Woman eats only pet food for 30 days to make a point
Dorothy Hunter says the ingredients in healthy pet foods are no different from what we eat, so she's chowing down on kibble and canned food to prove it.
Mon, Jul 07, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Dorothy Hunter is on a mission to start a conversation about food — just not the kind you think. (Photo: snapshot from video)
If you've been to a pet store lately, you've likely seen the variety of foods available for your kitty and canine friends.
There's organic food, grain-free food, natural food and holistic food, and you can find kibble or canned food for virtually every specialized diet.
With these kinds of options, it's no surprise the ingredients in much of our pets' food are just as nutritious as those in our own food. And one woman is out to prove it.
Dorothy Hunter, who owns Paws Natural Pet Emporium in Richland, Washington, believes that the food she sells in her store is not only good for pets, but it's also good for people.
To prove it, she's embarked on a 30-day pet food-only diet to raise awareness about the diets of people and their pets.
"I believe in our products and how good they are. I actually believe our pets are eating better than us," she said on her YouTube channel. "With that said, for the next month, until July 19 … I’m going to eat dog food for a month."
Hunter said she was inspired to try this new diet while restocking store shelves when she was hungry.
"I didn't have time to get a snack, so I grabbed a bag of treats off the counter, and I was like, 'Wow, you know, these read better than normal people treats,'" she told NBC affiliate KNDO. "So, I started eating the treats and I was like, 'You know, I can do this for 30 days.'"
Since beginning her new diet, Hunter has munched on everything from pumpkin dog treats to pet-friendly green-bean chips.
"This is a really good diet for me, because I'm going to be eating some green beans today," she told TODAY.
The FDA told TODAY in a statement that while pet food is not intended for humans, it is required to be free of pathogens and compliant with food additive regulations.
Hunter shares many of her eating escapades on YouTube, and her co-workers are often game to try a bite and weigh in the taste as well. In the video below, watch Hunter and an employee sample Merrick's Classic Grain-Free Grammy's Pot Pie canned dog food.
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