PetBox: December 2014 Review

During the Christmas season I received/saw an insane amount of deals and well, I’m not the best at resisting a sale.. or spoiling my dog. PetBox was offering a BOGO (buy one, get one) deal on their premium boxes ($40), which sends 4-6 items. Although I love my dog, $40 a month for one box is a bit more than I want to spend, so this was a great opportunity to try PetBox out!

There are 2 main subscriptions available from PetBox – the Deluxe ($20 for 2-3 items) and the Premium ($40 for 4-6 items). In addition, you can select items from their shop to curate your own box, or let them choose for you with the “surprise collection.” For my first box, I decided to go the surprise route.

Opening the box was a bit overwhelming. In addition to the promised 4-6 items, there were also bonus Christmas treats! Needless to say, Sheba was definitely in her glory.

Corduroy & Denim Rope Toy
The first item I noticed was this big smiling rope toy ($9). It kind of reminded me of something one would win at a carnival or the boardwalk. As with everything in the box, Sheba sniffed this, but was uninterested. There’s a squeaker inside (which she likes) but it’s not a furry squeaking toy, so it’s not for her. Little miss diva!

J Nicolay Pumpkin & Cinnamon Treats
The bag of J Nicolay treats ($9) took up almost the entire box (length wise)! I was unsure how Sheba would handle these since she’s normally not into pumpkin-flavored treats. She wasn’t crazy about them but she ate them anyway. Some of the company’s other flavors sounded a little more up her alley, so maybe we’ll try them next time.

Eye Opticlear
It was kind of strange to find a bottle of eye drops in a box full of dog treats and toys. Just like eye drops for us humans, Eye Opticlear ($7) is supposed to help relieve itching, allergies, or anything else bothering your pet’s eyes. I haven’t had this issue with Sheba in her almost three years with me, but I guess it’s always good to have on hand just in case!

Bow Wow Pets Monster Toy
The monster toy ($4) seems more like something a little kid would play with than a dog. The rough material isn’t something Sheba’s a fan of, so we’ll add this one to our donate pile.

PawGanics Toy Cleaner
Is it weird that I’ve never thought to clean Sheba’s toys? I guess this toy cleaner ($8.50) is a sign that I should be (although not for plush or fabric toys)! Natural and toxic-free, this is supposed to be great on cleaning dirt, drool, and grime. I’m thinking I’ll give this a try over the weekend when I get into cleaning mode at home!

Skinneeez Masked Bandit Skunk
The skunk squeaker toy ($6) along was worth the box for us. A furry toy with squeakers (and extra squeakers included), Sheba instantly pulled this out of the box and ran away. There’s also no fluff inside (which is a surprise to her), which is a bit of a relief to me because sometimes when she pulls the fluff out she accidentally swallows some and gets an upset stomach. I definitely want to add more of these to her toy collection!

Old Mother Hubbard’s Jingle Jangle P-Nuttier Treats
I’m always very happy to find whatever holiday it is-related items in subscription boxes and the Jingle Jangle Treats ($3 each) were no exception. With Sheba’s beloved peanut butter as the main ingredient, these were a big hit!

Our December PetBox retailed out to almost $50, which is great because we really only paid $20 for it! While it wasn’t a complete hit, we’ll definitely get use out of about half of them and will donate the  rest to the Humane Society, because while one dog may not like it, another definitely will.

Box #2 arrives in a couple weeks and this time I decided to curate the box myself to ensure it would be a complete hit (or close to it) for Sheba. After all, mother knows best!

Have you tried PetBox? What kind of items would you like to receive in a box for your dog(s)?



  1. January 20, 2015 / 9:07 PM

    I'm a new pet mom so I might give in and try it out, especially since I'm new to all of this!

    • January 22, 2015 / 2:41 AM

      You definitely should! Subscription boxes introduce you/your dog to a lot of different brands (especially ones you might not have heard of). Plus you get a variety of items (i.e. toys, treats). I never have to buy anything except Sheba's food at the pet store!

  2. January 21, 2015 / 11:44 AM

    The eye wash and toy cleaner are a little weird. It would be better if they had a pet floor cleaner or deodorizer in the box. Still, it seems like a great deal for $20! I wish my Pup wasn't so picky. I have a tip for you; buy her stuffed animals from the clearance section after holidays (just make sure there are not any beads or anything that would be damaging for a dog). I stock up after Christmas, Easter, Christmas, etc. and store most of the stuffed animals in the closet until it is time for a new one. :)

    • January 22, 2015 / 2:43 AM

      That's a great idea, thanks! Her forever favorite is Lamb Chop (like the old sock puppet) so whenever it's on sale I buy like 5 of them :)

  3. January 21, 2015 / 11:45 AM

    *Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas (is what that ^ should say)