July 4, 2014 3:34 pm

‘Ruff’ diet: Woman vows to eat only pet food for a month


Richland, Washington resident Dorothy Hunter wants to spread the word about just how good the food she sells is.

There’s just one catch: Dorothy owns a pet store, and the food she sells is pet food.

But that hasn’t stopped her from embarking on a 30-day all-pet food challenge, eating only the pet food products she sells in-store.

For the time being, her dinner menu will consist of items like kibble, flakes of salmon, and freeze dried chicken.

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As the owner of Paws Natural Pet Emporium explains, her dietary experiment started with some light snacking.

“I didn’t have time to go get a snack, so I grabbed a bag of treats off the counter, and I was like, wow, you know, these taste better than normal people treats,” Hunter told KNDU news in Kennewick, Washington.

“So I started eating the treats and I was like, you know, I could do this for 30 days.”

According to Hunter she’s well over a week into her dietary expedition, eating nothing but all natural dog and cat food.

“I’ve also been doing our oven baked blueberry treats, as well as freeze dried green beans, carrots. I’m even doing some canned cat food.”

Forget being grossed out – Hunter told reporter Claire Graham that she’s seen real benefits to being on the pet food diet.

“My feet aren’t swelling as much as they usually do after I’ve been on a 10 hour day. I have lost 2.5 pounds.”

Eating nothing but pet food forces you to more carefully examine the ingredients, Hunter says – something she hopes will translate to “human food” as well.

“I think if we can get the awareness out of reading the ingredients, and really understanding what is in the pet food, that that will eventually carry over. If you’re feeding your pet healthy, maybe you’ll start reading the ingredients of your own foods, and maybe you can start eating healthy too.”

At the end of the day though, it’s really about standing behind the products you sell.

“I want to show that I believe in our products.”

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