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* In ''Literature/{{Borgel}}'': Melvin and the dog Fafner are trapped at an interdimensional root-beer stand with nothing to eat but rootbeer floats for a month to their increasing despair. When they find a bag of dog kibble in the car, both are overjoyed to subsist on the dog food. Melvin describes it as nutritious and excellent with root beer.


* Wet dog food isn't actually that bad. In some cases, sausages are made from what's left over. Dry dog kibble has been recommended as a good emergency food to stash in your car; it stores well, it's nutritious, and you won't be tempted to eat it until it's ''really'' an emergency. The main issue is that it lacks vitamin C, because dogs don't need it in their diet, so anyone eating dog food long term would need an outside source of vitamin C or face scurvy.

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* Wet dog food isn't actually that bad. In some cases, sausages are made from what's left over.over (especially hot-dogs, despite [[MysteryMeat rumors to the contrary]]). Dry dog kibble has been recommended as a good emergency food to stash in your car; it stores well, it's nutritious, and you won't be tempted to eat it until it's ''really'' an emergency. The main issue is that it lacks vitamin C, because dogs don't need it in their diet, so anyone eating dog food long term would need an outside source of vitamin C or face scurvy.



* [[http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000070.php Volume 3]] of "Steve, Don't Eat It!" has Steve trying out Beggin' Strips in a "Beggin', Lettuce and Tomato" sandwich. He finds out the hard way that Beggin' Strips do ''not'' taste like bacon. He also points out that the ingredients of Beggin' Strips include the very vague "meat".

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* [[http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000070.php Volume 3]] of "Steve, Don't Eat It!" has Steve trying out Beggin' Strips in a "Beggin', Lettuce and Tomato" sandwich. He finds out the hard way that Beggin' Strips do ''not'' taste like bacon. He also points out that the ingredients of Beggin' Strips include the very vague "meat"."[[MysteryMeat meat]]".


* [[http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000070.php Beggin', Lettuce and Tomato sandwich]].

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* [[http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000070.php Beggin', Volume 3]] of "Steve, Don't Eat It!" has Steve trying out Beggin' Strips in a "Beggin', Lettuce and Tomato sandwich]].Tomato" sandwich. He finds out the hard way that Beggin' Strips do ''not'' taste like bacon. He also points out that the ingredients of Beggin' Strips include the very vague "meat".





* ''Startoons'' (a collection of StarWars parody comics) had a panel where Han is at the dinner table, munching on a bowl of something and commenting to Chewbacca that it was pretty good stuff. Chewy is holding a 50 pound bag labelled "Burina Humanoid Chow"

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* ''Startoons'' (a collection of StarWars Franchise/StarWars parody comics) had a panel where Han is at the dinner table, munching on a bowl of something and commenting to Chewbacca that it was pretty good stuff. Chewy is holding a 50 pound bag labelled "Burina Humanoid Chow"

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* In an early episode of ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', the only thing to eat in Ralph's apartment was a half-empty box of dog biscuits, which Bill the FBI agent tucked into with a shrug. He developed a taste for the things that became a RunningGag for the rest of the series.
** They really are remarkably tasty.


* In an early episode of ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', the only thing to eat in Ralph's apartment was a half-empty box of dog biscuits, which Bill the FBI agent tucked into with a shrug. He developed a taste for the things that became a RunningGag for the rest of the series.
** They really are remarkably tasty.


--->'''Lister''': And you can take that look off your face: like I'm doing something disgusting. I'm just trying to stay alive.\\
'''Rimmer''': You're going to eat the dog food.\\
'''Lister''': I haven't eaten for six days. Yes, I'm going to eat the dog food.\\

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--->'''Lister''': And you can take that look off your face: face, like I'm doing something disgusting. I'm just trying to stay alive.\\
'''Rimmer''': ''[nauseated]'' You're going to eat the dog food.\\
'''Lister''': Yeah. Yeah! I haven't eaten for six days. Yes, I'm going to gonna eat the dog food.\\



