Black & White Sunday: PawsomeBox in Review

We’ve got something a bit different to share this Back & White Sunday… Hurrah! The lovely folks at PawsomeBox asked if we would like to review one of their boxes, so of course we put all our paws up and said we would be delighted!

That was back in January, and I had completely forgotten about it to tell the truth, so it was a lovely surprise last week when the postman knocked on the door with a bright blue parcel in his hand. I was REALLY excited, it was my birthday this week so I naturally thought somebody had treated me! Alas, no, this parcel was most definitely not mine. Except it was really because I would always much rather things went to the dogs, I liken the feeling to how parents tell you they feel on Christmas morning when gifting their children presents. My mum always used to say ‘I love to see your little faces light up’ and while it might be sad, it’s also true that I feel this way when I give my motley crew a present or treat. In fact, I’d put money on me being more excited about it than they are. But anyway, I digress, on with the review…

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WHAT IS PAWSOME BOX?
I suppose I should give a little explanation, right? Pawsome Box is a subscription based home delivery service, for dogs. Every month, you receive a parcel full of goodies for your little furries (or big ones). You can tailor the box to suit your requirements, or rather your dogs’ requirements by filling out their profile when you sign up. There are a few different pricing plans available, but you can get your paws on one for as little as £15.90 per month, with the contents guaranteed to be worth more than this… up to £30 I believe. Simple, right? For more information though, give them a visit over here: https://pawsomebox.co.uk/

SO WHAT HAPPENED?
Well, once I discovered said box was for my trio I couldn’t wait to show them. And they just KNEW it was for them.  They were jumping up and clawing and their little tails looked as though they may wag off. So I set the box down to laugh at the fact they couldn’t watch them open it.

Ellie Myfie Pawsomebox opening
Look at them snouts and noses going to work… they’re having so much fun!

all in pawsomebox

Once I’d finished laughing at them they were done with the sniffing and exploring, I did just what Myfie’s face told me too… we opened it all up and investigated the contents.

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SO WHAT DID WE GET?
Each of the boxes are themed, and this being the box for February it was all about Valentines Day. The box did come after the day itself, but I am sure any self-respecting dog owner will agree, love is not just for one day of the year! I was pleased and I know the pups were, with the theme of love for our very first box. Ellie paw notes

The boxes seem to have a good balance of treats, toys and hygiene related surprises. Ellie and I quickly nabbed the ‘Paw notes’ newsletter before Myfie got hold of it, thinking it was a toy. Shredding paper is oh-so-much-fun dontcha know? This little magazine style newsletter is a really nice touch, it lets you know what your box is all about, and has theme related articles and trivia. Ellie seemed to really enjoy reading it.

ellie reading pawsomebox

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GOOD STUFF?
Okay, okay… well naturally Myfie was straight in there for the food.

myfie treats pawsomebox
Hey! Myf… hows about you let us see what you actually have there, yeah?

myfie show treats pawsomebox

Much better. So as you can now see, we got some rawhide and chicken ball thingies which apparently tasted delicious! I like to think they chose this treat in particular because they knew the box was coming to a household with more than one dog. That’s a nice touch! There’s also a lamb flavoured stick treat there so I am counting on the fact that he can’t count. I do recall seeing both of these things in the local pet store so know them to be of high quality… not that it would matter much to Myf.

millie earbuds pawsomebox

Millie didn’t seem too impressed when I handed her these safety buds for cleaning out her ears… which I find odd, since she tries to eat the human ones if she ever finds any lying around. It might have had something to do with the fact she had just been groomed, though. It is just the buds, you can buy the cleaning solution separately.

Millie heart treats pawsomebox
Anyway, she perked up a little when she saw these cute heart-shaped training treats. Phew.

ellie pawsomebox squeeker teddy

Ellie bypassed the treats and went straight for the toys, as she always does… particularly if they are furry and squeaky. The little blanket was both of those things. It looked to me like something you would maybe give a puppy? It was like a comfort blanket with a head. Ellie tried to suckle it, but couldn’t get the angle quite right so she and Millie played tug with it instead and it is now in the ‘hospital’ awaiting major surgery.

ellie pawsomebox heart
This thing though, this thing is still going strong. It a heart-shaped, hard rubber (latex is it?) squeaker toy and all three of the little tinkers LOVE this. Why? Because it’s LOUD! and really irritating fun! Oddly this also finds its way into the hospital for frequent visits, we’ve no idea how it gets there (ahem!) perhaps it’s missing its old friend blanket bear?

And that’s our loot!

SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
Hmm. This is a tricky one. The thought of getting a little pick-me-up delivered in the post every month is so appealing. The pups were genuinely excited by it and knew it was for them. You could almost say it was worth the money for that feeling alone. It was a lot of fun watching their little faces as each item was pulled out of the box.
I don’t doubt the quality of the products in the box.  In fact I had a little squizz on Amazon to see if I could price some of the bits up online as I, personally hadn’t heard of some of the brands (which is part of the appeal, too). My research showed that actually, yes, you are making a saving if you were to buy these items individually. So it’s reassuring to know that you aren’t getting ‘ripped off’ in some way.

