Surprise My Pet is a brand new pet subscription box that just launched, and sends 2-3 or 4-7 products for your pet every month. It's currently starting out with just dog products, but they will be introducing boxes for other pets soon. I don't actually have a dog, but I know someone who just recently brought home a puppy, so I asked for a puppy specific box for their new pup. Surprise My Pet kindly sent me this box for review purposes.
The box everything came in is very nice, but it's huge and when I opened it I was kind of taken aback by how little was actually inside. And there was nothing holding everything in place, like bubble wrap or something, so everything could potentially just be rattling around during the shipping process.
Here's the info card, with some more info about each item and pricing information.
Li'l Pals Dumbbell Dog Toy - ($5.50)
I found this toy online for about $3.50, so the value was a little high. The puppy who was to receive this toy, Enzo, is a biter so the owners were a little worried about how cheaply this toy was made. It looks like the colors are painted on, and they were worried that Enzo would just rip the squeaker right out because it's in the end and not in the middle of the toy. Enzo is teething, so they've been trying to give him rope toys and other things that he can't just immediately rip apart.
Rawhide Donut - ($7)
Again, I found this for about $4 online, so the stated value is a little high. Enzo's owners have had another dog before, and they told me that rawhide bones just turn to glue when the dog chews on them. They didn't want to give this to him either because he would just make a huge mess with it.
Best Buddy Bits - ($10)
These can be purchased on Amazon for about $6, so the value was a little overstated. Carob is supposed to be a good replacement for dogs who like to get into chocolate, because it tastes similar, but is not harmful to the dog. While these are training treats, Enzo's owners did not feel comfortable giving these to him after reading the ingredients. Enzo is a Portuguese Water Dog, and they are known for having certain health issues, so they are trying to be as healthy as they can with his food and treats. Here are the ingredients:
Wheat Flour, Vegetable Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Sugar, Dried Ground Carob, Caramel Color, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Garlic Powder, Natural Butter Flavor.
Overall, this box was stated to have a value of $22.50, but by my calculations everything could be purchased separately for about $13.50. Even before I looked at the value and prices, opening the box I felt like it needed one or two more items to be worth it given how big the box is. For pet owners who don't want to or don't have the time to shop for treats and toys for their pet this box might be an option. But for ingredient, quality, and value conscious owners, this might not currently be for you.
More information about Surprise My Pet:
- Premium (2-3 Items):
- Month-to-month: $13.95 + $6.95 Shipping
- 3-month: $12.96 + $6.95 Shipping
- Annual: $11.44 + $6.95 Shipping
- Deluxe (4-7 Items):
- Month-to-month: $32.95 + $7.95 Shipping
- 3-month: $29.66 + $7.95 Shipping
- Annual: $27.02 + $7.95 Shipping
Coupon Code - Use code Evolutionofafoodie for $5 off your first Surprise My Pet box (Expires 4/4/15)
Disclosure: I received these products complimentary for review purposes. This is my honest review.