Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Do you spoil your pets? Check out this Pet Gift Box Subscription


I have absolutely no shame in purchasing gifts for my furry friends. Animal lovers across the world know what I mean. I definitely believe in spoiling your pets rotten if you have the means, whether it be for the holidays or "just because."


Shade is our newest addition. She's a six-month-old German Shepherd/Labrador mix. She's around thirty to forty-pounds at six months so she's definitely on the smaller end of the breed size. She's my rambunctious, playful, and stubborn girl, but she's as sweet as honey.

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Buddha is an eight-year-old Chow Chow mix. He's been with us since he was nine weeks old and has grown up with our son. He is a ninety-pound ball of fluff and while he might look intimidating, he's just a big furry baby.


Our dogs are family, period. When we brought our canine companions into our home, they became family. We are one big pack—a pack of four humans and two dogs. Both Buddha and Shade share a love of all things noisy, bouncy, and delicious, so this Pet GiftBox was the perfect option for them, so scoring a Pet GiftBox was exciting for everyone in our family.

PetGiftBox is a monthly subscription-based service launched in 2014. Each month, they'll send a box of hand-selected treats and toys, specifically for cats and dogs. The price is around $25 per month for several products, including chews, toys, healthy treats, and accessories.


Sign up for a Pet GiftBox. It's super simple.

Just choose the size of your pet (cats are considered "Perfect Size"—I thought that was cute), select whether your pet is male or female, enter his adoption/birth month, and your birth month. Finally, you'll review your plan and then you checkout!

You can auto-renew, pause, or cancel your subscription at any time.


Perhaps the coolest thing about this Pet GiftBox subscription is that with each purchase of a Pet GiftBox, you're giving to a pet in need.

PetGiftBox sent us products from DOG for DOG. DOG for DOG is a company that offers treats, toys, and more for your canine companion and gives an equal amount of food to dogs in need.


So, if you have pets and you're looking for ways to give back to animals, then this is a good way to spoil your pet while also helping a pet in need. This is a huge plus in my book!


Curious as to what's inside a dog gift box from PetGiftBox.com?

Let's check it out.


Upon first glance, I was impressed with the products. There seemed to be more than I was expecting, and I loved that the treats were all-natural and healthy.


Here's the price breakdown and details on each product that was inside.


Plush Puppy, $4.99


This cute little Plush Puppy is a soft, furry toy with a textured surface that's great for chewing or gnawing, and it squeaks.


Our German Shepherd mix had this toy torn apart within a week, stuffing pulled out and all. I was frightened when I saw that she had torn out the squeaker! I hadn't even realized that she had torn it apart—that morning, it was still whole. So, is it worth it? Maybe for a small-breed dog, but definitely not for a German Shepherd puppy. Always supervise your dog when he or she is chewing on a toy.


Stuff-A-Ball Treat Toy, $4.49


After having learned my lesson with the Plush Puppy, I watched my dogs very closely with the Stuff-A-Ball Treat Toy. I'm glad that I did, because within 30 minutes, Shade had the ball ripped up.


Those two tiny pieces were extremely dangerous and had she swallowed them, she could have choked. This, my friends, is why you should always supervise your pet when introducing a new toy.


The packaging itself says to supervise use and to remove the item from your pet if any part becomes loose or detached.



Now, in defense of the company, Shade can be quite destructive. While she's small, she's extremely strong.

German Shepherds have the second strongest bite of all dog breeds. With 75% German Shepherd blood running through her veins, her bite has the potential to apply up to 238 pounds of pressure. Also, because she's still a puppy, her teeth are still relatively sharp.

Even with that said, I do not recommend this particular toy. For small dog breeds, this might be safe, but I'm not one to take chances, especially when it comes to my family.

The Stuff-A-Ball Treat Toy was not a win for us.


DOGSBAR, $2.99


Next up, we had the DOGSBAR, an all-natural, gluten-free snack for your pup. This one was peanut butter flavored.


These nutrition bars are ideal for a long trip a hike on the trail or for keeping in your glove compartment while you're on the road. It contains natural, healthy ingredients including flax seed and peanut butter. Below is the full ingredients list.

  • Organic brown rice syrup
  • Oats
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Organic crisp brown rice
  • Organic flax seeds
  • Organic peanut butter
  • Sunflower seed kernels
  • Organic potato flakes
  • Organic sunflower oil
We split this bar with Buddha and Shade and they both gobbled it up instantly. This one is definitely a win! It's like a candy bar for dogs!


DOGSTREAT Duck Mini, $7.99


I was surprised to see these in the Pet GiftBox! Any duck treats that I've purchased at the store are usually super healthy with not-so-super prices. In fact, I've seen quality duck treats for over $12 per pack! This one is definitely a steal!

Check out the nutrition facts!

GUARANTEED ANALYSIS:


Crude Protein (min.)......................10%
Crude Fat (min.).............................11%
Crude Fiber (max)..........................2%
Moisture (max)...............................28%


These particular treats are Duck Minis. They're natural treats, containing duck, fruits, and vegetables. Check out the full ingredients list below:

Ingredients in the DOGforDOG DOGSTREAT Duck Minis

Duck, Barley Flour, Oat Meal, Glycerin, Tapioca Syrup, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract), Pork Gelatin, Salt, Canola Lecithin, Lactic Acid, Sodium Bisulfate, Black Malt Extract, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Monoglycerides of Vegetable Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Rosemary Extract

These are seriously the perfect treat for training! Shade responds very well when we have these treats ready to reward her with. Another win!


Crinkle Paw, $4.99


The Crinkle Paw is a toy that sounds like crinkling plastic wrap when you squeeze it.

From the DOGforDOG website:

Swipe a paw at your canine pal with this crinkle paw toy designed to keep your dog engaged and entertained. It's fur construction contains just the right amount of crinkle inside to drive your favorite pooch nuts as he tosses it around during playtime. Toss the crinkle paw for your dog to fetch back for you, or play a fun game of tug-o'-war with him. The crinkle paw's soft texture is appealing to dogs looking for something fuzzy to romp around with, and the crinkle noises the paw makes will keep your dog deeply engaged for extended hours of play.

Buddha doesn't care much for this one, but Shade loves it. She loves that it makes noise as she chews on it. Last night, I found her snuggled up with it in my bedroom. I'd say she appreciates the Crinkle Paw more than the Plush Puppy.


So, the Crinkle Paw is another win in this Pet GiftBox!


OVERALL SCORE: 3/5

Based on price alone, you get your money's worth. You receive a total of $25.45 worth of products and you only pay $25 with free shipping.

The quality of the products was so-so. Out of the five items we received, three gave us a positive experience, whereas the other two did not.

Overall, I'd say that the Pet GiftBox I received would be rated "Average." However, you never know what's in the next box!


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