Valentines Gifts for Your Furry Loves

February 13, 2017

It is February and we think that someone special in your life deserves something made with love. So we decided to show you how to make your pets some special Valentines gifts to show them how much we love them! First is a super simple NO-SEW heart plush toy and second is a healthy and delicious frozen treat!

N0-Sew Plush Toy

Here is what you will need:vdaypillow
  • ½ a yard of fleece material (we got ½ yard of red and ½ yard of pink to make different colors)
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie or material marker
  • Stuffing
  • Organic catnip (if you are making for cats







STEP 1 – Cut Material

Cut the material into pieces 19 ½ inches in height (how it comes off roll) and 8 ½ inches wide.

STEP 2 – Fold and Cut

You should have a rectangle piece of material.  Fold the rectangle in half horizontally, and cut in between the folded crease to create 2 squares that are the same size. Squares should be on top of each other they will stay like this.

STEP 3 – Draw Heart and Cut Strips

With your sharpie or material marker, draw a heart onto the square of material you just made. Using a stencil to draw the heart and a ruler to center it will make for a more uniform shape. Our pets are not that particular so for simplicity sake we free-handed the heart. After drawing the heart, cut the material into strips around the heart, try not to cut into the heart.

STEP 4 – Tie Strips

Start to tie the matching top and bottom strips into knots, continue doing this until you have about 3 pairs of strips left to tie.

S4Once almost all your ties are tied, you can stuff your toy with the stuffing, or stuffing and catnip for cats. You will put the stuffing into the toy through the untied ties. Once your toy is stuffed to your preference, finish tying the remaining ties.S4b


Once you have finished tying all the ties, you will have a new dog or cat toy!

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PROJECT 2 – Strawberry Raw Yogurt Pops

While you enjoy your chocolate covered strawberries, share some love for your four legged furry family member by making them a Frozen Strawberry Raw Yogurt Pop. P2S6

Here is what you’ll need:
  • 1 Banana
  • 8 strawberries
  • 1 – 4oz Steve’s Real Food Goat Milk Yogurt
  • 1 blender
  • 1 heart shaped silicone baking sheet
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Make sure you wash your strawberries and remove the leaves, peel the banana, and make sure the goat yogurt is defrosted. If you forgot to defrost the yogurt simply leave it on your counter for about 30 min and then cut the top of the pouch off. You should be able to squeeze the partially defrosted yogurt out. Once that is all done put all the ingredients into your blender. Blend until smooth.

P2S2Place the silicone baking sheet on a metal backing sheet. This will make it easier to transport to your freezer. Pour the mixture into the heart shaped silicone baking sheet. Do not fuss about drips outside of the heart. You can use the back of a knife to scrape in into other hearts or off the sheet. Put the baking sheet in the freezer overnight.


We let Duckie and Harley eat what was left over!

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Once the hearts are completely frozen remove from the freezer and “pop” out the hearts. This recipe makes a lot of hearts, we recommend sharing the love and giving them to friends and families who have their own furry family members. P2S5




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January 18, 2017


During the winter, it can be difficult to find activities to do with your dog, that doesn’t require you to put on your boots and coat. One of the things we love is making a yummy dog treat that you can enjoy with your dog while cuddling on the couch and watching your favorite flick. Here is one of our favorite recipes

Banana Chia Dog Cookies

We are always trying new and exciting crafts for our dogs! This month we tried making our own dog treats! There are many DIY recipes for dog treats. We found this simple recipe and decided to try it. These treats have three simple and nutritious ingredients and our dogs loved them!

  • 1 Banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
  • ¼ Cup Chia Seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a blender or food processor blend the banana and pumpkin puree until it becomes a smooth texture. In a separate bowl mix the Coconut Flour and Chia Seeds. Pour in the Banana mixture over the chia and coconut flour and stir until it is a dough-like consistency. Knead dough into a ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/2 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the treats into the shape you want and lay on the baking sheet.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool and serve with a tasty side of Raw Goat Milk. Store in the refrigerator.


