Pooch Perks is a monthly subscription box for dogs containing made-in-the-USA treats (that are mostly natural, organic, non-GMO, and gluten free) and toys for your dog (with preference given to USA-based manufacturers). Choose from boxes for small dogs (less than 35 pounds) and boxes for medium-to-large dogs (35 pounds or more). My dog, Nyx, is an 83-pound Rottweiler (she’s gaining weight again, which is a good thing) and this is a review of the medium/large box.
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Subscription Box: Pooch Perks
Cost: Choose from Pennywise Pooch ($20 for 2-3 items), Popular Pooch ($29 for 4 items), Patriotic Pooch ($45 for 5-6 made in the USA items), or Pampered Pooch ($50 for 6 items). This is a review of the “Popular Pooch” box.
The Products: Made-in-the-USA treats and toys for your dog. Treats included in the boxes are preferentially from small batch gourmet, socially aware treat companies and are made from ingredients safe for human consumption. The toys are tested by five large dogs for safety and durability.
Ships to: USA (free!)
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Here’s a look at the box contents this month!
And I got this welcome card because it was my first box.
The box came with this information card. At first it kind of confused me, but after reviewing the subscription packages that are available, I think what you do is start by looking at the Pennywise Pooch chart, then adding the items for the other subscription upgrades.
Jones Natural Chews Christmas Wooferman Treats (0.92 oz) – Value $3.99
These are 100% beef. Knock on wood, but Nyx has done OK with beef-based treats in the past. So I am giving her like one a week. Of course she is thrilled because she hasn’t had anything but prescription IBD food for a long time.
By the way, this is the December box and it did arrive in December. I’m just super late at getting this review done.
Clear Conscience Pet Super Gravy (4.5 oz) – Value $14.40
This is good for dogs and cats; you put it over kibble and just add a little water to make it into gravy. I can’t give it to Nyx but I am trying to get Monkey, one of my cats, to eat more, so I am going to see if he likes it. It is marketed as a more economical alternative to canned food as a kibble topper. (Canned food *is* super expensive…trust me on that.) You get quite a few servings in one package so there is definitely enough to test out.
Absolutely Clean Pet Stain and Odor Remover (2 fl oz) – Value $1.50
Sadly, Nyx has a persistent bladder infection due to her immune-suppressing medications and I have need of this product. I am trying to take her out extra often but this will come in handy for any times I miss. Or else for cleaning my shoes (long story there but yes, this product is appropriate in this instance).
Zippy Paws Penguin – Value $5.99
This was a little bit small for Nyx but not so small as to be unsafe. It had one of the most obnoxious squeakers ever, so of course Nyx loved it. She started pulling the coating off after not too long, as well as one of the feet, but she did love it.
Fabdog Holiday Faballs – Value $12
This seemed fairly durable. The failing point was, again, the coating. I am thinking about removing and seeing whether I think the ball underneath is safe to give to Nyx. On the plus side, the squeaker still works even after Nyx got ahold of it, which is a rarity.
As you can see, Nyx could fit this most of the way in her mouth. But she had a great time doing it!
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $38 for the December 2015 Pooch Perks dog subscription box. That is definitely over the cost of the box, even though some of the items were sale and/or Amazon prices. The toys were of average durability for a dog subscription box although I think I’d prefer it if there were a few more size divisions. The cutoff for the medium/large box is 35 pounds and Nyx is almost 50 pounds heavier than that. I do like the made in the USA focus, as well as the consciousness about treat ingredients.
What do you think of the December 2015 Pooch Perks box? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?