A New Adventure: Raw Food Diet

Hello furends!

It’s been a while since I got my little paws on the keyboard and typed up a blog entry! (283 days to be exact… Whoops!) Even though it has been a while, I really wanted to get back on the blogging train to share with you my new adventure! And that adventure is… Changing my diet to a raw food diet!

Yorkies are known to be fussy eaters. It’s been an ongoing issue that my pawrents have been dealing with where I would sometimes go days without eating properly (the odd piece of kibble here and there) until they would resort to chicken and rice just so I had something in my little body (mmmmmm got to love that chicken!). Now while I looooooved getting chicken and rice (which pooch doesn’t?) my pawrents were getting worried that I wasn’t getting enough nutrients.

This worry escalated when about a month ago I walked into the room and my little joints were clicking with each step I took. I’m only 3!!! I’m a bit young for such clicky joints! Taking fish oils helped my joints a little, but since I wasn’t eating a lot, I wasn’t getting enough fish oil either.

So that’s where the raw food diet came in.

My mom had looked it up before and it all sounded very promising. I asked for some opinions and advice over on my Twitter (@MyFluffyDay) and I got some great replies. Thanks to all of you who replied!

@AdvOfDoodles | @StaffieGirlLola | @isabellej154 | @chloem1994 | @sillytillypoo | @SirKevinTheChow

After reading all of the advice, we were sold! At the very least, we thought “What harm could it do?”. We already knew who we wanted to order from too!

K9-Kitchen!

We met K9-Kitchen at the Pet Expo Ireland in Dublin last year and they explained to us then about their products. They package all the ingredients fresh, freeze it to keep it as good as new, and deliver for free (in Ireland) the following day (if you order before 2pm Monday-Thursday).

We placed our order of their A Bit Of Everything option, which contains 30 boxes of 500g servings (that’s a lot of meat! Make sure you have enough room in your freezer!). That is 15kg of food! And it was only €50!

In preparation for the delivery, we messaged K9-Kitchen on their Facebook to ask how much food I would need on a daily basis. They answered super quickly and said that for a three year old Yorkie that weighs around 2.6kg / 6lbs, I would need between 150g and 180g daily.

Now, if you were worried that a Raw Diet would be expensive, that order we placed worked out at about 100 days of food (at 150g a day)! That’s only 50 cent per day for fresh meals. Not bad! I know most dogs are bigger than I am, but that’s still pretty good value I think 🙂

We placed our order on a Sunday night, but due to a system mess up it wasn’t shipped until Thursday. Mom rang K9-Kitchen Thursday morning to check the status of our order, and they quick noticed that our order (and two others) that had been entered into the courier system on Monday had glitched and disappeared. My mom works on building software systems and totally understood how that can happen sometimes!

K9-Kitchen remedied the situation right away (super nice customer service might I add!) and our order arrived first thing Friday morning (this morning as I am writing this!).

The box was biiiiiig! Just look at little me standing inside it!

When we cracked it open, all the boxes were very neatly packaged and well frozen, as promised! Thankfully my dad it a Tetris master and he managed to get everything into one drawer in our freezer 😉

Because the meat was all well frozen, I had to wait until dinner time to try my first dish. We decided to go with the Duck and Vegetable first! I got 60g for my meal, approximately half of my daily amount.

I knew there was something nice up on the counter, I was following my mom around with very excited eyes, ears perked, tail up and paw raised! I was licking my chops for a good five minutes before my dish was placed on the floor. How tasty does this look? 😉

So what did I think of it… I cleared the bowl! Not a crumb was left! My pawrents were delighted as it was the first full meal I’ve eaten in a couple of weeks.

I know this is only my first meal, but it’s a good start! Hopefully I’ll like the other flavours just as much (Beef & Vegetable and Chicken & Vegetable). I’m confident that I will 🙂

One of the things that my pawrents want to do is get smaller containers to split up each box into meal-sized portions. When you thaw a box out, it has to be used within two days (so four meals for me). Since I wouldn’t eat 500g over two days (I would only eat about half), thawing a full box each time would waste half the food. So to avoid this, smaller containers or zip-lock bags for the freezer are the answer!

