This might be a strange way to start a post but do you know anything about dalmatians? I knew someone who had one and besides being deaf from inbreeding for the spots, the dog had severe digestive problems. The solution for that was all the dog ate was rice, sometimes with peas in it for a treat. And the dog thrived on it. Other people have listed storing dog food and being worried about having enough put by, well stretching it with rice would make it last a long time. If you're worried about feeding fido then buying an extra couple of bags of rice would be a cheap fix. Just an idea.