alternative tradition still used today with temporary ornamental structures with water features and landscape gardening. This tradition was later used in Japan in royal home and gardens.

Europe

Gardening traditions in Europe didn’t truly recover until the 13th century in Languedoc and the Île-de-France with the re-discovery of descriptions of Roman homes and gardens. This created the “Italian renaissance garden” in the 15th and 6th centuries. Formal gardens dominated after this with the Garden à la française, including the famous exaple at the Gardens of Versailles. This style dominated European gardens until the 18th century when English landscape gardens and French landscape gardens became fashionable with aristocratic and noble society.

19th Century

Contemporary garden fashion in the 19th century was inspired by a fever for historic gardens including Roman inspired cottages, and wild and perennial gardens in English homes championed by Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson.

Northern American gardens were inspired by European garden at this point with Andrew Jackson Downing and Frederick Law Olmsted adapted these styles in American public gardens which had influence well into the twentieth century.

Modern Gardening

Modern gardening is a multi billion pound industry world-wide with landscape gardening, public art, and a contemporary influence of considering environmental influences with the use of “sustainable” gardening using features such as rainwater harvesting.

It wasn’t really until modern times that ordinary people gained the will and desire to create truly great gardens. With the advent of television, it became fashionable to spend time and money on personal garden spaces to create gardens that rival royal and public gardens with spending heavily slanted towards garden furniture and other gardenware.

Ryan Dowmann is a published home & garden writer working for Robert Dyas and their online range of homeware, kitchenware and gardenware.
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We’ve seen it coming for several years, but it’s here, full on and in our faces now… so what do artists do? The word “artist” means: “One whose work shows skill.” (The American Heritage Dictionary)

However, with the arrival of unskilled, but nice “artists” being signed to contracts and marketed to the public – and the public is hearing the call and purchasing their music – what is the secret?

We all know William Hung of American Idol fame. This gentleman is sweet and seems kind, but frankly, can’t sing a note and is artistically disturbed and challenged to say the least. So how did he land a record deal and sell over a 100,000 units right off the block? How is it that even after what would normally be a one-hit-wonder scenario, the novelty didn’t wear off and he has a Christmas CD out that also sold quite well?

Then we find a Princess on the show “Love in the Heir,” who can’t sing, can’t write, but I am pretty sure will be getting a deal, if she hasn’t already. The credits read “Asylum Entertainment.” Could this be a resurfacing of Asylum Records?

So how do these obscure people get deals and move product when talented artists can’t get a CD on the shelf?

The answer: it’s all about marketing. We have heard it time and time again and that’s what it is. A rock packaged and sold as a rock is just a rock. But a rock packaged and marketed as a friend becomes a cultural phenomenon.

These companies find a way to pull at our heart strings. With William, it was his sweet genuine spirit that seemed to say, “I am the underdog, but I don’t know it.” Everyone loves an underdog, especially an unknowing one. With Princess Ann, there is the royalty novelty, but they play up the unspoiled victim and everyone roots for the victim.

They have been marketed as the person next door, the underdog and our friends. We can personalize and associate with their lives. That grabs us at our heartstrings, which then grabs us in our bank accounts. We dole money out to help support ourselves, really. We are buying the product because it reminds us of our dreams unrealized. The marketing has then worked: The artist and the public have reached a common ground.

Statistics have shown that most buys are done from emotional buying, not from a planned excursion!

So how can the average Joe grab the marketing media, without having access to being on a reality show? It’s hard, but obtainable. Tell a story that captures the hearts of the world, one that they can relate to. You must communicate to the general public a story that they can relate to. You must give them a value, a reason for buying your product.

Some think that the growth of a digital delivery system will result in the balance of power shifting away from large-scale entertainment companies in favor of musicians no longer dependent upon large record companies for manufacturing and distribution of the musician’s work. So, there is an economic incentive for artists to seek independent digital distribution because under the traditional, major label model of distribution, artists earn around $ 1.50 per CD, while digital delivery garners them about $ 6 for the same CD.

However, despite this economic advantage for the Indies, the major labels sales still win out over the Indies in sales. Why? Marketing. It’s all about marketing and PR. The major labels market their products to the public: YOU MUST DO IT. YOU MUST HAVE IT.

Without marketing and promotion, the music you have labored in love over will remain in your basement or garage, gathering dust, despite the easy access to digital distribution and the economic advantage that digital distribution provides to independent artists.

If you don’t understand how to market a product, start networking with those people that do. Go to trade shows to learn how to step with the best. Scour the Internet for marketing information and if at all possible take a course in marketing at your local junior college.

Musicians all say the same thing: “I do it because I love music, not because I want to make money.” That is true to a certain extent. We all love what we do, but if you don’t make money, you won’t be able to continue. Love the music, market and then collect the money to make your next project shine!

Jaci Rae is a #1 Best Selling author of The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money and Winning Points with the Woman in Your Life One Touchdown at a Time. Tune in for “The Jaci Rae Show” heard live around the world every Thursday: Click on the weekly show link
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2007 turned out to be the worst year in history for pet food recalls. There is no chance of being completely certain that your pet’s food is poisoned or will be on a recall list – but there are some important thing to look for and avoid that can improve your chances to locate a healthy, safe pet food.