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CarnaForage Ingredients

April 26, 2016


Raw Goat MilkRaw Goat Milk

Raw goat milk has 47% more Vitamin A, 25% more Vitamin B6, and 134% more potassium than its rival, cow’s milk. It is also packed with probiotics, enzymes, electrolytes, and other micronutrients that have many health-boosting properties. It soothes inflammation and relieves symptoms of IBD, Colitis, Pancreatitis and other digestive issues. Due to the lower levels of the Alpha-s1 casein which makes the curd much smaller, it’s a perfect daily supplement for dogs that are lactose intolerant. Unlike cow milk – which takes six hours to digest – goat milk can be fully digested in as little as 30 minutes. This benefits your pets because the energy used during digestion is saved and leaves room for the body to heal itself.


pile of coconut flower on a wooden cutting board

Coconut flour

Coconut flour is approximately 60% pure fiber and is used as a detoxification booster. It contains about 14% coconut oil, making it a good source of medium chain fatty acids.  It is also high in naturally occurring trace minerals. The low levels of carbohydrates reduce the glycemic index and helps with balancing blood sugar levels.  It increases metabolism, supports digestive health and is grain and gluten free.

Why are all these greens in CarnaForage?

Spinach, Kale, Parsley and Cilantro are included to make our green smoothie a high source of L-Glutamine. Glutamine is the primary energy source for the mucosal cells in the digestive tract. During periods of stress – such as with IBD – the biologic need for glutamine increases dramatically as the body tries to replace the damaged mucosal cells. Glutamine can also be very useful in reducing loss of muscle mass during times of injury, stress, or high endurance activities.


A long-time superfood, Spinach is incredibly nutrient-dense but low in calories.  It is a great source of Calcium, Vitamins K, A, C, B2, E, and B6, Iron, Folate, Manganese, magnesium, zinc, fiber, selenium, niacin, omega 3s, and copper (gasp for breath).  It has tons of flavonoids/antioxidants, which protect the body from free radicals. It is high in iron, and it is anti-inflammatory, which is great for IBD, arthritis, allergies, and other inflammatory issues. Folate protects the colon and is good for the cardiovascular system, lutein promotes eye health, and it is also heart-healthy. The only downside to it is that when conventionally grown, spinach has one of the highest rates of pesticide use.  So we use pesticide-free sources, and you should for your family, too.

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Kale is the popular kid in school right now!  You are seeing more varieties at the grocery store, kale salads are making it to the pot-luck dinner table, and people are buying in bulk at your local warehouse store. There is good reason for it’s popularity. It is one of the highest-fiber plants available, and is one of the best natural sources for vitamin K. It also has a substantial amount of Beta-Carotene, Vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and other trace minerals.  Most of the fat in Kale comes from alpha-linolenic acid, a healthy omega-3. It is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Its antioxidants help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and it is are anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Lastly, it contains quercetin and kaempferol, which are two flavonoids that some people claim have anti-cancer properties.


Closeup of an organic spirulina algae powder in a wooden spoon on white wooden background


Spirulina is a microscopic algae with a diverse set of nutritional properties.  It has the highest protein level of any non-meat food, yet its protein is four times more absorbable than its meat-based counterparts, making it easy on the liver. It also has the highest concentration of beta carotene, vitamin b-12, iron, and trace minerals, as well as GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) of any food.  It contains phytonutrients like phycocyanin, polysaccharides, and sulfolipids that enhance the immune system, and possibly reduce the risk of infection, cancer, and autoimmune disease.  Spirulina also contains chlorophyll, which detoxifies the body.

But this isn’t all!  Spriulina has mmany other health benefits. For example, it enhances the body’s cellular communication process and ability to read and repair DNA.  This benefit improves immune system function, and fosters the generation of new blood cells.  It also increases macrophages and makes them more effective at killing germs.  The animal feed industry is studying its use as a probiotic to reduce use of antibiotics in feed animals, which is great for everyone, and it is also being studied as a way to provide crucial nutrition to third-world countries.  Spirulina promotes digestion and bowel function, suppresses bad bacteria like e-coli and candida yeast, and stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.  We are getting to the end, I promise!  It also reduces kidney toxicity, and contains essential fatty acids that are great for your dog’s skin and coat. Finally, it contains all eight essential amino acids, making it a very complete food, and is full of chelated minerals, trace minerals, and enzymes.

Chia seeds (lat. Salvia hispanica) on small bamboo plate photographed on slate with natural light. Chia seeds are considered a superfood containing proteins omega fats minerals and antioxidants (Selective Focus Focus one third into the chia)

Chia Seed

Chia is the ancient word in Mayan for “strength”. It has been eaten by humans since ancient times, and for good reason. It is low in calories, but high in nutrients – one ounce contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, manganese, magnesium, vitamins B3, B1, and B2, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, and Potassium. It is packed full of antioxidants, which fight free radicals and protect the body from cancer cells and aging.  Chia has the potential to lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Fresh parsley on wooden background


The leaves, seeds, and roots can be prepared in a tea, a tincture, or dried.  It is a mild diuretic which benefits rheumatoid conditions, and helps the body eliminate uric acid, which can cause arthritis pain.  The plant is very nutritious and full of protein and trace minerals, and is great for animals with anemia.  It is especially helpful for urinary tract infections, because the oils in the leaves have antiseptic qualities.  And, of course, it freshens the breath and aids in indigestion.

