Pooch Party Packs Subscription Box Review – May 2015
Pooch Party Packs is a subscription box for dogs that sends 4-6 treats, toys, and/or grooming supplies a month. They typically include at least one item from a small business in each box.
Pooch Party Packs will customize the box for your dog’s size (small: 10-20 pounds, medium: 20-50 pounds, and large: 50+ pounds). This box is for large dogs. (For what it’s worth, my dog weighs about 90 pounds and the toys we received were an appropriate size for her.) Sorry for the ugly black box covering my address but I wanted to show you that the people at Pooch Party Packs wrote my dog’s name in the blank!
Pooch Party Packs sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Pooch Party Packs
The Cost: $34.99 a month, or $29.99 a month with a 6-month subscription. You can add an additional toy for an extra $8 per month.
The Products: Dog toys, treats, and grooming supplies, including at least one product from a small business.
Ships to: U.S. Now offering free shipping!
Every Pooch Party Pack contains an information card with a little information about each included product. This month’s theme is “Sweets.” Having received a few of their boxes now, I would say they do a very good job at sticking to the theme.
Puppy Scoops Ice Cream (carob flavor) – Value $6.99
Cheesy Bacon Crack! breakable training treat – Value $2.99
The Puppy Scoops ice cream is made with lactose-free milk. You add hot tap water, stir, replace the lid, and freeze for five hours. Nyx loves cold treats and I’m sure this will be a hit. (She should be coming off her food allergy trial this week, too, so hopefully she can have this soon!) Apparently this company was featured on Shark Tank? (I’m kind of out of the loop so I didn’t know this…)
The Cheesy Bacon Crack! is actually two cookies that are scored so you can break them into smaller pieces. They’re free of wheat, corn, soy, and gluten (the main flour is oat flour).
Both of these treats are made in the USA, from USA-sourced ingredients.
Locomotion Pet Treats Honey Apple Dog Treats (6 oz.) – Value $2.33
Every month, Pooch Party Packs features an item from a small business. These cookies are the May small business item. Locomotion Pet Treats is located in Clarence, NY, and these treats are free of artificial preservatives and supplemented with lots of vitamins and minerals. There is a “sell by” date on the package of October 2015, which is plenty of time to try them out.
Multipet Strawberry Scented Ice Cream Cone toy – Value $11.64
PrideBites Ice Cream Cone toy – Value $9.99
I didn’t even realize the striped cone was scented (I’m not in the habit of smelling dog toys…). At any rate, Nyx thinks it’s great. She did manage to chew the tip of the ice cream part off, although she’s having a harder time destroying the rest of it. She’s pretty destructive and she’s been at it at least a half hour (which is actually quite a long time for her).
I have a rule of only letting Nyx play with one new toy per day, so the PrideBites toy will be a reward after her vet visit on Tuesday. It squeaks, is machine washable, and apparently also floats. It seems well-made so I’m hoping it will last a long time!
And my gratuitous pet photo for this review!
Verdict: I really like the selection of products in this box. I think the toys were an appropriate size and choice for a large-breed dog, and I like that the treats are made in the US. I also like the focus on small businesses and I think the box contents did a good job of matching the theme (“Sweets”).
The total value I calculated ($33.94) is right about the cost of the box. Of course, if you sign up for a longer term subscription, you come out better. Since Pooch Party Packs is now offering free shipping, the value has improved over last month. Also, since a lot of the treats are from smaller producers and not widely available at retail locations, you’d have to order each treat individually and pay shipping, so you’re saving shipping costs here.
For my own dog, this box was a little better than the BarkBoxes I’ve gotten in the past – the toys were more durable and more appropriate for her size and I liked that the treats didn’t include a lot of common dog allergens like chicken, corn, etc.
What do you think of the May 2015 Pooch Party Packs box?