'''Lister''': This isn't dog food. It's a piece of prime fillet steak in blue cheese sauce. It's been charcoal broiled in garlic butter, and it's going to taste delicious. Delicious. Delicious.\\

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'''Lister''': This Rimmer, this isn't dog food. It's a piece of prime fillet steak in blue cheese sauce. It's been charcoal broiled in garlic butter, and it's going to taste delicious. Delicious. Delicious.\\


* In ''TheBindingOfIsaac'' you might find different containers of dog food, which raise your HP by one heart. Said food not only has flies surrounding it, it's also named "Lunch", "Dessert" and "Dinner". Which casts a rather disturbing light on just what kind of childhood the poor kid actually had.

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* In ''TheBindingOfIsaac'' ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' you might find different containers of dog food, which raise your HP by one heart. Said food not only has flies surrounding it, it's also named "Lunch", "Dessert" and "Dinner". Which casts a rather disturbing light on just what kind of childhood the poor kid actually had.


** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 76}}'' brings it back, but makes it significantly more common than many other pre-war food products and offers it as a quest reward more commonly than other foodstuffs. It even includes a perk that triples it's effectiveness as a foodstuff and healing item.

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** * ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 76}}'' brings it back, but makes it significantly more common than many other pre-war food products and offers it as a quest reward more commonly than other foodstuffs. It even includes a perk that triples it's effectiveness as a foodstuff and healing item.


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* ''VideoGame/MadMax'': Taking its cue from ''The Road Warrior'', dog food is the ''most'' palatable food in the game. The other options are varmints that Max steps on and ''maggots.''


* Dog food isn't actually that bad. In some cases, sausages are made from what's left over.
** They also pump it full of anti-bacterials so most dog food is, at a minimum, not dangerous to eat.
** Dry dog kibble has been recommended as a good emergency food to stash in your car; it stores well, it's nutritious, and you won't be tempted to eat it until it's ''really'' an emergency. Not to mention the fact that, much like sand or kitty litter (something else you're recommended to keep in your trunk,) it can be poured under the tires to give traction in the event you're stuck in mud, snow etc.
** The main issue with eating dog food isn't what's in it, it's what's not in it. For example, dogs produce their own vitamin C, so they don't need to have any in their diet. A human eating nothing but dog food would quickly get scurvy (and possibly other nutritional deficiencies) if they don't get these missing bits somehow. This obviously only comes into play if someone is eating exclusively dog food, if someone eats it for a few days in an emergency situation it won't be an issue. And for longer term, there are vitamin C supplements.

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* Dog Wet dog food isn't actually that bad. In some cases, sausages are made from what's left over.
** They also pump it full of anti-bacterials so most dog food is, at a minimum, not dangerous to eat.
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over. Dry dog kibble has been recommended as a good emergency food to stash in your car; it stores well, it's nutritious, and you won't be tempted to eat it until it's ''really'' an emergency. Not to mention the fact that, much like sand or kitty litter (something else you're recommended to keep in your trunk,) it can be poured under the tires to give traction in the event you're stuck in mud, snow etc.
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The main issue with is that it lacks vitamin C, because dogs don't need it in their diet, so anyone eating dog food isn't what's in it, it's what's not in it. For example, dogs produce their own vitamin C, so they don't need to have any in their diet. A human eating nothing but dog food long term would quickly get scurvy (and possibly other nutritional deficiencies) if they don't get these missing bits somehow. This obviously only comes into play if someone is eating exclusively dog food, if someone eats it for a few days in need an emergency situation it won't be an issue. And for longer term, there are outside source of vitamin C supplements.or face scurvy.



** Most people can't tell the difference between dog food and cheap, cold beef stew through. A little label swap and the humiliation is acomplished rather more easily.