Field of dandelions. First spring flowers - yellow dandelion. Shallow depth of fieldDandelion

Dandelion is one of the most complete plant foods on earth.  It has a ton of vitamin A, it is high in protein, vitamins, trace minerals, and potassium.  Dandelion ‘warms’ the digestive system, increases bile acid production, is non-irritating and helps jump start the digestive system. It reduces stress to the pancreas and help pets with an already “inflamed” digestive system, and can be beneficial in soothing Pancreatitis and other inflammatory digestive tract issues.   As a mild diuretic, it helps the body eliminate the toxins while helping replenish things like potassium.  The root is a liver tonic or stimulant, and can help improve and detox that organ. It is very gentle, and the flowers are mild pain relievers.

fresh coriander or cilantro bouquet on old wood table


Cilantro is best known because of its power to help the body cleans toxic metals – the chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue.  In addition, it contains antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber. Its mineral content includes folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, beta carotene, and a TON of vitamin A, which is great for healthy skin and vision, and can protect from lung cancer.  It also has a ton of vitamin K, which helps strengthen bones and protect the brain from neuronal damage.

Seeds of a milk thistle with flowers (Silybum marianum Scotch Thistle Marian thistle ) on wooden table

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle has been used to treat everything from cancer to milk production in mothers, but it is most widely used for liver health.  It is a beautiful, purple flowering herb plant native to the Mediterranean region.  Its medicinally active ingredient is called Silymarin, which is actually the collective name for three flavonoids – Silibinin, Silidianin, and Silicristin, all extracted from the plants seeds. It is being studied in its effects to stop the spread of lung cancer, as well as for the prevention of skin cancer. Silymarin displaces toxins trying to bind to the liver, and stimulates the production of new liver cells to replace damaged cells. It increases glutathione levels which allows absorption of the important L-glutamine from the Kale, spinach and parsley. Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant, playing a role in liver detoxification and protecting the liver from oxidative stress.




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As you can see, everything in our CarnaForage Enhance product is specifically designed to improve the health of your pet.  With so many great benefits, it is a fantastic way to boost your pet’s nutrition.  CarnaForage comes in a reusable glass milk bottle and an 8-ounce refill carton. On the reusable milk bottle, there is a fill line with indicates how much liquid to add. Simply fill it up, shake to re-hydrate and store in your fridge. Each day pour the recommended feeding amount onto your dog’s kibble, canned or raw food. When you have used all the product, wash the bottle and refill with any of the enhance freeze-dried milk products. The 8-ounce refill containers are designed to give your pet a full month of raw, super nutrition.







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Enhance – CannaGurt

April 12, 2016

CANNAGURTIn June of last year,  the Steve’s Real Food team was sitting in our weekly meeting,  and we started to talk about making a goat milk product with added Cannabis. My science brain starting turning, thinking of all the great potential and health-improving possibilities that this type of product could have. Quickly to follow, the Veterinary Technician part of my brain remembered those poor “stoned” pets that had been brought in to the emergency clinic that had accidentally eaten some stash of a tasty green leaf plant they had found in a baggie somewhere in the house.

I believe that some people hear the word Cannabis and immediately they think that is it bad and alters the mind causing a “high”. They don’t have enough good information to understand that there are different components to the cannabis plant and that it is possible to get the benefits without the high.  When people don’t understand this, they are unfortunately misinformed about its great medicinal potential.

So what exactly is the difference between the psychoactive “high” and the medicinal properties of Cannabis?

Dr. Rob Silver, a veterinarian leading research and public awareness on the medicinal benefits of medical marijuana for pets, makes it really easy to understand. According to him, there are 2 main phytocannabinoid compounds to cannabis. First is the tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, which causes the psychoactive effects on the mind. The second is known as Cannabidiol, or CBD, which does not alter the mind and has been used to temper the effects of THC.

Knowing that there was a whole new door opening in the medicinal possibilities that Cannabidiol (CBD) could offer pet parents, I couldn’t wait for our new product to reach its final formulation.  We worked with Dr. Silver to make sure we fully understood the benefits and dosage of our new CBD product, and after many months, we are now finally ready to announce our new freeze-dry hemp and goat milk yogurt, Cannagurt. It is the first of a new line of products, Enhance,  designed to provide supplemental nutrition to support the healing of specific systems.

