Tuffy's Pet Foods Office, Perham, MN.

Tuffy’s Pet Foods (makers of NutriSource, Pure Vita, Natural Planet Organics and Natural Planet pet foods) is owned by the Nelson Family of Perham, Minnesota. Where’s Perham? It’s about three hours north of Minneapolis. The family owns their own manufacturing plant and all the dry dog and cat food is made right there and only there in their plant.

It’s a third generation family business. Darrell Nelson started it all. Darrell had his son Kenny and Kenny had Charlie. Kenny and Charlie run the business today.

When Darrell was 12 years old, one day he was playing high up in a tree. A group of older boys were walking by, when all of a sudden, Darrell fell out of that tree, crashing through the branches and hitting the ground. Well, you can imagine the startled response of those passing boys – to say nothing of how Darrell must have felt. But, no matter how hurt Darrell might have been, he must have picked himself up, shook off the leaves and twigs, and said, I’m fine, I’m fine…… because right there on that day, he was given the nickname, “Tuffy.”

Even as an adult, he was known as Tuffy Nelson.

Darrell "Tuffy" Nelson.

More about the family next time…..