Judging the safety or the nutritional value of a pet food starts by ignoring the advertising, the price of the pet food, and ignoring the front of the bag. The real signs to the safety of a dog food or cat food lie on the back or side of the bag or can in the ‘Ingredient Listing’. Regardless of what marketing terms (‘choice’, ‘premium’, and so on) are on the front of the bag or can of pet food, a pet owner cannot determine the quality or how safe the food is unless they look at the ingredients. With dry foods there can be 90 different ingredients (or more), with canned foods there can be 50 or more different ingredients. But don’t panicyou don’t have to understand hundreds of different pet food ingredients! You just need to be aware of a few key ingredientspet food ingredients that you do NOT want to see in a dog food or cat food (or treats).

‘Wheat Gluten’, ‘Corn Gluten’, or ‘Rice Gluten’. These three ingredients were the bad boy pet food ingredients of 2007. Tainted glutens were found to be the cause of thousands of dogs and cats becoming ill and dying. It is not that glutens themselves are toxic to pets – these ingredients have been used in pet foods for years. The problem was the source or manufacturer of the glutens – imported from countries with far less quality standards than in the US. (The majority of glutens used in the US pet foods are from imported sources.) These imported glutens contained added chemicals that caused crystals to form in the kidneys of dogs and cats.

It is important to avoid dog foods and cat foods that contain imported glutens. And pet owners should be aware that glutens provide no real nutrition to their pet’s food. Glutens can be used as a thickener and as a protein boost for a pet food. Adult dog foods must provide a minimum of 18% protein and adult cat foods must provide a minimum of 26% protein. Sometimes, when a pet food does not provide sufficient actual meat in a food – glutens are added to boost the protein to the required percentages. A better protein source for your pet comes from meat – not from glutens.

‘By Products’. By-products have never been the cause of a pet food recall, but they are definitely ingredients you want to avoid feeding your pet. To give you an understanding of by-products, I’d like to compare this pet food ingredient to pies – you know, the dessert! How many different types of pies you can think of? There are apple pies, cherry pies, chocolate pies, meringue pies, meat pies, mud pies, pie in math, cow pies (yuck!) – I think you get my point. Now imagine if you purchased a pie and you didn’t know what kind of pie it was. You wouldn’t know if it was apple pie or mud pie or even cow pie. All you would know is that you purchased a ‘pie’. The same thing applies to by-products in pet food.

The official AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials – responsible for all animal feed manufacturing rules and regulations) defines by-products as “meat by-products is the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs. It shall be suitable for use in animal food. If it bears name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto.”

The pet food ingredient by-product is a catch-all ingredient. Any or all left over animal tissues left over from human food are clumped into this one pet food ingredient. Pet owners have no guarantee of what they are feeding – intestines or liver. By-products can be listed in many variations on the pet food label – Chicken By-Products, Beef By-Products, Chicken By-Product Meal, Beef By-Product Meal, and so forth.

‘Meat Meal’, ‘Meat and Bone Meal’, or ‘Animal Digest’. These ingredients are very similar to by-products with a similar AAFCO definition. A catch all pet food ingredient using various left-over parts of animal tissue not used in human food. Again, no certainty of what your pet is actually eating.

‘Animal Fat’. The FDA has tested many different pet foods – and released a long list of foods that contain the drug pentobarbital – the drug used to euthanize dogs, cats, cattle, and horses.

How can the drug that is used to euthanize animals be found in pet food? The answer – euthanized animals are rendered (cooked) and the end ingredients are placed in pet food. It has long been rumored that euthanized dogs and cats (from animal shelters and veterinarian offices) is the major source of the pentobarbital in pet food. The FDA/CVM (Center for Veterinary Management) developed testing methods on two separate occasions to determine the species source of the drug. No results have ever been determined. The pet food manufacturers adamantly deny they use rendered dogs or cats – but again, NO clinical evidence has ever been released to confirm the pentobarbital is from euthanized cattle and horses in pet food as they claim.

However, the one thing the FDA/CVM has determined through their testing is the pet food ingredient ‘animal fat’ is the most common ingredient to contain pentobarbital. In other words, if you are feeding a dog food or cat food (or treats) with the ingredient ‘animal fat’ in the ingredient listing – you are (more than likely) feeding your pet euthanized animals. Not every batch of pet food tested that contained the ingredient ‘animal fat’ has proved to contain pentobarbital – but why would any pet owner want to take the chance? Avoid dog foods, cat foods, and dog and cat treats that contain the ingredient ‘animal fat’.

‘BHA’, ‘BHT’, ‘TBHQ’, and ‘Ethoxyquin’. These pet food ingredients are chemical preservatives and you might have to look through the entire ingredient list to find them. It is worth the look because there is plenty of clinical evidence to associate all four of these chemical preservatives with cancer and tumors (simply do a Google search on any one of these chemicals). All four of these chemical preservatives are rarely used to preserve human food and if so, are used in quantities far less than what is allowed in pet food. Avoid any dog food, cat food, or dog and cat treat that contains ‘BHA’, ‘BHT’, ‘TBHQ’, and ‘Ethoxyquin’ on the label.

