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  • Hoji

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    Freeze dried dog food will stay stable stored correctly for years, but it is very expensive.

    To @Sam Colt s suggestion of buying a freeze dryer, there is only one place in the country that makes / sells home use units. Your results will be 50/50 on whether or not you get a working machine, and they totally suck at customer service.

    Sam has one and it works great, my $4200 experience with them sucked so much I just returned the unit and got a refund. Broke after the first batch of freeze dried food I made.
     

    no2gates

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    What I would do is to always keep 2 spare bags and rotate them out. If SHTF so bad that 2 40lb bags run out, then the dogs become a food source.

    We have enough food for the family for over a year, but only 4 to 6 weeks of spare dog food.
     
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    Sam7sf

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    So...Most dogs don't make it past 12 years. Why buy food that's going to last him 25 years?

    One thing I do is I keep old frozen food off to the side for the dogs. Or left overs I don't want, I freeze em for the dogs. If the world goes to hell...Dogs eat what I eat.
     

    no2gates

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    Ah man, that;s cold!

    I'd go hunt varmints before I'd eat my dog.

    Most dogs are great alarm systems too, so they are more than just pets.
    I plan on hunting varmints too, but if push came to shove and the food supply was dwindling, and the varmints weren't enough to sustain the family and the dogs, then it's not going to look good for their outcome.
     
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    Grumps21

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    If you have a terrier, they might could take care of themselves. When I lived in the country for several years, my Jack Russell used to kill squirrels, mice, birds, snakes, and even a possum and leave them at the back door for me to see when I got home from work. My current shepherds, not so much.
     

    studenygreg

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    My dog eats a 30 lb bag a month. I bought 12 bags of food a year ago. I keep buying a bag a month but swap out the an old bag each month. That's about all I will commit to him at the moment.

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    TheDan

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    Since my dog has started to have early renal failure, I've been making her plain chicken, rice, and vegetables. The 25lb bags of rice store a long time already. Easy enough to can some unseasoned chicken and veg for her.

    There's been a time or two where I've sprinkled a little Tony's on her food and ate it myself, so dual purpose rations :laughing:
     
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