Review: Pooch Post – July 2016

Woof and hello to everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! I’m writing this review for you all from my hotel bed at the moment. My pawrents are away for a few days so I’m chilling with my cousin Oscar at a lovely Doggie Hotel. Fancy, no? 😉 But that’s a review for another time.

For my very first review on my blog I’m happy to be going through one of my favourite services, which is the wonderful Pooch Post!

What is Pooch Post?

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Pooch Post is a subscription box service based in Ireland. It is the baby of Stephen who, together with his little lady bichon, Lilly, deliver a selection of doggie treats, toys and accessories to your door each month. They are very keen on supporting Irish businesses and introducing new products to pet owners who may have been unaware of them before. I can personally say that I’ve found lots of yummy treats that I probably wouldn’t have tried if I wasn’t getting Pooch Post!

If you would like to learn more on the beginnings of Pooch Post, pop over to their blog post here.

I get so excited when that brown box comes in the door each month because I know it’s full of fun things, and they’re all for me ;). I would love to go into further detail of our experience with the company from the beginning (we have been there since the first box!), so if you would be interested in hearing more please let me know in the comments below or on any of my socials! I have lots of nice things to say!

So, what did you get this month?

For July’s box, we got five different items to experience. Each box also comes with a flyer explaining what each item is (I’m one of the poster pups on it 😉 ) and this month there was also a newsletter to enjoy! This is Pooch Post’s first newsletter and it was a nice bedtime read with some very good tips. It includes some tips about dog sunstroke, pet first aid and a frozen banana treat recipe (which mom has yet to make me! Hint hint!).

Cheeky Dog Bakery: Pooch Pretzels

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The first item in the box this month was a tasty treat from Cheeky Dog Bakery. This is one of the two Irish companies that are partnered with Pooch Post. This means that each month you are guaranteed to get one of their delicious handmade dog treats to enjoy. This month was no exception!

I took the telltale rustling packet from the box and tore it open to find five yummy Pooch Pretzels inside. These pretzels are baked with a peanut butter recipe, dipped in a vanilla icing and decorated with sprinkles, all dog friendly and natural! I can be very picky with my treats, but these ones didn’t last long 😉

What I personally liked about these treats is their size. I’m only a small girl after all, and some treats are too thick for me to break up by myself (mom comes to the rescue those times!). These pretzels were thin enough for me to break up without being too small or thin for my Shiba Inu cousin to enjoy also (he’s lucky I like him enough to share 😉 ).

Soopa: Coconut Chews

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The second Irish company partnered with Pooch Post is Soopa. This company focuses on bringing pets super healthy treats that are low calorie, nutritious and also delicious. At the moment they have three flavours to choose from, and this month we got the Coconut Chews!

Soopa are always a hit with us (more so for Oscar than me, but that’s just my picky side coming through). The Coconut Chews are 100% coconut pieces, nothing added or taken away, which boast some pretty good health benefits for your pooch. These include:

  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Rich in Vitamin E & Powerful Anti Oxidants
  • Helps maintain healthy skin and coat
  • Supports healthy weight management

Once again, the size of these treats is a plus for me and make perfect training tidbits or bedtime snacks. We’ve yet to throw any Soopa treats away from them going off, they are lucky if they last a week!

Green & Wilds: Luv Hearts Treats

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First off, can I saw how cute these little treats are? They’re shaped like adorable little hearts! These were a brand new treat to me and I luv’ed them! (See what I did there?)

These Luv Heart treats from Green & Wilds are made with chicken and liver (two of my favourite meats!) and contain no soya, dairy, or artificial colours or flavours.

Mom used these when I was training with her and she said they were very handy because they are not only tasty to grab my attention, but they are also soft so she could easily break them up so as not to give me too many (Although I would be happy eating the whole pack!).

These treats are definitely on the ‘rebuy’ list 🙂

Trixie: Assorted Animal Plush

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Every month we get a toy, and this month it was a perfectly sized (for me!) little blue hippo toy from Trixie! It was actually the first thing I took out of the box when I got it open, and it has a squeaker!! SO EXCITED! (Yes, all caps are required here!!)

