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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. Thank you for your question. Thank you for giving Grizz a very good new home. He sounds like a very special guy. At this time, it sounds like he has the proper shelters / areas for him to regulate his warmth as he sees fit. In a situation like this, he knows where that igloo shelter is and if he is not staying warm where he is at the current time (on the doormat area with all that material to lay on) he will seek that shelter. For the most part, if an area is available for them to get out of the wind / the elements, they should be good in weather that can get into the teens. As long as he knows where these areas of shelter are, he will seek them when he's not staying warm where he is currently at. He's a smart dog and he will regulate himself. As far as the area on the porch where he's at, something easy to help him be more protected there is to put something up that could block any direct winds on him. Chairs with thick blankets over them to serve as wind breaks.
I'm glad to help. That change of environment can be one that is an eye opener for him, but I'm sure he's loving his new family and new home! As far as insulation for the igloo, just make sure that air circulation isn't totally cut off as he needs to get some fresh air through the night as he's sleeping in there. Honestly, if you have some old blankets in there, he'll push them around and move them around to help provide all the warmth he needs. These can be easily tossed into the wash if they get soiled or dirty and they won't leave a big mess on the porch. I just always have owners make sure that the blankets aren't being chewed on / used as chew toys as if they start to eat portions of them, that can be an issue with possible blockages.
You have done a very good job giving him the protection he needs from the elements. As far as brands of dog foods, this is a good question. Honestly, the best way I find to answer these questions is to say the following: Pick a good brand of dog food - there are a lot of them out there and I like Purina, Hill's, Iam's, Waltham, Eukanuba, etc.. Pick one that is easily obtained from a local vet / pet store / other store. Pick one that is in your price range. Pick one that your dog likes. Then as long as they are eating it, doing well on it as far as not getting overweight, and not having diarrhea or intermittent vomiting - then you've picked a good one for your dog!
If you have any more questions, definitely ask them. I have to go off line here tonight, but I will be back on in about 7 hours and get to those questions then.