Review: Pooch Post – September 2016

Woof and hello to everyone!

I’m on a mini-roll! Two blogs in two weeks! I’ll have to try my best to keep this up πŸ˜‰

How are you all doing on this fine October evening? It’s after getting really Autumnal here in Ireland over the last couple of days. There’s a real chill in the air at the moment, so my extra fluffy blankets have come out of storage to keep me cosy at night. On chilly evenings, my pawrents love to cuddle up on the couch with a nice blanket and some hot chocolate. I can join them for cuddles, but I feel like I’m missing out on the hot chocolate! An opening in the market, maybe? πŸ˜‰

A pup can dream! But I don’t need to dream about some lovely treats because I got them in September’s Pooch Post! (That was a nice segue I thought πŸ˜‰ ) I’ve once again stuck with testing the products for a couple of weeks before writing this up, just to make sure I can give you a proper review versus just first impressions. So here we go!

What is Pooch Post?

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For those of you who may not know, Pooch Post is a subscription box service based in Ireland. The service consists of one box each month, delivered to your door, full with a number of toys, treats, accessories and more for your lovely pooch. What better way to show your furry friend how much they mean by showering them in presents each month? (It works for me πŸ˜‰ )

The lovely Lilly is the main pup in charge of testing out each and every product before it goes into the boxes. If she doesn’t approve, it doesn’t go in! Her dad, Stephen, is the human gathering the fun and tasty items for Lilly to check out. Together they make a great Pooch Post team!

If you would like to learn more about Pooch Post, pop over to their site here: PoochPost.ie

So, what did you get this month?

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This box was jam packed full of goodies this month! And I mean JAMMED! It contained four bags of treats, a drink, a toy AND a ticket! :O If this isn’t amazing value for money then I don’t know what is!

Before I go into more details on the items I just mentioned, I wanted to tell you the topics that were on the Cold Noses newsletter this month. It’s always a nice little read for my mom after I’ve finished rummaging around and have settled down with one of my yummy chews.

This month there was a piece about the potential toxins that could be right under our noses, such as cleaning products (and the residue on surfaces, so please be sure your pawrents keep you away from bleached/cleaned surfaces/items until they are 100% free from the substances!) and items in the rubbish that pooches could get to (such as poisonous foods (grapes, mushrooms, fatty foods, and more), medication, batteries, and many other items. A well sealed rubbish bin should help here!

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There were also pieces on animal abuse (a very sad topic πŸ™ but an important one nonetheless), some first aid tips for your pets, a recipe for Frosty Tuna Treats, and a piece on Medi-Crunch, which is a little treat that helps your pet take their medication. That would have been handy for my pawrents this month as both my cousin and I have got bad colds they we needed little tablets for! At least they now known for the next time πŸ˜‰

Soopa: Sweet Potato Chews

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Soopa is one of Pooch Post’s partnered companies. This means that there is always an item from them in each box, which is great news for me! All of their treats are super healthy, low calorie (only 0.72% Fat per 100g), nutritious and delicious (the most important part in my books πŸ˜‰ ).

This month we got their tasty Sweet Potato Chews to nom on. Sweet Potato is one of nature’s superfoods. It contains good bacteria that strengthens and helps to regulate the digestive tract, which is great for animals with sensitive tummies (which includes Yorkies!). The treats are made using only 100% human quality sweet potato and nothing else. None of those preservatives, additives or colourings, just all yum!

The texture of these chews also helps to keep my teeth clean, which is also very important πŸ™‚ Once again, a winner from Soopa!

Green & Wilds: Ronnie the Rhino

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Green & Wilds are back this month with a brand new eco toy! This time we got one of two fun toys; Peggy the Pig or Ronnie the Rhino. As I’m sure you’ve guessed from my photo, I got Ronnie πŸ™‚

Ronnie is a sturdy boy (which you would expect from a rhino, no?) made from four layers of jute (a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads), which is twin stitched over recycled cotton and jute rope. Being made of a vegetable fiber, you know that even if your pooch manages to tear poor Ronnie to pieces, the materials are safe! Although I would still keep an eye on your pooch when they play with toys. We like to get into places and find things we shouldn’t πŸ˜‰

Ronnie also has a recycled bottle inside of him for a good crunch, and if this bottle gets too damaged from too much play, he also has a velcro bum (cheeky!) so the bottle can be easily replaced. Or you could change things up a little and toss in some treats to get your pup’s nose going!

Now I have to admit, I’m more of a soft-toy-and-squeaker kind of pup, so I wasn’t too keen on Ronnie. I did pull him out of the box and give him a few throws around, but it was my cousin Oscar who took interest in Ronnie this month so he adopted him. Ronnie is still hoping up well a couple of weeks later! His poor tail is gone and his bottle body is a bit flattened, but he amazingly still has his horn and his body is still firmly intact. This is a great feat considering how strong Oscar’s teeth are!

