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Review: Pooch Post Monthly Subscription boxes – May 2016

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  • Ollie gives these 8/10
    8/10
  • Penny gives these 9/10
    9/10

Ollie & Penny says...

We were really excited to get our paws on the May Pooch Post!! We really enjoyed our new goodies this month especially Eco friendly and natural products!

Overall
8.5/10

We have to say, the sausages Ollie & Penny are really starting to know when it’s Pooch Post time of the month. They have started getting really excited for all mail that arrives around the 15th. Is this a good thing – we think so!  They very obviously enjoy receiving the Pooch Post parcel and the excitement of can clearly be seen when they open it! This month was no exception – with the signature wiggley doxie bums wagging from side to side along with their tails, Ollie & Penny’s May Pooch Post arrived!! 

photo-lillyPooch Post is an Irish monthly dog subscription box service, and is based in Kildare. Lilly, the bichon has the best job ever! She oversees and tests all the products that go into their boxes –  from treats to toys and accessories, as well as making sure to provide us with pawtastic Irish pet brands too! They provide 3 different box sizes to fit your pooch breed and also 3 subscription choices – 1, 3, or 6 months!

Once again Ollie & Penny are delighted to be reviewing another box of delights from Pooch Post, this time for May 2016! This box is their fifth and the latest delivery by Pooch Post to the sausages. You can find our other monthly reviews here! Boxes are posted on the 15th of each month – so if you get your subscription in before the 12th of the month you’ll be guaranteed to get the next monthly box full of canine goodies and surprises for your pooch! Here’s what was in the May box:

1 x Lucy the Parrot Toy by Beco Pets
1 x
Soopa Sweet Papaya Dog Chews
1 x
Cheeky Dog Bakery ‘Teacup’ Treats
1 x
Deli Fish Cubes by Green & Wilds
1 x
Doggie Teabags ‘Feel Good’ by The Woof & Brew

Let’s get straight into it!

We went ‘live’ again this month on our Facebook page for the sausages to unbox their May Pooch Post delivery!! Ollie was a little excited for his mail and then Penny done her usual disappearing act with Lucy the Parrot! We’ve added the video to our Vimeo page if you feel like reliving the experience and letting us know your thoughts! There’s a few glitches in the video which we can’t explain – it was like this when we downloaded it, but it shouldn’t ruin your viewing pleasure more that Ollie squeaking does anyway! 

First impressions:

Pooch Post arrived promptly this month again from our very friendly Fastway courier – with its trademark cardboard box and the lovely ‘Pooch Post’ logo. No mistaking the brand or where this is from. Inside all the products were laid out in the usual beautifully presented way on a base of straw.

Month after month Penny never fails to make us laugh with her impression of ‘˜The Flash’ As soon as the box is opened she darts in, grabs the squeaky toy and vanishes. Poor Ollie never gets a look in! This month her new best friend is Lucy the Parrot from Beco Pets. Stuffed with recycled plastic bottles and double stitched, this is ideal for dogs that love to chew as it’s very durable! A week or so after getting Lucy she’s still going strong despite plenty of gnawing and tug-o-wars between the two sausages. Pooch Post never fails when it comes to dog toys and this month was no different. Lucy has become a family favourite!

We all know that Ollie loves his treats and when Pooch Post arrives, he’s always straight in to see what’s new for taste testing. First up are the ‘Teacup’ treats, which are the latest offerings from Cheeky Dog Bakery.

Yummy Cheeky Dog Bakery peanut butter teacups to go with our Woof & Brew!

Yummy Cheeky Dog Bakery peanut butter teacups to go with our Woof & Brew!

These came in a bag of about 15 or so bite sized treats with the main ingredient being Ollie’s favourite – peanut butter. After getting a good inspection from Ollie’s nose, it was time to try them out! Ollie & Penny love their peanut butter so there was no way these treats could fail! As expected, the doggies were crazy for them and they were even tasty enough to tease Penny away from Lucy the Parrot, if only for a moment. After a couple of treats each, the bag was put away to some protest from Ollie. Cheeky Dog Bakery doesn’t disappoint and once again their Pooch post offering lived up to expectations.

Both Ollie & Penny really love this treats!! We'll be getting them more of these!

Both Ollie & Penny really love this treats!! We’ll be getting them more of these!

Next for the sausage inspection was the Deli Fish Cubes from Green & Wilds. Ollie was very excited as we opened these while Penny was off getting to know Lucy the Parrot a little better. Coming in a good sized bag (75g), these are British made and naturally dried fish treats. They are marketed as being made from 100% fish skin and so are packed with natural fish oils, which can help give your pooches nice shiny coats. They can also help to keep your dog’s teeth clean. That’s all good and well but how would they fair in the all-important taste test?? No fears there, as both Ollie & Penny were happy to gobble them up and even though they are quite a dry and crispy treat, that didn’t pose any difficulties for the sausages. So far the doggies have loved this month’s selection of nibbles!

