Feeding Dogs for Free

Feeding dogs for free is a possibility if you have a steady source of fish, as the author explains.



067 feeding dogs - hauling in a fish
Julie Collins hauls in a whitefish from her gill net on Lake Minchumina, Alaska. The nets are dropped from a canoe daily during the summer. When winter arrives, the lake is covered with a three-foot layer of ice. But once fishing holes have been cut, the nets can be left in the water for up to a week without any spoilage of the catch
PHOTO: MIKI AND JULIE COLLINS
067 feeding dogs - fresh caught fish
Feedings dogs a mess of whole cooked whitefish and pike—perhaps supplemented with a bit of oatmeal—provides them with a nutritionally balanced dinner.
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067 feeding dogs 3 husky watches pot boil
A watchful husky assesses the stew's progress. The dog pot is the bottom half of a 55-gallon drum, suspended from a tripod over an open fire.
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067 feeding dogs - surplus fish
Surplus fish are cleaned, scored, and dried for future meals
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067 feeding dogs - boiled fish
The meal is ready when the bones are soft, the meat crumbles easily into small chunks, and the whole mixture has a thick, mushy consistency.
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067 feeding dogs - serving her dogs2
The meal is dished out according to each animal's weight
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067 feeding dogs - eager to eat, eating
LEFT: A hungry and eager malamute. RIGHT: A contented head bows over the tasty, economical feast.
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