‘Corn’, ‘Wheat’, ‘Soy’. There is no clinical evidence that these common pet food ingredients are dangerous to pets, but they have been associated with pet food recalls of the past. Grains such as corn, wheat, and soy (and all their variations) are prone to a deadly mold called aflatoxin. According to AAFCO regulations, pet food manufacturers are not required to test ingredients for safety or absence of mold.

Of course there is no guarantee to assure you your pet’s food will never be recalled, even though there should be. Avoiding pet food ingredients that have a controversial history and continuing to learn about what your pet eats will greatly improve your odds. And always read the ingredient listing on your pet’s food and treats.

Before you feed your pet one more meal, visit TruthAboutPetFood.com to learn how to choose the best, safest food for your dog or cat. Make sure you visit the Paws Club library of pet food articles and learn how Petsumer Report provides pet owners with information the pet food label doesn’t tell you. pet food, pet food recall, dog food, dog food recall, cat food, cat food recall
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When you are trying to get a good feel for what a summer camp is like it is a good idea to check out the Summer camp Blog. Here are just a few things you might find at Swift Nature Camp’s Blog.

Expect to capsize and swim occasionally when paddling a canoe, kayak or raft – it’s part of the sport! But when you hit the water unexpectedly, even strong swimmers need a lifejacket, also known as a personal flotation device (PFD). It allows you to concentrate on doing what’s needed to execute a self rescue and will allow you to assist others. Nearly 70% of all drownings involving canoes, kayaks or rafts might have been avoided if the victim had been wearing a lifejacket!

Charter into new waters this summer. For many kids, coming to camp is a big adventure! One of the biggest challenges is swimming in a lake. We all have had experience swimming in a nice blue pool. There is security in being able to see the bottom of the pool. Lake swimming is to enter the wild water and to cross a border. You pass the lake?s edge and you break the surface of the water itself. In doing so, you move from one realm into another: a newrealm of freedom, adventure, magic and occasional danger. Watch out for those Turtles and Fish! Swimming in open water is a newexperience that’s not to be feared, but embraced. Once you feel comfortable swimming in a lake, the world willopen up to you and wherever you see water you willsee a new adventure waiting. Swift Nature Camp has over 1500 acres of water right out your cabin front door. At Swift Nature Camp we have a wonderful swimming area full of fun toys, not to mention Wally (the water trampoline) & Sally (the slide). “Free Swim” is one of the most anticipated times of the camp day, but “Instructional Swim” is there tohelp give you build the confidence for those free swims. You can even earn American Red Cross Swimming levels

Swift Nature Camp is only a few short miles from Minnesota. It’s like having a Children’s summer camp in Minnesota. We are so fortunate to be able to avail ourselves to the natural beauty of Minnesota. Near Lake Superior, the largest of the great lakes. Many Swift Campers hike along the scenic bluffs of the Superior Hiking Trail. A little further north in Minnesota, campers participate in canoe trips to the Boundry Waters of Minnesota. This National Park is untouched by man. Here in this Minnesota camp, the views are breathtaking from the deep dark forests to the sparkling lakes, the naturalistic and simple beauty is evident while canoeing from lake to lake or just taking it easy while picking blue berries.

Horses! Enough said. Today’s children often have their first interactions with a horse at summer camp. For most of us living the urban dream it is hard to have enough time in a day or space to own a horse. Yet at camp, children have the opportunity to get back to our American roots and have a relationship with a horse. Yes, a relationship! Horses have personalities, even more so than your family dog. Because they can do so much more, carry you through the woods on trails to places campers have never seen before. Our goal at Swift Nature Camp is to help children build this relationship while understanding basic horse care while learning how to ride.

Over the past few years I have been happy to act as the Vice President of the Midwest Association of Independent Camps (M.A.I.C.). We represent the very best independently owned and operated summer camps in the Midwest. MAIC includes kids’ summer camps in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana. Our organization educates and inspires camping professionals to be their very best. MAIC is a group of camp professionals who are dedicated to promoting high quality standards in organized camping, while offering children and their parents the best possible summer camp experience. Members of MAIC have been meeting together and sharing ideas, methods and practices since 1960. To parents looking for a top quality resident camp or day camp in the Midwest: we are a great place to start your camp search. CampsRus.com is a camp directory that represents over 45 of the very best summer camps in the midwest. If you are looking for an amazing summer camp job working with children, be sure to choose an MAIC camp and start your search here! Remember MAIC camps are family run camps that are concerned for each child?s safety and emotional development. Above all else M.A.I.C. camps = fun, fun, fun, fun!

Jeff & Lonnie Lorenz, are Directors of Swift Nature Camp a Non-competitive, Traditional coed overnight summer camp in Wisconsin. Boys and Girls Ages 6-15. enjoy Nature, Animals & Science along with adventure camping.

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