So with both sausages impressed so far, we moved on to the final two goodies. Soopa, which are a permanent addition to the Pooch Post box like Cheeky Dog Bakery; this month we got the Papaya variety. These are a favourite for Ollie and Penny  and they’ve been enjoying them for a good while now – we do sell them on our boutique here. These are made with 100% delicious and healthy papaya and are full of flavor as well as being low fat. They are also ideal for any dogs that suffer from allergies or are hypoallergenic (such as our Ollie). We’ll keep this packet for later as we already have a packet of Soopa open!

Doggie Teabags are up next by Woof & Brew.   Many of you may not have seen these before or even thought something like this existed, but they do and they are a unique range of complimentary herbal teas specially created for dogs! We stock these in our boutique too, so we know the brand and have done some testing before with them – with varying success. We got a packet of the ‘˜Feel Good’ variety here with Pooch Post, so we decided to give them another try!

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This is a seven day pack – that means they contain seven individual teabags. Yes teabags. For dogs!  The doggies were quick to give them a good sniff but not being edible, they didn’t grab their attention straight away. They are described as being full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and designed to support your dog’s health and digestive system, which in turn helps give your dog the ‘feel good’ factor! So we made them a bowl! It was quite easy to prepare – boil your water and place one teabag in 240ml of boiling water – stir and leave for a short time to infuse. Remove the teabag and add 750 ml of cold water. This is important – never serve boiling water to your dog. So we served it up once cold to the sausages…

Ollie gave the Woof & Brew a lil sniff - but it wasn't for him!

Ollie gave the Woof & Brew a lil sniff – but it wasn’t for him!

Results were varied. It smelled very minty and refreshing to us hoomans, but the sausages were a little apprehensive. They both gave the bowl a good sniff before going in for a taste – Ollie didn’t like it at all and didn’t go back to it, but Penny give it a few tries. It certainly sounds like a great product and we’re thinking it would be a perfect, refreshing treat for the sausages on a warm sunny day with a few ice cubes added! We’ll let you know how we get on as soon we get a chance to try it out further!

In summary:

Each month you can expect to find between 4 and 5 quality products like the above in your Pooch Post delivery. Items range between natural organic treats like Green & Wilds to fun new toys and innovative products that your dog will love.

Ollie & Penny, as you can see were excited to get their May Pooch Post!! They really enjoyed their new goodies this month, and from a hoomans perspective we loved all the Eco friendly and natural products! Both Ollie & Penny’s special mention this month has to go to their new favourite treats by Green & Wilds – the Deli Fish Cubes. Although Penny really loved her new Lucy the Parrot, the fish cubes were enjoyed by both Ollie & Penny! They we’re easy chewed, not too smelly for us hoomans and they’re all natural!! The sausages definitely wanted more! We’ll have to see about stocking these in the boutique!!

Value for Money:

We’re continuing our new section this month and comparing the individual product prices against the box price itself to give you an idea of the value for money you can expect to get in a monthly subscription box from Pooch Post.

– Soopa Sweet Papaya Dog Chews – e3.80
– Lucy the Parrot by Beco Pets – e10.50 (UK Price)
– Cheeky Dog Bakery ‘Teacup’ Sticks* – e3.75
– Fish Deli Cubes by Green & Wilds – e3.94 (UK Price)
– Feel Good Doggie Teabags by Woof & Brew – e6.95

This month the total item price for the April box is e28.94 (on average). The box price ranges from e24.00 – e29.00 per month depending on your subscription length. So there is potential for quite a big saving every month by signing up for the longer subscription. If you aren’t keen on getting surprises (for us that’s the best bit), or if your dog has specific diet requirements, then maybe purchasing treats & toys that you’re used to individually would be better than a subscription service. Each to their own! But the excitement for the pooches is priceless – in our humble sausage opinion!

*we couldn’t find a specific price for these, so we used an average from other similar items on the Cheeky Dog Bakery store.

Get your own Pooch Post!

You can get your own, sign up for Pooch Post and get the next box which is June, by popping over to their website www.poochpost.ie! Prices, as mention above, range from e24.00 to e29.00 per month depending on your subscription length!

Good news this month too for all our UK visitors! Pooch Post will be arriving to the UK very very soon – so do keep an eye on their social pages for updates!

You can also find regular offers & discount codes their too – pop by twitter & Facebook for all details!

Do join Ollie & Penny next month when they will be opening their June box live on our Facebook page and showing you all what we got!! We can’t wait! We’d also love if you can tweet us, tag us or even just bark and show us your photos of you opening your boxes! We’ll share them with all our doggie pals! #PoochPost

*Pooch Post has provided their monthly boxes for Ollie & Penny to review. All views and opinions expressed are our own and we have received no financial contributions for this review.

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