Surprise Pawty is a monthly subscription box for dogs. Choose a box for tiny (<10 pounds), small (10-30 pounds), medium (30-50 pounds), or large (50+ pounds) dogs. My dog Nyx is an 86-pound Rottweiler and this is a review of the “large” dog box.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Large, $35 a month, box.
About Surprise Pawty
The Subscription Box: Surprise Pawty
The Cost: $35 a month + $4.99 shipping (save with longer subscriptions)
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 15% off your first box!
The Products: Natural, organic treats and safe and durable toys as well as a few products designed to help owners care for their pets
Ships to: U.S. ($4.99) and Canada ($14.99)
Good to know: Subscription sign-ups end on the 20th of each month at 9pm PST.
Surprise Pawty December 2017 Review
There was an information card detailing the items in the box – this month had a Christmas theme and arrived in early December.
Earth Rated Dog Waste Bags (1 roll) – Estimated Value $0.87 (buy 8 rolls for $6.99)
Nyx is on a massive amount of fiber for her IBD so let’s just say we have a lot of use for these and leave it at that. And every roll of dog waste bags I get in a dog subscription box is a roll I don’t have to purchase separately.
Bare Bites Beef Liver – Listed Value $6 (buy 6 oz for $10.97)
I’m not sure of the package size here so I used the value from the information card. These are single-ingredient treats made and sourced in the US. Nyx is not able to eat beef due to her IBD but these are also marketed as being for cats so Sneaky will be eating them instead.
Popsockets Phone Grip & Stand – Retail Value $10
I didn’t manage to find this exact design on the Popsockets site, but all their products were selling for $10 so that’s what I went with. If you are wondering why you don’t see a picture of this in use, it’s because I don’t have a smartphone! I know quite a few people who also like dogs and who do have smartphones, so I am going to gift this.
Charming Pet K9 Tuff Guard Reindeer – Retail Value $10.49?
I had a hard time finding the reindeer version of this online so I linked to a cow that I think is from the same product line. This is a multipart puzzle toy that has stood up to Nyx so far (it seems to be pretty well reinforced). It is size-appropriate for an 87-pound dog but would also work for a somewhat smaller dog.
Zippypaws Z-Stitch Santa – Retail Value $9.99
Zippypaws toys are pretty common in dog subscription boxes, but these Z-stitch ones last a very long time (in fact, Nyx still has one from last year that is in good shape). This one is also size appropriate for an adult Rottie but would work for a 50-pound dog as well (this is the 50+ pound box).
Zippypaws Holiday Santa Collar (large) – Retail Value $8.99
This was a bit stretchy so even though it looks small, it fit around Nyx’s giant Rottweiler head. It has a couple of bells and I’m not sure she was that happy about wearing it, but I did get one good picture, and I appreciate getting something she can wear that is not a hat or kerchief (because those are super common).
Curry ‘n Pepper Turmeric Coconut Chips (2 oz) – Retail Value $5.99
Just to be clear, “pepper” is part of the brand name and these don’t actually contain pepper. These are turmeric flavored coconut chips. They are vegan and grain free so I gave some to Nyx and she really seemed to like them, plus they didn’t irritate her digestive system. This is a new brand for us but I might check out some of their other offerings.
Please note: This is considered an ALTERNATE treat. If your dog has dietary issues, Surprise Pawty will work with you to make sure you get treats your dog can consume. (Most subscribers this month would receive the Bare Bites treats shown up above.)
Nyx modeling the “scarf.”
Nyx with the Santa toy.
Nyx getting ready to eat the coconut chips.
Verdict: I calculated a retail value of $52.33 for this month’s standard Surprise Pawty.(i.e., with the Bare Bites treats). That is comfortably above the month-to-month cost of the box plus shipping. I thought they did a good job of curating the box according to a theme and also I liked the distribution of values (so even if one item doesn’t work for you, you’re still in pretty good shape). The toys were durable and Nyx got some special treats that fit her dietary needs (so would your dog with dietary issues, if you were to subscribe), so this was a good month for us!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, orders ship around the 2oth.
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Value Breakdown: At $39.99 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Earth Rated Dog Waste Bags: $0.66
- Bare Bites Beef Liver: $4.59
- Popsockets Phone Grip & Stand: $7.64
- Charming Pet K9 Tuff Guard Reindeer: $8.02
- Zippypaws Z-Stitch Santa: $7.63
- Zippypaws Holiday Santa Collar: $6.87
- Curry ‘n Pepper Turmeric Coconut Chips: $4.58
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What do you think of the December 2017 Surprise Pawty dog subscription box? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?