Dorothy Hunter, the owner of Paws Natural Pet Emporium, describes her moment of clarity before she embarked on a month-long diet of dog and cat food thusly: "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."
Hunter told NBC affiliate KNDO TV, “I started eating the treats and I was like, you know, I could do this for 30 days.”
Since June 19, Hunter has been on a strict and self-imposed diet of pet food only, including salmon flakes, freeze-dried chicken, oven-baked blueberry treats, freeze-dried vegetables, and even “some canned cat food, one is a succulent chicken, and it actually tastes really good.”
Since embarking on her quest, Hunter has even inspired a copycat. Paws Natural Pet Emporium employee Amanda Kempf told the Tri-City Herald, "My kids love the dog treats as well, and I don't mind them eating those because they are nutritious.”
So far, Hunter says that she’s already seen positive results from her doggy diet. "My feet aren't swelling as much as they usually do after I've been on a 10-hour day,” she told KNDO TV. "I have lost 2.5 pounds, which I'm not going to complain about.”
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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.