Tuesday, August 22, 2017

July 2017 Pooch Perks Dog Box Review

I think I need to apologize to my dogs. I kept them waiting for their box for two weeks. They knew it was sitting on the table, but you know, corgis have short stumpy legs and it was next to impossible for them to get to it. Thank goodness I don't have genius dogs who can move chairs and boxes to climb onto kitchen counters and cabinets. Anyway. The reason I was holding it hostage was because two of the items were missing upon arrival so I contacted Pooch Perks and waited until they shipped them over before snapping photos and letting the dogs go nuts with everything.

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 (includes options for 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 note that down when you sign up. 
Note: If you signed up before February 2017, you're grandfathered into the previous subscription options. For reference, this review is for the older plan's Popular Pooch box (4 items) for a medium-large dog (35+ lbs).
When: Choose between monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly deliveries
Cost: $12-$32 per box depending on which subscription option you choose (+$5 shipping/box); ships anywhere in the US and US territories

This month's theme is Ice Cream Party! It's summer, it's hot, and hot days call for some ice cream. Well, in my house ice cream is a daily occurrence regardless of season but who's keeping track? Unfortunately, the dogs don't get to participate in the ice cream festivities. Until now, that is. Pooch Perks sent an entire box of ice creamy treats for the furballs - including actual ice cream. Furreals.

Puppy Cake Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix in Maple Bacon ($7) - There's no better way to kick off an ice cream box than with...wait for it...ICE CREAM!! If Puppy Cake sounds familiar that's because they made their debut selling cake mix on Shark Tank season 3. Unfortunately, no offers were made, but that just goes to show that you don't need to win a competition to be successful. Since then the company has expanded to include ice cream and cookie mixes. And this ice cream is super simple to make - just add hot water to the powder mix, freeze and voila! you've got a pint for your BFF. Now all you have to do is head to the store to pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry's for yourself, cuddle up with Fido and settle in for a night of Homeward Bound happy tears. 

PrideBites Ice Cream Cone Toy ($10) - If you thought you could never use the words "ice cream" and "no mess" in the same sentence, think again. This foamy cone is completely machine washable so if Stumpy McWaddles thinks it's a real cone and puts just a tad too much slobber on it, just pop it in the wash and it'll be good as new. Plus it floats so if it's extremely hot and can't your dog can't decide between ice cream or a beach day, he can have both. Bonus: the squeakers in here are sewn into pouches connected to the toy just in case your pup is a squeaker go-getter like mine is. ;-)

FouFit Freeze 'N' Float Ice Cream Cone and Pupsicle Toys ($8 each) - We've been getting these freeze & floats in the past three boxes and while they're incredibly adorable, they won't hold up to my dogs for a single day. The stitching is not reinforced so the seams will rip in no time. But if you have a gentle dog, he'll get hours of fun out of this toy. Just dunk it in water, freeze, and give it to him on a hot day.

Healthy Dogma Groovy Granola Bars ($6) - Holy moly these smell delicious - exactly like an apple and cinnamon granola bar. I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty jealous of my dogs right now. These all-natural bars have no additives or fillers; it only has stuff you can find in your own pantry. We just ran out of last month's salmon biscuits so this came at the perfect time! Lucky dogs.

Verdict: I don't think we've ever gotten three toys in a Pooch Perks box before so playful pups, rejoice! Unfortunately, my dogs will rip apart the freeze n floats once it thaws. :( But the ice cream and granola bars? Yes, please. :) And if I find they absolutely love the ice cream, it looks like Puppy Cake does a $5 Fridays sale on cake and ice cream mixes. Suh-weet!

Click here to sign up for Pooch Perks. Don't forget to use the code FRIEND10 to get 10% off your subscription!

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