I hope you enjoyed my blog about the start of my Raw Food journey! I hope to do write ups every now and again on any of the ups/downs/good/bad things when it comes to eating a Raw Diet.

If you have any questions, comments or advice, please leave them below or on one of my socials! I’d love to get a discussion going on this topic 🙂

Until next time furends!

Woof!
Lu

First Impression: Lily’s Kitchen Advent Calendar for Dogs 2016

Hello furends!

I have a slightly different blog post for you today! I got something in the post today that I just couldn’t wait to show you! But at the same time, I can’t use it yet either. So I decided to try a new type of post: First Impressions!

20161129_203017The item I want to show you is the Advent Calendar for Dogs by Lily’s Kitchen!

Now that we are at the end of November, it is more than safe to jump on the Christmas hype and get all excited for Santa Paws! I’ve had my eye on this Christmas item for a while now and mom promised me that if I was a good pup I could have an advent calendar this year. I must have done something right 😉

Lily’s Kitchen had a Black Friday deal going where you could get 30% off the calendar (this is still active at the time I’m writing this!), while also having another code for a free treat! (It was XMASTREAT, but I don’t think that’s active anymore). So for a total of £14.97 (shipping of £8 to Ireland) I got the calendar and a 100g packet of Fabulously Festive Biscuits. A pretty good deal if you ask me!

20161129_202841The shipping was great too! Mom placed my order Saturday evening, it was shipped Sunday and arrived via courier Tuesday morning. Thumbs up there Lily’s Kitchen! 😀

Everything was very securely packed inside an adorably decorated box (covered with quotes from reviews and the brand’s cute pooch and cat doodles) and arrived in perfect condition. Even the company’s stationary is cute 😉 I have more images of everything at the end of this post 🙂

There are three different types of treats in the calendar:

  • Rise & Shines: Two flower-shaped treats, made with beef liver, fresh carrots, blackstrap molasses and alfalfa to help keep your dog’s coat as shiny as a Christmas bauble.
  • Training Treats: Little packs of our mini bone-shaped biscuits, made with fresh russet apples and organic farmhouse Cheddar to help keep your dog’s attention on a wintry walk in the park.
  • Bedtime Biscuits: Single blissful bedtime treats, made with honey, yoghurt, chamomile & passion flowers to promote a Christmas Eve sleep so Santa can get on with his job.

Everything sounds tasty to me! I’ve had some Lily’s Kitchen treats before and they went down well. I have no doubt these will too 😉

I can’t wait to get into these treats! Roll on the 1st of December! 😀

Woof!
Lu

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Review: Pooch Post – October 2016

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Welcome back to my little fluffy corner of the internet 🙂 It’s the start of November and Howl-a-ween has come and gone! Did you dress up or go do anything fun for the day? 🙂 My mom had got me a little devil outfit, but I wouldn’t play along for a photo (devils do what they want, don’t they? I was just playing in character hehe 😀 ). I did pose for a photo though with our fun new pumpkin, Chauncy! He’s quite the smiler isn’t he? 😀

The start of a new month also means it’s time for my next Pooch Post review! I actually got to meet the owner of Pooch Post, Stephen, at the Pet Expo on Dublin last month! 2016-10_petexpolu The wonderful Lilly was there too! She’s the pooch who’s the face of the company. She was super sleepy from meeting everyone so while she napped I grabbed a quick cuddle and a photo with Stephen 🙂 He and the rest of the Pooch Post crew were so lovely to chat to! They really care about pooches and what we like, and it was so nice to finally meet the brains behind the Pooch Post wagon (and her pawrents 😉 ).

Seeing all the goodies from previous boxes at the Pooch Post stand got me excited to see what we would get for October, and once again I was not disappointed! Let’s get into the review!

What is Pooch Post?

pooch_post_logo_compact Just in case you don’t know what Pooch Post is, let me tell you! 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 pooch. It’s like a birthday present in the post each month!