I’m so happy to have a toy that’s my size that I can really easily pick up and bring around with me. My hippo is one of a range of designs, with the others including Blue Bear, Care Bear, Duckie, Woodchuck and Reindeer. Each toy is around 12cm high and contains a squeaker.

Hippo is holding up well, I’ve only managed to pull the thread from one toe so far 😉

Long Paws: Pet Water Bottle

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Last but by no means least, this month’s accessory came at the most perfect time as Ireland was going through one of its rare hot spells! Yes I know it sounds odd, but Ireland does get some sun now and again 😉

This month we got a pet water bottle from Long Paws. My mom said straight away that she was jealous it was for me and not her because she loves the colourful paw-print pattern. I have to agree with her there, the pattern is a fun one!

The bottle is made from stainless steel and comes with two twist-off caps to eliminate leaks and help with refilling. The larger one twists off so that you can easily fill the bottle, and the smaller second cap twists off to show the very clever drinking design that makes this bottle so special.

The top of the bottle contains a metal ball so that when the bottle is tilted and/or turned upside down, the water inside won’t flow directly out. As your pet licks at the bottle, the ball moves and releases a little more water. I think this is such a smart idea to avoid pouring all of your water out when trying to get your dog to take a drink. There’s also no need to worry about wet bowls making your bag damp. Just pop the cap back on and off you go!

I have yet to road-test this bottle myself since my walks this week were close to home, but I’m sure there is a long walk with my name on it coming up after my holiday and I will definitely bring the bottle then. I have every confidence that it will do its job well!

Value Comparison

I’ve added up the cost of each item in this month’s box (going by the prices on Pooch Post’s website) and compared them to the cost of a box on each plan so you can see for yourself the value for money you can expect.

This brings to total value of this month’s Pooch Post to €28.70.

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The different price plans Pooch Post have in place include:

  • 1 month: €29
  • 3 months: €81 (€27 per box)
  • 6 months: €144 (€24 per box)

Note: Shipping is free for both Ireland and the UK!

When you compare the value to the cost of the boxes, I feel that you get a good deal. Not only do you get a wide range of items delivered to your door each month to test out, but there’s also the excitement you pooch feels when they see the box. I might only be talking on behalf of myself on that part (I always can’t wait to get into it!), but I’m sure I’m not 😉

Discount Code

If you’re feeling tempted, there is a 10% discount code from this month’s newsletter. Just use the code COLDNOSES! when you are checking out to get 10% off any of the plans. I’m not sure how long this code is valid for, so grab it while you can 🙂

Keep an eye on Pooch Post’s social media accounts too. They always have discounts popping up to give their customers even better value for money!

www.PoochPost.ie
www.facebook.com/PoochPost
www.instagram.com/pooch_post
www.twitter.com/pooch_post

Final Thoughts

I thought this was a great box overall! I liked all the treats, the hippo is my new toy of the moment (I even brought it with me to the Doggie Hotel!) and while I haven’t tested out the water bottle yet, I have no doubt that it’ll be of great use the next time we head on a day out or a long walk.

If there are any of the products in this review that you particularly like, Pooch Post recently opened up their online shop where they will be selling items from previous boxes. You can find the shop here.

All in all, I’m a very happy little doggie and I’m already looking forward to August’s box!

Please let me know if your enjoyed my review. I’m still finding my paws at blogging, I hope I’m going in the right direction 🙂

Until next time, thank you very much for reading!

Woof!
Lu

* Pooch Post very kindly supplied this month’s box to me to review. All opinions in this review are my own and are very honest. I like to say it as it is! 😉

Woof and Welcome!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet and to my very first blog post! This is very exciting! Lots of tail wagging going on right now! 😀

Super quick introduction (you can read more about me on my About page if you’d like 😉 ): My name is Lu and I’m a two year old Yorkshire Terrier from Ireland. I live with my pawrents, my auntie, and my Shiba Inu cousin, Oscar.

I will be writing up some rambles, reviews and reports for you (with the help of mom, it’s hard to type with paws!), which I hope you will enjoy.

I have my very first review coming up very, very soon! It’s a review of the July box from the wonderful people and pooches over at Pooch Post, so please stay tuned for that 😀

Woof!
Lu