* Horse treats taste pretty good, though they often cost more than normal candy. They taste remarkably similar to energy bars marketed towards runners. For some brands, the horse treats taste better.
** This isn't a coincidence. The oats and grains that go into energy bars and the oats and grains that go into horse food are the exact same plants, grown on the same farms, processed in the same factories and sold by the same supplier. The horse treats taste better due to having higher sugar content (often as molasses) to fuel a horse's much higher energy consumption, but they're otherwise identical.
* Every dog owner has at least ''wondered'' what Fido's biscuits really taste like. Very dry and bland, mostly. Milkbones in particular have often been compared to harder Cheerios.
** Just about every child that has lived in a house with a dog in it has eaten a dog biscuit at some point in time. Some mothers even give them to teething children to chew on, because it helps with the pain of tooth eruption and can help remove some of the gum, letting the teeth break through more easily. This doesn't hurt the child, as there's nothing particularly dangerous to humans (even young ones) in the dog biscuits themselves.
** Some people actually eat them because they're low on calories but they are pretty filling so in case you get the munchies you can eat something that won't fatten you much.

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* Horse treats taste pretty good, though they often cost more than normal candy. They taste remarkably similar to energy bars marketed towards runners. For some brands, the horse treats taste better.
** This isn't a coincidence.
better. The oats and grains that go into energy bars and the oats and grains that go into horse food are the exact same plants, grown on the same farms, processed in the same factories and sold by the same supplier. The horse treats taste better due to having higher sugar content (often as molasses) to fuel a horse's much higher energy consumption, but they're otherwise identical.
* Every dog owner has at least ''wondered'' what Fido's biscuits really taste like. Very dry and bland, mostly. Milkbones in particular have often been compared to harder Cheerios.
** Just about every child that has lived in a house with a dog in it has eaten a dog biscuit at some point in time. Some mothers even give them to teething children to chew on, because it helps with the pain of tooth eruption and can help remove some of the gum, letting the teeth break through more easily. This doesn't hurt the child, as there's nothing particularly dangerous to humans (even young ones) in the dog biscuits themselves.
** Some people actually eat them because they're low on calories but they are pretty filling so in case you get the munchies you can eat something that won't fatten you much.
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** The liberal blog Firedoglake derisively refers to President Obama's deficit commission as "The Catfood Commission".

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** * The liberal blog Firedoglake derisively refers to President Obama's deficit commission as "The Catfood Commission".



* Subverted with the pet food sold in Mexico: Depending on the brand and when did you buy the food, while most of the pet food sold there is safe for pets, on the other hand that food could be dangerous to eat for humans or normally it could taste really bad. This is justified, as that food is never intended for human consumption anyways.
* In the mid-90s after the Ontario government made heavy cuts to welfare allowances, then-Minister of Community and Social Services David Tsubouchi introduced a "budget menu" that people on assistance should follow. While it didn't include dog food (yet), one suggestion was to haggle with shop owners to lower the price of canned tuna (which many people DO feed to their pets). The Minister was nicknamed "Tuna Tsubouchi."


* The ''VideoGame/TexMurphy'' games.

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* ''Film/LethalWeapon4'': Rigg is sitting with his girlfriend and their dog. His girlfriend goes "Here boy!" and tosses a biscuit which Riggs chomps out of mid-air like a dog.

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* ''Film/LethalWeapon4'': Rigg In ''Film/LethalWeapon3'', Murtaugh tries to get Riggs to stop smoking by giving him dog biscuits to chew on instead. Riggs soon develops a taste for them and starts snacking on them when he gets hungry. This continues in the beginning of ''Film/LethalWeapon4'', where Riggs is sitting with his girlfriend Lorna and their dog. His girlfriend Lorna goes "Here boy!" and tosses a biscuit which Riggs chomps out of mid-air like a dog.

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* In one episode of ''Series/DualSurvival'', Cody and Dave share a can of dog food because they have nothing else to eat. As they're eating, Cody notes that dog food sales noticeably spike in times of economic hardship and that the US government requires dog food to be made to human consumption standards as a result.

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* Music/IggyPop's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rQLLpgxjvs "Dog Food"]] is nominally about this, though in tone and meaning it is more a denunciation of fads and snobbery. In the song, Pop asserts that eating dog food is 'a current craze' that is '[his] whole life', and even 'composes [his] wife'.

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