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Local Pet Supply Store Owner Eats Dog Food for a Month

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RICHLAND, WA - A woman in Richland is em"bark"ing on a new mission. This month she's eating with her pets, and chowing down on nothing but pet food.

"Of course now when I share with the dogs, it's not like i'm giving them table scraps," Dorothy Hunter says. That's one way she can look at her menu for the next month. She owns Paws Natural Pet Emporium, where her endeavor started while stocking shelves.

"I didn't have time to go get a snack," she said, "so I grabbed a bag of treats off the counter, and I was like, wow, you know, these read better than normal people treats. So I started eating the treats and I was like, you know, I could do this for 30 days."

Now, she's a week in, eating nothing but cat and dog food, like flakes of salmon, and freeze dried chicken.

"I've also been doing our oven baked blueberry treats, as well as freeze dried green beans, carrots," she says, "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."

Even her employees have joined in, together they're trying kibble. Dorothy says it's not bad, but it's better with a little milk.

But this experiment isn't about taste, Dorothy has a bigger message.

"Learn about what you're eating and what you're feeding your pets. 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."

We compared two breakfast bars, and couldn't pronounce the ingredients in the one made for humans, but the bar made for pets is a different story. Now, the dogs aren't the only ones enjoying the benefits of healthier ingredients.

"My feet aren't swelling as much as they usually do after I've been on a 10 hour day," Dorothy explains. "I have lost 2.5 pounds, which i'm not going to complain about that, but I'm not doing this to promote dog food, or to loose weight... But at the same token I want to show that I believe in our products."

It's taking care of yourself, and taking care of your pets.

Dorothy says she is still drinking coffee, but she jokes that's probably in the best interest of everyone she works with.

Paws Natural Pet Emporium has two locations in the Tri-Cities; in Richland at 1420 Jadwin Avenue, and in Kennewick at 6713 W Clearwater Avenue.