All of the products are tried and tested by the main lady, Lilly. She has the fun job of making sure each toy and treat is tasty and fun to play with before it goes into the box. This way, the Pooch Post crew know that what they are sending out gets the wag of approval and is good to go!

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

So, what did you get this month?

October’s box had five more fun and yummy items for us pooches to get our little (or big, depending on your breed 😉 ) jaws around; 3 treats and 2 toys!

Soopa: Coconut Chews

2016-10-23_16-35-52 The first treats to grab the attention of my little nose were the Coconut Chews by Soopa. Soopa is an Irish company who works with Pooch Post to give us one of their treats in each box. While the treats are super healthy and low calorie, that doesn’t take away from the fact that they are delicious!

These treats are always a winner with us, they make great bedtime snacks. This month we noticed that Soopa had changed how they chopped up the coconut a little. Rather than it being small chunks of coconut, they looked more like shavings. This was great news for me because it meant I could eat them much easier! Now, it also meant I finished my treat faster, but hey, that just means more time for more treats right? 😉

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

At the moment Soopa have three flavours on the market, but they were also at the Pet Expo last month with some tasters of their new flavours! Mom picked me up a little pick-a-mix cup of treats and that cup is long empty! I can’t wait to see the new flavours on the shelves and to try out their new chew sticks!

Trixie: Ball with Bumps

2016-10-23_16-36-28 The first of the two toys is a ball from the pet toy brand Trixie. This ball is not like your normal round ball, this one is made from natural rubber and is covered in bumps! At first we weren’t sure why there were bumps all over it, but as soon as my pawrents tested it out they knew why.

The bumps cause the ball to bounce all over the place! You could throw it forwards, but it could bounce off to the side as soon as it hits the floor. You never know! This makes a game of fetch with this ball much more entertaining as your dog is kept on their toes 🙂

Now sadly, I’ve never been much of a ball pup. I prefer soft toys with squeakers over balls anyday, but that doesn’t mean this toy has gone to waste! My Shiba Inu cousin, Oscar, was more than happy to take this toy as his own and he spent a lot of his fetch games since chasing this ball around the hallway. He didn’t even need my aunt to throw it for him sometimes; it would just bounce away in a different direction when he dropped it. The rubber gives it a pretty good bounce 🙂

It also came in my mom’s favourite colour, red, so that’s also a plus 😉

James Wellbeloved: CrackerJacks with Duck

2016-10-23_16-34-44 The next treat we got in this box was a some yummy CrackJacks with Duck from the James Wellbeloved company. I met a lovely guy from this company at Pet Expo too and he was super friendly! He explained to us how their hypo-allergenic treats (like this one) are great for pooches with diabetes, different food intolerances or skin sensitivities. The company is from the UK and have started to come into the Irish market in the last few months.

I’m glad to hear this too! Because their treats are really nice! These duck flavoured treats are in cute bone shapes and went down well with both Oscar and myself. Another fun bedtime treat! (It’s no wonder we both get super excited for bedtime with all of these treats to pick from :D)

Another tasty treat that has no added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. More for me please! 😀

Naturo: Liver & Cranberry Biscotti

2016-10-23_16-35-10 My mom says that a good cup of tea and a nice biscuit can make any cold evening feel cosy. Now, I have some doggie tea, so I’m halfway there, but I never had a doggie biscuit (treats are different to the biscuits I mean here 😉 ). Until now!

Pooch Post sent us out some Liver and Cranberry Biscotti biscuits from Naturo Pet Foods, and they are delicious! These baked dog treats are slow oven baked until crunchy and good for teeth, and while being wheat and gluten free is great, but being made of 20% liver is even better (in my opinion 😉 ). The cranberries also help to prevent urinary tract infections, which is an extra bonus.

Now I just need mom to make me some tea! 😉
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Trixie: Plush Chicken

2016-10-23_16-37-52 The last, but certainly not least, item from the October box was my new favourite toy from Trixie! I got a yellow striped chicken and, like I said above, I’m a soft-toy-with-squeaker kind of pup so I was very happy 😉 My mom was also glad to hear that the squeaker was not one of those very loud pitched ones, it was more of a honk sound that a high-pitched squeak.