CannaGurt contains a perfect pairing of ingredients to promote a wide range of health benefits to all pets. Based on documented research and antidotal evidence, the cannabidol (CBD) has shown to have potential benefits for behavioral modification, epilepsy, chronic pain, sleep disorders, appetite improvement, nausea, and vomiting. It has potent anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial abilities. There is also ongoing research being done to quantify its ability to help with Cancer pain and for pets undergoing Chemotherapy or Radiation therapy.

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Our product contains 3 ingredients: Raw Goat Milk, Hemp Protein, and Hemp Oil – the last of which contains the CBD.

The Hemp protein supplies an added burst of Omega fatty acids for heart health and anti-inflammatory benefits. Partner that with the goat milk yogurt, which contains over 50 nutrients, including vitamins A, C, B1, B12 and E, minerals, enzymes, citric acid, amino acids, fatty acids, and electrolytes, six probiotic strains, and the final ingredient, CBD, and you have a power food with endless healing possibilities.

After the first batch of CannaGurt was produced in November, Steve’s did a feeding trial with it, sending it out to some special pets that we thought could benefit with the aid of the Cannabidiol. We had pets with veterinarian diagnosed health issues such as anxiety, arthritis, seizures, chronic pain and post-operative surgical pain try the CannaGurt for 1 month. We closely monitored any changes with the pets, and what we heard back from these pet parents was overwhelming – even better than we had initially thought it would be.

Some of the feedback we had:

An unidentifiable womans hand holds Medical Marijuana aka Pot, D“Elliot our 10-year-old Bernese mountain dog finished his CannaGurt and I could not have been more pleased with the results. It helped him in many ways, I noticed that he was able to get up from lying down without any struggle and he actually started to show interest in initiating us to play with his favorite ball.  In the mornings, he used to be stiff and since on the CannaGurt he wasn’t stiff in the mornings anymore.  We finished the feeding trial and within days noticed that he again became less active and had more trouble getting up, can we please have some more CannaGurt?”

“We noticed after only 10 days on the Cannagurt that Gus seemed less stressed and anxious.  For the first time ever I was able to cut his nails all by myself, this has NEVER happened, it has always taken 2 of us and he gets so stressed.  He was calm and had no issues with his nail trim.  We loved what the CannaGurt did for Gus!”

“Since starting the CannaGurt feeding trial with our dog Smokey we noticed that it took only about 5 days before we saw a difference in his movement.  He has a large fatty mass on his shoulder that was inhibiting him to move well.  We started the CannaGurt and noticed he had more good days with getting around.  We also had the mass removed and continued on the CannaGurt after surgery. We feel that it helped him to recover and help with pain as well.  We would love to continue on this wonderful product.”

global2Hearing those amazing responses come back has given us the extra motivational boost to get CannaGurt out there and start helping Enhance the health of pets that can benefit from CannaGurt.

Ask your local retailer about Steve’s CannaGurt, and if they haven’t heard about it, or aren’t carrying it yet, let them know what a benefit this may be for your pet.

We will be announcing the rest of our new Enhance line in the coming days. Stay tuned!




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Enhanced – DogNog

April 12, 2016

This past March, at the Global Pet Expo in Florida,  we announced our new product line,enhance, a set of products designed to help pet parents easily add raw nutrition to any diet. We have started with three freeze-dried raw goat milk products that are supercharged with Mother Nature’s most powerful foods. In this blog article, we talk about DogNog, a delicious “smoothie” for pets. It is packed with fantastic health-boosting ingredients, specifically formulated to benefit pets with inflammatory diseases such as IBD, Allergies, and Arthritis. You will also see that its high level of nutrients and fatty acids make it great for growing puppies!

INGREDIENTS: Raw Goat Milk, Whole Egg, Coconut Flour, Cranberry, Turmeric, Yucca, and Bromelain

Raw Goat Milk

Raw Goat MilkRaw goat milk has 25% more Vitamin B6, 47% more Vitamin A, and 134% more potassium than cow’s milk. It also is packed with probiotics, enzymes, electrolytes, and other micronutrients that have many health-boosting properties.  It soothes inflammation and relieves symptoms of IBS, IBD, and other digestive issues. It can be digested in as little as 30 minutes – cow’s milk takes 6 hours. This means energy  is saved during the digestive process, giving your pet more energy to focus on healing. It is a perfect daily treat for dogs that are lactose intolerant, due to the lower levels of the Alpha-s1 casein, which makes the curd much smaller.




