Why do the dogs get fed this food? Dogs are carnivores. They are not meant to eat grain, which is what dog food is made from, except the very high end (read that ridiculously priced) food. For seven large dogs, I would be spending about 500 dollars a month to feed them a high end no grain food. As it is, I feed them these meat scraps and the cost is about 200 dollars a month. If they were fed a good quality commercial dog food, the price would be about the same at $48 per bag. Another bonus with feeding meat to dogs, is there is less going out. Grain is not utilized and most of it comes back out the other end. Meat is used as food and digested, leaving only small stools. With seven dogs, that too, is a consideration, though the livestock guardian dogs will go a long distance so as not to soil their own territory. I like that. Just the border collie needs to be cleaned up after, and that is not so bad. As the puppies get older, they too are leaving the farm yard to do their business. That is how those dogs do it. That also marks their territory, giving animals a whiff of the dog's scent warning them to stay away.
So, the meat is on the wood stove, sort of and the dogs are waiting for supper. I will bring the Rubbermaid over and leave a box of food in it overnight. That should lessen this thawing task considerably. Ah, but I do love those dogs, those dogs who fight with their lives to protect that which is theirs.