Chew on this: A woman in Richland, Washington, is on a 30-day mission to eat nothing but pet food.
Dorothy Hunter embarked on the bizarre diet June 19 while stocking shelves at her business, Paws Natural Pet Emporium.
"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 read better than normal people treats," she told KNDO TV. "So I started eating the treats and I was like, you know, I could do this for 30 days."
So far, she doesn't have a bone to pick with the foods she's eating -- to a point.
"I've also been doing our oven baked blueberry treats, as well as freeze dried green beans, carrots," she told the station. "I'm even doing some canned cat food, one is a succulent chicken, and it actually tastes really good. So I'm really happy with that one. I don't do raw bones or meat products like that, or the frozen because I'm just not into raw."
Hunter has lost at least two pounds eating pet food, and gained a dining partner in employee Amanda Kempf, who has been feeding the pet food to her kids as well.
"My kids love the dog treats as well, and I don't mind them eating those because they are nutritious," Kempf told the Tri-City Herald. "They even told their teachers, who then asked me if it was true. Everything is labeled here so you know what you're buying, and you're buying nutrition."
Like human food, pet food is required to be compliant with food additive regulations and be free of pathogens. Still, consuming kibble comes at a risk, according to nutrition expert Madelyn Fernstrom.
"Choosing to experiment with pet food as a long term option is a nutritional negative and might make you sick," she told Today.com.
Hunter's 30-day pet food gorge mission just happens to coincide with the expansion of her store, but Mike Rylander of WTFark.com hopes it coincides with something that makes more sense.
"Please tell me this has something to do with the legalization of weed in Washington and not that she was just hungry and lazy," he said.
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