We have had a number of Trixie toys in the past (we still have some of them) and they hold up well during playtime. Oscar got a hold of my poor chicken at one point and he’s down a leg now and his beak is gone, but everything else works perfectly so all good! Looks don’t mean everything, it’s the heart (or squeaker) inside that counts 😉

Oh also, if you don’t like the yellow stripes, this chicken toy comes in a number of different colours to choose from. So there’s a toy for each pup’s taste! 🙂
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Value Comparison

To show you the great value each box is, I like to gather up the recommended retail prices of each item and total them up for you. The online Pooch Post shop stocks up on most of 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/

This brings to total value of this month’s Pooch Post to €24.25.

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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!

Seems like another winner for me! And if you use one of the discount codes that Pooch Post often give out, you can get even better value for your money!

Discount Codes

To get 10% off your first order, use the following code: WOOF

At the time of writing this, Pooch Post have an amazing 30% off deal going for new customers! Which means you could get up to €43.20 off your plan if you go for the 6-month option (which works out at just €16.80 per box on this plan)!

The code is: GV8TW6
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There are deals going on all the time, so check out any of Pooch Post’s socials below for new deals and offers 🙂

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

Final Thoughts

Some solid old favourites mixes with some new ones makes for one very happy Yorkie! I’m going to have to go on extra long Winter walks to work off all of these treats hehe 😉

What did you think of October’s box? Are you tempted to sign up for your pooch? Is there anything extra you would like to see from me on my reviews? Please let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you! 🙂

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

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! 😉 If I don’t like something, I promise I will tell you!

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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 😉

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? 😉

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 😉 ) 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 😉 )

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 🙁 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 😉

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 😉 ).

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 😉

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 “For 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 😉

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 🙂 (You don’t need to have this heated up though, just so you know 😉 )

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 😀

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂 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! 😉

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! 😉 If I don’t like something, I promise I will tell you!

Review: Wellybix

Woof and a fluffy hello to everyone!

I have a different review for you today! I am reviewing two delicious treats from Wellybix: Hand Baked Dog Treats! Let’s get to it, shall we? 😉

Who Are Wellybix?

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Wellybix is a thriving little company run by the lovely Alison and her Jack Russell, Welly! As I’m sure you’ve guessed, Welly is the inspiration behind Wellybix 😉

Alison worked as a pastry chef before being inspired to open up her own homemade doggie treat company after baking some tasty treats for Welly a few years ago. It went from treats just for Welly, to treats for pooches visiting the local holiday cottages, to a fully fledged treat company with their own online store! They also supply a number of pet and farm shops around the UK.

Who doesn’t love a happy business story like this! 😀 Onward and upward for this lovely company!

On that note, if you’d like to be a Wellybix supplier, just give Alison and Welly a shout 🙂

Review time!

In truth, this review has been a long time coming :S It was back in late June when Welly gave a shoutout on Twitter for any pooches that would like a sample of their treats to review. I, of course, was very excited to try some new doggie biscuits, so I sent him a reply, wagging my tail and saying “Me please!”

Within a week the treats had been organised, baked and zoomed through the post to our door! I sampled the treats at the start of July (a little before my blog was launched) and it’s now late September… A mix of mom being busy (and a little lazy :P) caused this delay, and I want to apologise so so much to Alison and Welly for taking this long! You’ve been so patient with me, thank you!

So what did you think?

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The first thing I noticed when I opened up my tasty-smelling package was the cute paw-print tissue wrapping. It was kept together with a couple of sticker tabs with the Wellybix logo, a cute touch I thought!

The packaging of the treats themselves were also eye catching with their colourful labels and little windows (my tail was going into overdrive when I could see the biscuits through the window!). The bags the treats came in sealed up well enough to keep the biscuits fresh for us until we gobbled them all down. Each brown packet contains 110g of biscuits to nibble on and retail at the low price of £3.25.

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I got two different flavours to try out; Chocolate Flavour with Carob and Oats and Carrot with Fresh Parsley.

