Would you eat your dog’s food for one month to prove a point about pet food quality? One Washington pet store owner would, and she did! According to store owner Dorothy Hunter, the dog food she sells in her shop is good for both dogs and people. To prove this and to raise awareness about what people are putting into their bodies and their pets’ bodies, Dorothy put herself on a 30-day pet food only diet eating only the dog food and treats stocked in her store.
“I believe in our products and how good they are. I actually believe our pets are eating better than us,” Dorothy 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.”
You’re probably wondering how on earth she came to decide to take on such a challenge — the idea came to her while restocking the store’s shelves on a hungry stomach.
“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,’” said Dorothy. “So, I started eating the treats and I was like, ‘You know, I can do this for 30 days.’”
Commercially produced pet food does not have the best reputation when it comes to pet health and nutrition. The problem with commercial pet food is that it’s linked to such pet issues as obesity, digestive issues, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and the development of allergies. Growth hormones, pesticides and antibiotics are common additives, along with a host of other foreign ingredients, found in a lot of commercial people food, which are also unhealthy additives found in our pets’ commercially produced foods. Makes you want to homemake all of your dog’s food!
From dog food options ranging from organic and natural to gain-free and holistic, Dorothy is still popping open cans of her store’s dog food with a little more than a week to go. It’s important to note the FDA states that pet food is not intended for humans, though it’s required to be free of pathogens and compliant with food additive regulations.
What are your thoughts about what Dorothy Hunter is doing?
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