A pet store owner in Washington State is hoping to raise awareness about the diets of our pets as well as ourselves. Dorothy Hunter, owner and operator of Paws Natural Pet Emporium in Richland, has vowed to eat nothing but dog food from the shelves on her store’s counter for 30 straight days.
Hunter got the idea one day at work when she was hungry. Instead of going out for a snack, she opened up a bag of treats from one of the shelves and tried a sample. It turned out to taste better than she had anticipated, leading her to believe, “I could do this for 30 days.” Hunter’s new cravings inspired some of her employees to sample some of the goodies too, though none of them are actively participating on the same meal plan.
Hunter isn’t settling for Purina and Milk Bones, her store sells a variety of natural and organic pet foods and snacks. From cheese to fruits and vegetables and even canned food with real meat, she seems to be getting all the nutrition she needs. The average dog food contains protein, carbohydrates and fats; a small part of a complete breakfast, but enough to sustain dogs, cats and humans (at least for a short while) as basic dietary needs.
Although results may vary if you were to proceed with the “Kibbles and Bits diet” today, Hunter claims to have lost 2.5 pounds since commencing the diet on June 19. “My feet aren't swelling as much as they usually do after I've been on a 10 hour day,” she said Tuesday. “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."
It is not recommended to eat regular dog food regularly; it is not subjected to stringent health standards as people food, nor is it regulated by the FDA. In small amounts, you’ll probably be okay, minus that awful taste in your mouth; but there seems to be a difference with the natural pet food sold in the Richland, Wash. store. The United States is not only home of the fattest people on the planet, but the fattest pets as well; if you’re ready to rethink the way you eat, consider your pet’s dietary needs as well (or visa versa).