I had some help testing these treats out (I’m only little, I couldn’t eat them all myself 😉 ). Oscar was more than happy to help me out! Even my mom helped, but she worked more on the smell than the taste. Although, since Wellybix make treats that have no artificial preservatives, colours, flavour enhancers, salt or sugar, she could have had some if she wanted since they are totally safe for both pooches and people! With the increasing amount of preservatives and chemicals appearing in food these days, it’s always great to find all-natural yummy goodness 😉

What’s up doc?

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The first biscuits we tried out were the Carrot with Fresh Parsley ones. I personally loooooove raw carrots so I was naturally very happy with these treats! The ingredients are:

  • Whole wheat and plain flour
  • Oats (Is high in fibre, which aids digestion)
  • Wheatgerm
  • Milk Powder
  • Flaxseed (Is high in fibre, just like the oats)
  • Fresh Pressed Carrot Juice (Contains vitamins A & E, which are great for healthy skin)
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Fresh Parsley (Contains vitamins A & C, calcium, magnesium and iron)

See? Full of natural and beneficial goodness! It’s a bonus that they taste good 😉 These became my bedtime treat for a couple of nights, and I couldn’t wait for them!

Chocolate for a pooch?

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Now I know what you’re thinking when you read that the second flavour is Chocolate with Carob and Oats; “But Lu, isn’t chocolate poisonous to dogs?”

And you would be right! But even though this treat says chocolate, tastes like chocolate and smells like chocolate (mom says they smell like chocolate chip cookies), there is actually no chocolate in it! It’s all got to do with the clever mix of flavours that Alison has put together to give the illusion of chocolate to us pooches, without the risk of us getting sick 😉 The ingredients are:

  • Wholewheat and Plain Flour
  • Oats
  • Wheatgerm
  • Carob Flakes
  • Skimmed Milk Powder
  • Sunflower oil
  • Water

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Not a drop of chocolate in sight! It fooled my mom; she had to double check the ingredients since she couldn’t believe that what she was smelling wasn’t actual chocolate.

Now I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the chocolate treat myself. Us Yorkies are known to be fussy eaters and this was one of those moments. However, my cousin Oscar wolfed them down very happily! We made the trade off that I would have the carrot treats while he had the chocolate. Win win really, there was no fighting over the treats that way 😉

And that’s not all!

At the time of writing this review, there are seven different flavours to choose from on the Wellybix website:

Each of the 110g packets are only £3.25 and there’s a Biscuit Selection Pack for £12 where you can choose four different flavours to get your teeth into.

But wait, there’s more!

Wellybix don’t just do doggie biscuits, they sell a whole range of items in their online store! Some of the items include;

There’s so much choice! There’s even a recipe section just in case you want to try and make your own doggie delights 😉

Oh also, not only did Welly send me some treats to try out, but he also sent me a £5 voucher off a Ruffle Snuffle toy! I did take advantage of this great offer and got a Ruffle Snuffle for myself. I’ll have more on this in a future review 🙂

To wrap up

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I would have to give Wellybix four paws up for everything! The treats, the packaging, the quick shipping, and the contact. I’ve spoken to Alison and Welly many times on Twitter and they are always so cheerful and fun to talk to! They’re super active on Twitter, so that’s a good place to find them. You can also find them at any of these links below:

While it took me a little while to write this, I hope you enjoyed my review! I will definitely be making another Wellybix order soon (once I work my way through the treats I have left in my treat-box 😉 ).

Have you tried any of Wellybix’s treats? What did you think? 🙂

Until next time, thank you very much for reading! I hope you have a great week!

Woof!
Lu

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* Wellybix very kindly supplied these treats for me to review. All opinions in this review are my own and are very honest. I like to say it as it is! 😉

Review: Pooch Post – August 2016

Woof and hello to everyone!

How is everyone doing? I hope you’re well! It’s been a very busy week here at the Fluffy household! The big news is that my pawrents got engaged last Sunday! My dad surprised my mom after they had a lovely picnic overlooking the Kinsale harbour. Humans are silly things, mommy was crying even though she was happy. I don’t understand them sometimes!

