Stef’s story: My inspiration behind Stefs Pet Pantry

Stef, the co-founder and brains behind Stefs Pet Pantry, is sharing her story. Her inspiration behind Stefs Pet Pantry was raw dog food and the incredible effects it had on her Labrador, Skye. She became determined to be a voice for the voiceless, and to enable every pet owner to have the guidance and knowledge to make informed choices about their pet’s food.

Where it all began…

Skye - thriving on raw dog food

“My journey with raw dog food started with my Labrador, Skye. She was 9 at the time, and crippled with arthritis and spondylosis of the spine (degeneration of the spinal column). This led to her having horrific pain in her back and hips.

Skye had been on all the usual pain relief for a while, as well as the ‘best’ kibble foods (I was uneducated then). Sadly, the pain relief wasn’t having much effect anymore so she couldn’t carry on like this. My choices were either to put her to sleep or try something else.

Heartbroken at the thought of losing my girl, I took to the internet looking for a miracle cure. This is when I came across raw dog food, also known as the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet. Reading some of the fantastic stories about how raw had changed so many dog’s lives, I decided to find out more. After buying endless books, I decided to give it a try.

I initially started down the DIY route which consisted of creating my own. Although I learnt a lot during this time, it did lead to a very messy kitchen! Owning 10 dogs, it was very time consuming, and I was conscious about ensuring I prepared a balanced diet.

Since then, raw dog food has become increasingly popular and easier. Today there are so many brilliant companies who do the hard work for you. They provide ‘complete’ meals which includes all the nutritional essentials so you don’t need to worry about creating a balanced diet. It’s all done for you!

Skye went on to live a much healthier life for the next 7 years, and crossed the rainbow bridge a month before her 16th birthday. Raw dog food was my miracle. This became my inspiration for Stefs Pet Pantry – to ensure raw dog food becomes much more convenient to all pet lovers.”

Try raw dog food for your own pet today

If you’re new to raw feeding and you’d like some guidance, we’re here to help. Stef’s created a useful raw feeding guide to help you transition onto raw easily and effectively. If you have any queries or questions, you’re more than welcome to drop Stef an email at or call on 07801 929 431. She’ll discuss your pet’s specific requirements and recommend which products would be most suitable.

You can make an order online today and take advantage of our UK delivery service or click-and-collect options. Alternatively, if you’re local to us, why not visit our natural pet shop in Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire? Our knowledgeable, passionate and friendly team are here to help every step of the way.