Any ideas from some of the fellow dog lovers out there?
If this isn't what I consider soulmate crap, I don't know what is.
So we went to Target and bough one of their Hall benches, has the back that goes up about 5 feet and has hooks for coats and such, and bench part has a lid that lifts up, and you can store stuff in it.
My H then made an insert that had holes cut to hole their food and water bowls (used a rubber gasket for the water, so it didn't get the kibble wet) then stored the kibble underneath. It worked great, and when we had company coming, just flip the lid down.
It worked out really well. We are down to just one smallish lab these days, so we don't use it for that anymore, but still have the insert stored in the garage attic.
I bought a plastic wastebasket/recycling bin with a hinged lid. It's about 2 feet tall, 2 feet wide, and maybe 18 inches deep.
It holds a 50 pound bag of dry dog food, and I kept the scoop in it.