Enough of the humans, let’s get back to the doggie business! I’m back with another Pooch Post review for you all! This month’s box arrived as promptly as ever on the 17th of August. The reason it has taken me a couple of weeks to get this review up is that I thought it would be a good idea to test out the products for a little while first so that I could give you a proper review 🙂 I think I might keep this format, let me know what you think!

What is Pooch Post?

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Pooch Post is a subscription box service based in Ireland. The lovely Lilly is the main pup in charge with her dad, Stephen. They work hard every month to gather up different products and treats for their customers to enjoy, and Lilly has the wonderful job of being the chief tester for everything. What a lucky pooch! Pooch Post is a great way to get a variety of tried and tested products delivered to your door each month. If something doesn’t get the Lilly tail-wag of approval, it doesn’t get in the box, so you know everything is good 🙂

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

Somewhere along the delivery line my poor box must have hit the floor, so please excuse it not being in any photos this month! Thankfully the box is very sturdy, so none of the goodies got damaged. My daddy tried to hide the box from me when it arrived but I could see it up on the couch and he couldn’t stop me getting all excited! I know the box, and I know it’s for me 😉

So, what did you get this month?

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This month, we got five new items and also a flyer that gives us 20% off and experience with Pawtrait Photography! I just had a browse through her site and wow, she takes amazing photos of pooches! Please do go have a look, there are some stunning photographs there 🙂

We also got our usual Pooch Post flyer detailing our goodies, and the next issue of the Cold Noses Newsletter. This time there was a listing of on-demand veterinarian support websites (for those times when you need some advice but can’t get to a vet), a piece on dealing with separation anxiety, a recipe for some tasty homemade treats, a piece defending Pit Bulls (very important as the breed is highly misunderstood!), and more!

Xylitol

The piece that caught our attention on the newsletter was about xylitol and how dangerous it is for dogs. It’s a sugar substitute that is in so many products nowadays (including in some brands of a common doggie favourite, peanut butter!) and it could actually kill your pooch! We had a personal experience with xylitol after my cousin Oscar snuck into his mom’s bag and ate her bubble gum. My aunt and mom had to make an emergency call to the vet and Oscar had to get an injection to make him sick before it got into his system. So be very careful furends! Ask your pawrents to check the labels!

Cheeky Dog Bakery: Cupcake Cookie

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The first item in the box this month was another tasty treat from Cheeky Dog Bakery. This is one of the two Irish companies that are partnered with Pooch Post, which means that each month you are guaranteed to get one of their delicious handmade dog treats to enjoy. This month it was a lovely tasty cookie in the shape of a cupcake!

This little treat is made with a peanut butter base (definitely no xylitol in there!) and covered with yummy (and dog friendly!) icing. Tasty!! After I tossed the packet around for a while trying to open it, mom finally got the hint and opened it for me (silly mom!). I was once again a very caring cousin and let Oscar have the top half 😉 I nibbled the icing off of the cookie first before snacking down on half of my share. I had the rest for breakfast the next day! Who wouldn’t want cookies with their breakfast? 😉

Soopa: Papaya Chews

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Soopais the second Irish company partnered with Pooch Post. These guys focus on bringing pets super healthy treats that are low calorie, nutritious and also very tasty. Last month we got the Coconut Chews, and this month we got the Papaya Chews!

I looooove these Papaya Chews! I don’t know what it is about them, but I simply love to get my little teeth into them! They smell good and taste good, and have lots of benefits, such as:

  • Low Calorie, 1g of fat per 100g
  • One of your Dogs Five a Day
  • Rich in Anti Oxidants
  • Contains ‘Papain’ which Aids Digestion

These treats are always a winner with us 🙂

Green & Wilds: Antler Powder – Dietary Supplement

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This is the second Green & Wilds treat in a row that we got in Pooch Post and it didn’t disappoint! My mom knew there was something with this little grey tube that had caught my nose’s attention when I insisted on it being taken out of the box and kept trying to open it myself. You can see the proof below!

