Tuesday, October 10, 2017

August 2017 Pooch Perks Dog Box 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 (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

It's been a long time coming, but my August Pooch Perks box is here at last! Apparently the company is under new management and some things got mixed up in the process, but in the end it all worked out and my dogs are happy. So without further ado, I present you August's Fun at the Zoo dog box:

PetLou 8" Long Legs Giraffe Plush - PetLou's long legs line of toys are designed with the playful tug of war lover in mind. A couple of feet on this giraffe have squeakers and there's a rattle hidden in another. These are the soft plush types of toys that Pebbles just loves to rip apart. Sorry Mr. Giraffe, you're too cute to be torn apart so I need to give you to someone who will treat you better.

Exclusively Pet Barking Bus Animal Cookies - Is it kind of scary that these cookies could actually pass for Barnum's animal cookies? They look and smell like them and the ingredient lists are surprisingly similar. Well, if the dogs turn their nose up at these (not likely) then at least they won't go to waste. ;)
Are they human cookies or dog cookies???

Exclusively Pet Fido's Food Truck Treats on Wheels Cheesy Bacon Bones - What a mouthful! These are tiny little dog bone-shaped biscuits with a cheesy bacon twist. I normally wouldn't hesitate to give these to my dogs but I recently found out Macho has a whole bunch of food allergies and can no longer eat foods containing potato, corn, turkey, or peas (which is pretty much everything since some of those foods are commonly used as fillers). These contain potato flour so I don't want to risk it -- seeing him itchy all over just breaks my heart. :( (He's going on two months wearing the cone of shame because none of the anti-itch meds from the vet seem to be working)

Kong Squiggles Elephant - Macho's first toy was a Kong plush hippo that he insisted on playing with long after its inside fluff was gone. For two years he basically played with a furry blue rug (that's how you know it's a favorite toy). Now that he has to share his toys with a younger sister I try to give them things they can play tug of war with so nobody feels left out. This stretchy elephant is perfect for that, plus it has squeakers on either end. Best of all - minimal stuffing!

Dogs Love Kale Chicken & Sweet Potato Dog Treats - Again, a month ago I would have given these to Macho with no hesitation. He loves his meaty treats, but the potato in here makes this a no-no. At least Pebbles can still enjoy them. I've been making Macho's biscuits from scratch lately and he seems to really love those so I don't think he'll be too jealous :) What a spoiled dog.

Multipet Ruff Enuff Lobberz Fish - I mentioned earlier that there was a shipping mix-up in August, so Pooch Perks kindly included this rubber lobber fish as an extra for the pups. This toy has some weight to it, so it's probably not a good idea for fetch with smaller dogs, but then again only the larger ones would be able to get their mouth around it, anyway. This durable fish floats, bounces erratically and squeaks if you squeeze it hard enough. My dogs prefer to use it as a chew toy, though, and just gnaw on it piece by piece until they can break open the rubber. *sigh* I have such weird dogs.

Verdict: This was a very cute box that did a good job of focusing on the zoo theme, but I am a bit sad that the giraffe looks so fragile and can't go to the dogs. Perhaps I can use it to decorate Baby's safari-themed nursery? At least we'll be able to make use of everything else, even though Macho can't have the bacon bones or sweet potato treats. I've notified Pooch Perks of this newfound info and they were more than happy to try and be as accommodating as possible toward his multiple food allergies, so bonus points to them for great customer service. :)

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 dogs') honest opinions. No referral links were used in this post.

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