Surprise My Pet is a monthly subscription box for dogs. Surprise My Pet customizes your box to your dog’s size. Choose tiny (less than 10 pounds), small (10-20 pounds), medium (20-50 pounds), or large (50+ pounds). This is a review of the “large” box (my dog, Nyx, weighs 84 pounds).
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Usually Monkey helps me unbox things. This time, Mr. Kitty stepped in.
The Subscription Box: Surprise My Pet
The Cost: $25 per month on a month-to-month plan, $69 for a three month subscription, and $228 for a yearly subscription. Shipping is free for all plans.
COUPON: Save 10% on your subscription with code ADDICTION
The Products: 5-7 toys, treats, chews, and other goodies for dogs.
Ships to: US only (worldwide starting next month)
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There was an information card listing the items in the box as well as a notice that Surprise My Pet is exploring different packaging options, hence the different box this month. I kind of didn’t like the boxes from earlier months (they were confusing to open) so I hope they choose something a little different for the future.
Pet Qwerks Doggie Disk – Value $6.75
Nyx can’t chase toys outside due to her knee injuries, but we have played with this in the house a bit. In general, a frisbee is a good toy for a lot of dogs, and it’s size appropriate. And yes, that is Mr. Kitty’s tail you see in the corner. This was a little hard to find online; I think it may be a closeout item. But, with a toy, that doesn’t really matter as long as it’s still in good shape.
Pawtree Pawtreats (free sample)
We got these last month, too. This company offers customized nutrition plans for your dog’s needs, which is nice. I think Nyx is beyond help and has to stick to her canned prescription food (4 cans per day at $3.50 per can!), but I know some people who would find this service useful.
Beach BBQ Bites in Chicken (0.5 oz) – Value $4 (?)
Beach BBQ Bites in Beef (0.5 oz) – Value $4 (?)
These are all-natural jerky treats for dogs. They’re made in the USA and they are free of preservatives, coloring, and salt. Unfortunately, they seem to only be sold at shows and in local stores on the West Coast, so I don’t have good pricing information.
FFDPet Dura Tails Fox – Value $14.99
I thought this was a squirrel at first but apparently it is a fox. Nyx loved it although it was not durable. The tail came off first and then she ripped off the head. This one lasted under two minutes. But it might work for less destructive dogs.
Fro-Yo to Go in Bacon Flavor with Real Yogurt (2 oz) – Value $10.99
This is mostly a dairy based treat; it says “natural bacon flavor” but that doesn’t even have to mean real bacon. But, what I like about these is they really are freeze-dried yogurt so they have a lot of probiotic bacterial strains in them. If you want your dog to have the benefit of probiotics but don’t want to give pills, this could be a good option.
Incredibubbles Peanut Butter Flavor – Value $4.99
Nyx doesn’t understand bubbles. But, this will be perfect for Mr. Kitty. He is the BUBBLE SLAYER. Not a single bubble gets past him. His eyes are better now so I think he should do well with these.
There was also some product literature this month.
And the obligatory discount off Hello Fresh. I don’t know if it is just me, but sending out this many discounts in this many subscription boxes kind of cheapens the idea of Hello Fresh for me. There is such a thing as too much exposure…
Nyx really wanted to play tug with this toy.
Unfortunately, this was the result…(only took 30 seconds).
Nyx was just as happy to chew on the body. Until she removed the head. Then it took me to hold her jaws open and my husband to stick his hand halfway down her throat to keep her from swallowing it.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $45.72 for the May 2016 Surprise My Pet dog subscription box. That is a really good value for a $25 dog box, and most of the products were still in production by their manufacturers. I think every single thing was new to me (with the exception of the Pawtree sample we got last month), and I discovered a new small producer of dog jerky (albeit one that would be hard to find in my area). I do wish the fox toy had been more durable, but this is not specifically a heavy chewer box and it may still work for some dogs.
What do you think of the May 2016 Surprise My Pet box? Do you subscribe to any dog boxes?
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