I’ve never heard of Antler Powder before, but I have an antler chew that I enjoy so that’s probably why my nose was interested. Don’t worry, it’s all natural and taken from antlers that free roaming deer have shed themselves. So it’s totally cruelty free (very important!) and it’s packed with high volumes of natural minerals and nutrients, which aid circulation, metabolism and other things.

My mom said it’s like when they sprinkle a little salt on their food 🙂 I don’t know what that tastes like, but all I know is that my bowl has been cleared almost every single time this has been sprinkled on my food! Mom is very impressed! My cousin Oscar isn’t as keen (he wouldn’t eat the food with the powder on it for ages) but I really like it! It comes out as a white powder, and you really only need a little. It’s going to last for a long time too, so yay!

Kong: Wild Knots Birds

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This month saw the return of a Kong toy (we got one a few months back, my little bear that you can see below!). This time it was a red and white knot bird!

These knot plushies have rope in their bodies, which means they last longer than your normal plush. My little bear has been played with by both Oscar and I, and he’s still hanging in there! (Ok, he’s missing some bits, but he’s still here!)

He also comes with a little stuffing (so there’s not too much of a mess when we pooches eventually get into his belly!) and one of my most favourite things, a squeaker! Mom said to make sure I say it’s not a super loud squeaker, just in case other pawrents don’t like them 😉

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Also, bonus points to Pooch Post for sending the toy that is in the colours of my county! (Red and white are the County Cork colours, just in case you didn’t know 😉 )

PawBakes: Cupcake Baking Kit

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Last but by no means least, we have a fun baking kit from PawBakes! How cute is this?! I get to make my own pupcakes at home! Well, mom will make them, but still!

The ingredients are all human grade (so you know they’re good!) and the kit is a peanut butter flavour with doggie-chocolate icing! There are even small little cupcase cases for them! All you need to make them is a bun tray, one medium egg, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and some water (3 tablespoons).

Now at the moment I cannot go into more details on how they turned out, because we haven’t made them yet! Mom said she’s going to help me make them so we can do a full review of them by themselves, which should be fun! So please keep a look out for that coming down the line 🙂

Value Comparison

The Pooch Post show should have all of these in stock very soon if you want to shop all in one place 😉 You can visit the shop here: http://www.poochpost.ie/shop/. At the time of writing this review they were not all up yet, so I went around to the different sites and gathered up the prices of each product. I hope this will help you see for yourself the value for money you can expect from Pooch Post.

This brings to total value of this month’s Pooch Post to €28.30.

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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!

As with the last box, I feel like this is a very good deal! You get a number of different treats, toys and/or accessories delivered to your door each month and I think this is a great way of trying out new things that you know have been tested already (Remember, if it’s not good enough for Lilly then it doesn’t go in the box!).

Also, you get an even better deal if you use one of Pooch Post’s discount codes!

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If you’re feeling tempted, I have three different codes you can use (only one per order though ;)). The first are two 10% codes, one from the newsletter of COLDNOSES! And the second is the code WOOF. These codes will work across all of the plans.

However, there’s currently a 30% off code going if you want to go for a 3-month package! It’s only available until the 10th of September, so grab it while you can! That would work out at €56.70 in total, which is only €18.90 per box!

If that has convinced you, then pop over to their site and use this code to get 30% off: 3MONTH30

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If you’re reading this later and the 30% deal is gone, then I can suggest keeping 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!

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Final Thoughts

This box gets four paws up from me! The Soopa treats are long gone, as is the cookie from Cheeky Dog Bakery. All of my meals now have antler powder on them (and I’ve had no tummy issues from it 🙂 ), and my Kong Knot bird is getting tossed around the room nightly! I even gave him a new hairstyle (I trimmed it down a little with my teeth 😉 ). I’ve yet to try the cupcake baking kit, but I’m sure that will be fun too!

Here’s to September’s box! 😀

I hope you enjoyed my review! Please let me know if you have any feedback in the comments below, or visit me on any of my socials 🙂

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! 😉 If I don’t like something, I promise I will tell you!

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!

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