RescueBox Dog Review + 50% Off Coupon – December 2017
RescueBox is a monthly subscription box for dogs or cats. For dogs, choose from small (up to 20 pounds), medium (20-50 pounds), and large (50+ pounds). They are associated with Greater Good (the folks who brought you The Hunger Site, The Animal Rescue Site, and more), and your purchase of a subscription will help provide food and vaccines to shelter pets!
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This review is of the Large Dog, $29.95 a month, box. For reference, my dog Nyx is an 86-pound Rottweiler.
The Subscription Box: RescueBox
The Cost: $29.95 a month + free shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.
LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use coupon code 50OFF1M to save 50% off your first box!
The Products: Toys and treats for your pet and accessories for pet lovers
Ships to: U.S.
RescueBox December 2017 Review
This box is pretty reliably holiday-themed in months where there is a major holiday occurring so I was expecting some Christmas items:
Included was an information card with more information about the items in the box and more information on The Rescue Box’s charity efforts.
Pawsitively Gourmet Christmas Tree Cookie – Listed Value $5.99
RescueBox has been including a lot of themed cookies lately. I didn’t see this exact design on the Pawsitively Gourmet site, plus they don’t sell directly to the public, so I’ve used the value from the information card. ($5.99 for a single dog cookie seems a little high to me, to be honest, considering I could 2 or 3 protein bars for that same amount of money.) Anyway, this is pretty cute and arrived in amazing condition (I’ve had a string of broken dog cookies).
Zippypaws Holiday Crinkle Santa (large) – Retail Value $9.99
Zippypaws toys are usually pretty well-made, but this toy, while well-loved by Nyx, was not really designed with destructive dogs in mind. She pulled the ball off the hat and then went to work removing one of the arms. (The Zippypaws donuts and other, more compact toys, work better for Nyx.) But she did have fun doing all of that!
Nyx does enjoy chewing on rope toys. She also enjoyed biting Santa’s face off of this one. She was in a particularly destructive mood when I gave her the toys from this box. If your dog is like that, it may be worth looking instead at one of the dog boxes that advertises durability. I do have to hand it to Rescue Box, though – I thought I had seen just about everything from Multipet but this was totally new to me.
Einstein Pets Santa’s Helper Treats (2 oz) – Retail Value $5.95
These are made in the USA with sweet potatoes, white-meat turkey, and cranberries, and they are free of wheat, corn, and soy, so they will work for a lot of dogs with allergies and food intolerances. These are little heart-shaped hard (biscuit-like) treats (somewhat bigger than your typical training treat, but definitely size-appropriate for a large-breed dog).
Grumpy Elf Stick from DOOG – Retail Value $14.91
I did not expect this to last for very long and it didn’t. I now know, after researching this toy, that Nyx has ingested a bit of recycled rubber (i.e., what this toy is made from). The eyes are supposed to be glow in the dark and the sticks float, but Nyx doesn’t get to take part in outdoor activities due to her suppressed immune system, so I let her play with this inside. (Apparently, these are for fetching only and are not meant to be chew toys. Oops…but seriously, try telling that to a dog!)
Here are some shots of Nyx with the stick toy. She wasted no time in biting off (and swallowing) part of its head.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $43.83 for December’s RescueBox. That is more than $10 higher than the cost of the box on a month-to-month basis, so it is a good deal even if you consider one or two of the information card prices to be inflated. I was happy to receive some toys we haven’t already seen, even if the durability left a little to be desired. (For what it’s worth, this box did arrive just barely before Christmas.)
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box would be January’s.
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Value Breakdown: At a box price of $29.95, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Cookie: $4.09
- Crinkle Santa: $6.83
- Rope ball: $4.78
- Treats: $4.07
- Stick toy: $10.19
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