Woof and Brew: Nom Doggy Treats

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The lovely people and pups at Pooch Post really spoiled us this month with three more bags of treats! These ones came from the Woof and Brew company and were three different tea-infused dog treats. Woof and Brew are known for their doggie teas and beers (yes that’s right, beer for dogs!) and now they are spreading their paws to yummy biscuit treats!

Each of these flavours are made using Woof and Brew’s existing teas, along with some yummy caffeine, wheat and gluten free, oven baked extras with no artificial colours or preservatives! The three flavours I got where:

  • For Skin and Coats
    High in essential fatty acids, rich in iron and iodine, and packed with antioxidants; perfect to get your coat into dog-show condition!
  • For Fresh Breath
    Natural and nutritious freshness, helps to aid digestion and blended to help reduce gas (for those pups out there with a little extra wind!); perfect to freshen even the fishiest of breaths!
  • For the Poshest of Pooches
    A natural calmant that also aids in soothing digestion and helps support the immune system too (very important coming into the colder months); the perfect little pick-me-up for busy pooches!

At the time of writing this review, I’ve tried out two of the three flavours and they’re doing down well! I actually pulled the β€œFor Skin and Coats” flavour from the box right away and kept digging at it until mom opened the packet for me. I of course proceeded down chow down on the treat I got, so it’s paws up from me πŸ˜‰

Woof and Brew: Drinkies

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The next item is another Woof and Brew one! This time it’s one of their drinks, called Drinkies! Drinkies is a healthy water that is infused with 100% natural herbs to help keep your pup in tip-top shape.

Like some of their treats above, this drink helps to support your dog’s immune system, and aids digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Not only that, but it also has some calming properties. So it’s like when my pawrents curl up with a nice cup of tea to relax after they’ve been at work all day πŸ™‚ (You don’t need to have this heated up though, just so you know πŸ˜‰ )

I have to confess to you all, I’m not very good at drinking my water every day. I know it’s very good for you, but my mom has always found it hard to get me to drink more. I keep telling her that I’m drinking enough for my size, but sadly she can’t speak pooch πŸ˜€

Because of this though, it looks like the Drinkies treat didn’t go down as well with me as the other treats have done. It was in a separate bowl beside our water bowl and while over half of it is gone over the last couple of days, I still prefer to go to the water bowl. Oscar though has been having a nice mix of both water and Drinkies, so it really does depend on your pooch πŸ™‚ It’s always worth a try!

Dublin Pet Expo: One Adult Entry Ticket

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The final item in this month’s box is something a little different! It’s a ticket to one day of this year’s Family Pet Expo happening the the RDS in Dublin on October 15th and 16th (Saturday and Sunday)! That’s so cool!

I went to my very first Pet Expo earlier this year in Mallow, which was actually a smaller version of the main Expo that this ticket is for. I was a reporter on the day for the wonderful Ollie and Penny (two wonderful blogging sausage dogs) and it was my very first article! You can read it over on Ollie and Penny’s site here if you are interested: Lu’s Pet Expo Report

If you don’t know who Ollie and Penny are, you should give their site a browse! They have lots of fun articles πŸ™‚

I had such a great time in Mallow, I really hope I can make it up to Dublin for the main event! There’s going to be so much on there, and Pooch Post even have a stand! I would love to go and meet everyone there! Keep an eye on my social media accounts, if I can make it I will let everyone know there πŸ™‚

Value Comparison

To show you the great value each box is, I like to gather up the prices of each item and total them up for you. The online Pooch Post shop stocks up on the items from each box, so if you liked the look of any of these you should be able to find them here: http://www.poochpost.ie/shop/

At the time of writing this review not all of the items are available in the store yet, so I had a browse around and got the average price for different items. I’ll pop back and update these prices if they are incorrect in any way so you have the most up-to-date information πŸ™‚

This brings to total value of this month’s Pooch Post to €29.90.

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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!

Another box that’s amazing value!! As I’ve said in my previous Pooch Post reviews, I think it’s definitely worth the money to have someone give you some tried and tested items each month πŸ™‚ And if you use one of the discount codes below, you can get even better value for your money!

Discount Codes

To get 10% off your order, use one of the following two codes:

  • COLDNOSES!
  • WOOF

However, if you’d like an even better deal (and who doesn’t!?), there’s currently a 25% discount code that will work on any plan! This code is only valid until the 12th of October, so hurry if you’d like to use it!

The code is: ILHF25

Please note that if you are reading this review down the line, these codes may not work anymore. Pooch Post are very good for giving out discounts codes though, so keep an eye on their socials for some deals!

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

Final Thoughts

Another fun box full of treats! I’m looking forward to opening up my last bag of Woof and Brew treats once I’ve gone through the others. A nice biscuit with some tea, mmmm yummy! πŸ˜‰

I really, really hope that I can make it to the Pet Expo in a couple of weeks. It’s a long trip for little me (around a 3 hour drive!) so we shall wait and see. Paws crossed!

Until next time my furends, thank you very much for reading!

Woof!
Lu

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* 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! πŸ˜‰ If I don’t like something, I promise I will tell you!