More good news - I've found a limited ingredient food for him at a much friendlier price. Natural Balance makes a sweet potato and venison formula that is "only" $50 for 28 pounds. Compare that with his current Science Diet potato and venison formula at $80 for 27 pounds. The Big Red Dog isn't exactly a light eater so fingers crossed for a successful and uneventful food switch.
Second update: It's official - I'm old. Got my first pair of bifocals today. There's a bit of a learning curve. To see distant things, I look out the top of the lens. To see close up things, I look out the bottom of the lens. I haven't figured out what to do with the no-man's land in the middle yet but I'm happy to report I managed to cook, serve and eat supper and clean up the kitchen tonight, involving boiling water, a mixer and sharp knives and I'm still in one piece.
Third update: New product review - got some new water bowls for the dogs' crates in the vans. They're made by Kennel Technologies (got them from CleanRun.com) and they're great because they DON'T RATTLE like metal buckets.
I'm a little OCD when it comes to rattles in the van. They make me crazy. These are hard plastic bowls that attach to holders that screw onto the wires of the crate. They are malinois tested and approved. Phoenix had to nibble on his a little, just to make it his own.
I will post a picture when I get ambitious enough to take one.