Whole, Raw Egg

Eggs are one of the most complete foods available and contain 8 Raw Eggessential amino acids.  It also has Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron, Selenium, biotin, and Fatty Acids. The high levels of Vitamin D help calcium from the egg shell absorb better into the body. It is a common misconception that you should not give your pets raw eggs because the egg whites contain a biotin inhibitor, but since the egg yolks are high in biotin, this is not an issue as long as you feed the yoke in addition to the white.  The fatty acids improve skin and coat health, and, of course, the egg is a great source of protein.  So all around, you can’t go wrong with feeding your dog a raw egg!

pile of coconut flower on a wooden cutting board

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is at least 60% pure fiber and is used as a detoxification booster. It contains about 14% coconut oil, making it a good source of medium chain fatty acids.  It is also high in naturally occuring trace minerals. The low levels of carbohydrates reduces it’s glycemic index and balances blood sugar levels.  It increases metabolism, supports digestive health and is grain- and gluten-free.


Raw Organic Red Cranberries in a Bowl


In DogNog we are not using the very sugary, dried kind you get in your bag of Craisins®. Our cranberries are tart and packed with Vitamin C, (immune boosting) fiber (improves digestion) and incredible flavonoids and polyphenols.

The flavonoids in cranberry are comprised as a complex profile of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, which gives this ingredient the urinary tract-supporting elements and helps prevent UTIs. They also lower the pH in the bloodstream, creating a hostile environment for bad bacteria and preventing bacteria from adhering to the wall of the urinary bladder.

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that have been proven to play a role in preventing degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.  Additionally, cranberries prevent plaque buildup on teeth, are good for brain health, balance, and improved eye health. They also dilate blood vessels and help lower blood pressure.

turmeric powder in ceramic bowl on wooden background


The bioactive compound in turmeric is curcumin, which gives it a bright orange color. It can detoxify the body, stimulate bile production in the liver (which helps the body process and use fat), and disinfect wounds.  It is anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce arthritis pain, and it reduces allergies and other inflammatory diseases. It also can help rid the body of infections because its anti-bacterial components. In the UK is is being studied for its anticarcinogenic properties and has been proven to be effective at high doses when combined with black pepper. The black pepper helps to increase the absorption. In DogNog we have added bromelain to achieve better absorption.

yucca root as sample display at market place


Yucca is a desert plant, and the highest amount of nutrition is found in the roots. It has high amounts of vitamin c, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, niacin, phosphorous, protein, and b-vitamins.  Saponin compounds aid digestion and increases the bioavailability of the rest of the food the dog or cat is ingesting.  It even reduces odor in urine and feces, by inhibiting production of anhydrous ammonia.

Yucca is also frequently used for pets as a holistic alternative to corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are most often used for inflammation issues but are very generally prescribed at the vet, and the long-term adverse health effects can result in kidney disease. Yucca, on the other hand, can provide the same benefits, alleviating  pain, arthritis, joint and bone problems, swelling, skin problems/hot spots, digestive/bowel problems, and colic. It also cleanses the liver and kidneys and promotes blood flow and tissue repair, along with relieving allergies. It can even possibly help reduce the inflammation in the brain that can lead to seizures. The saponins block the release of toxins in the intestines that cause breakdown of cartilage, and help in cartilage formation, providing relief for symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It can also be used as a treatment for hip dysplasia, arthritis, and other degenerative joint and bone diseases. Yucca can regulate glucose levels in the blood, easing the symptoms of diabetes. In one study, yucca was found to be effective in fighting melanoma cells. It can also help protect against cardiovascular diseases because yucca extracts reduce platelet adhesion.


Bromelain is a super enzyme that comes from the stems of pineapple and has been used to treat everything from allergies to tendonitis. It also provides digestive support and can help alleviate symptoms associated with IBS and UITs. We have paired it with yucca and turmeric, as they work together well, boosting their anti-inflammatory properties.

How To Use DogNog

As with all our “enhance” products, DogNog comes in a reusable glass milk bottle and an 8-ounce refill carton. On the reusable milk bottle, there is a fill line with indicates how much liquid to add. Simply fill it up, shake to re-hydrate and store in your fridge. Each day pour the recommended feeding amount onto your dog’s kibble, canned or raw food. When you have used all the product, wash the bottle and refill with any of the enhance freeze-dried milk products. The 8-ounce refill containers are designed to give your pet a full month of raw, super nutrition.

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