Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017 Pooch Perks Review

What: Pooch Perks is a subscription box for dogs containing 2-5 treats and toys. There are three subscription options: Sample Pooch (2 past items), Popular Pooch (4-5 toys & treats) and Custom Pooch (choose just treats, just toys, heavy chewer, or no grains). Boxes are also curated according to your dog's size.  If your dog has allergies you can also let them know when you sign up. For reference, this review is for the Popular Pooch box for a large dog (40-70lbs). Mines are actually 30lbs but they just like big dog stuff.
When: Choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries
Cost: $12-$32 per month depending on which option you choose (+$5 shipping/box); ships anywhere in the US and US territories
Fun Fact: A portion of proceeds from each box goes to rescue groups. You can learn more about how Pooch Perks gives back here.

This month Pooch Perks got a makeover. Instead of having three subscription tiers, there are now three separate options: the Popular Pooch box is the "regular" box; Custom Pooch gives you options such as heavy chewer, grain-free, toys only, etc; and if you want to save a little money yet still get something in the mail for Rover, the Sample Pooch option contains two items from past boxes (also customizable). Plus now you can change the shipping frequency to as little as once/quarter for those whose dogs take a while to go through their boxes. I have two dogs who think the goal in life is to destroy every toy and eat every treat possible so I'm sticking to the monthly boxes. Here's what came in February's Popular Pooch box:

Valentine's Brainey Bear in Love ($8) - This stuffed bear has a blaster squeaker hidden in his big ol' head. Good news for Pebbles because she loves these honky ones. Macho's more of a regular squeaker kind of guy but if Pebbles challenges him to a game of tug of war (and she will) he'll gladly accept. I am 99% certain Brainey Bear's appendages will be detached within the first 10 minutes.

Healthy Dogma Jamaican Bacon Flavor Barkers ($6) - I always wondered why dogs get such yummy-sounding flavors of treats. Mines' don't seem to care; I once made them biscuits with no added flavor whatsoever and they thought it was the most delicious thing ever. I'm almost afraid that if I give them too many yummy treats then they won't eat my bland biscuits ever again. These heart-shaped treats are made with all-natural ingredients and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat. I guess seeing as how Pebbles still thinks cardboard tastes good I'm not in too much danger of them shunning my biscuits after getting these.
Healthy Dogma Jamaican Bacon Flavor Barkers

Spunky Pup Squeaky Gems (~$7) - Made for tougher chewers, this squeaky heart-shaped diamond is made of thermoplastic rubber which can hold up pretty well to strong jaws. That's not to say that your dog won't still find a way to break it - my rascals prefer to nibble the rubber off little by little until there's nothing left. Whyyyy???

Down Dog Snacks Appleberry Zensations ($10) - Down Dog's gourmutt snacks contain no wheat, dairy, eggs, or corn. Aside from having none of the bad stuff, these particular biscuits have some tasty ingredients such as applesauce, blueberries, and cinnamon. This is a pretty hefty sized bag of biscuits, but I guarantee they will be gone by next month.

Verdict: February's box came with a good mix of two toys and two treats. Considering the plush toy won't last more than a week at my house I'd say two toys is fair. I'm glad we're finally getting biscuits again; for a while we were only getting meaty treats and although the dogs love them, they went down so quickly because you can't neatly break them into smaller pieces like you can with the biscuits. And now Macho & Pebbles have some flavor variety - savory bacon and sweet appleberry. Those spoiled motherpuppers.

You can spoil your dog too! Click here to subscribe to Pooch Perks and don't forget to use the code FRIEND10 to get 10% off your first order!

Note: This review reflects my (and my pups'!) honest opinions. No referral links were used in this post.

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