The downside though, (and I imagine this is true of every box subscription service, no matter the type) is that I probably wouldn’t have selected these items to actually purchase myself.
If I had just one dog, I can see it as something I would definitely consider. The amount of treats and product in there is about the level you would expect for the price I think, for them to get a good amount of enjoyment and time out of it until the next one arrives. For three dogs though, unless you had the money to buy them one each (which I DEFINITELY do not pups, so don’t even THINK about it), it probably isn’t something I would invest in.

Please do try it out for yourselves though, if you are interested. You don’t HAVE to sign up for the full year so if you want some box-shaped fun delivered to your door give PawsomeBox a try and let us know what YOU think.

DISCLAIMER: PawsomeBox did not pay us to review, nor did they influence us on what we should say.

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Black and White Sunday: Scruffy Chops

We are always on the look out for lovely grooming products to try here. We’ve had all sorts over the years and none just really seem to cut it. When the pups have been groomed by the groomer they  smell delicious for at least a week afterward, but of course our lovely groomer will not disclose her secret as to which product she uses. And believe me, I’ve tried bribery and corruption to force it out of her.

Anyway, whilst searching I came across a brand that I hadn’t heard of before. being an ex graphic designer and marketing type bod I am shamelessly drawn to some pretty packaging and this did not disappoint. Don’t worry I am not entirely naive though, I do check out the credentials before moving away from just admiring.
This stuff sounded perfect! Cruelty Free for a start! But all made from natural, organic ingredients. Dead Sea Minerals mostly, I won’t go on because by now you just want to get to the pictures I expect. You can read all about it here though should you want to http://www.scruffychops.com/gb/index.php/dead-sea-mineral-dog-shampoo/

scruffy chops prodyct

There are three scents and a conditioner, so naturally I had to try one on each! We started with Ellie. Here she is before:

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Ellie, has quite coarse and curly hair that gets knotty quite a lot. She also HATES baths with all her might and has sharp claws, so much fun!

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Look at that face! We used ‘Rhubarking Mad’ (cute names!) on Ellie, for obvious reasons! It has a lovely smell, I bet you can’t guess what it is, can you?
Because she has such thick hair it can be quite difficult to make sure you have it all covered, and then even harder to make sure you have got it out again. This stuff though, rinsed away really easily, which is really important with the Westie’s. They are prone to skin complaints and while I am lucky enough that my two don’t suffer any; you can never be too careful!

ellie after 1

Here she is all blow-dried. I think the conditioner on top did most of the hard work here, she is a serious fluff ball! Scruffy Chops kindly included some bow ties for us to finish off our looks with. My girls obviously had to find alternative ways to wear them.

ellie after 2

Myfie was supposed to be next in line, but…err… we couldn’t catch him…

So Millie took his place, she’s not scared of the bathroom at all and was quite happy to walk straight in! So used to being fussed with, this girl!

Millie before

Now, Millie’s coat, being a Shih Tzu is hair rather than fur. This meant that it was so much easier to get a nice lather up and ensure she was all covered.

Soggy Millie 1

We used ‘Best in Show’ on Millie, because she is a pretty glam pup. She most definitely sees herself up there with the show dogs. This shampoo had a lovely citrus infused, zesty scent which suits Millie down to the ground.

Millie after 3

The conditioner felt really lovely on Millie too! And it was Millie that we most wanted the conditioner for so I was really pleased. It’s made with Shea Butter so has a lovely smell all of its own. Though I will admit it seemed a shame to mask the lovely scent of the shampoos. Anyway, I was pleased with the ultra-fluffy results.

Millie after 2

Last but not least, we finally got Myfie into the bathroom… yes we had to carry him!

Myfie before

He almost ‘almost’ looks pleased about it doesn’t he? I think he had enjoyed having us chasing around after him too much!
Now, as you can see, Myfie is ALWAYS the dirtiest of the three. We have no idea how he manages to look brown and yellow, rather than white most of the time! So any shampoo that we use on Myfie has its work cut out indeed.

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Myfie would only let me get pictures at towel-off time. He HATES baths too, but absolutely loves being towel dried. So much so that you can’t really do any washing up, or anything that involves using a towel around him; because he WILL try and get his head under the thing.
We used ‘Sugar Doggy’ on Myfie, because it seemed the most masculine. Even though it smells of caramel, so was sweet, it still seemed suitable for a boy… and hey, the packaging is brown. Definitely for boy dogs.
Despite being the dirtiest, Myfie’s coat is much smoother than Ellie’s. He isn’t coarse at all and doesn’t really curl so he is much easier to cover in suds. When Myfie is wet, he always looks really yellow. You kind of wish you hadn’t started as he looked cleaner before you did.

Myfie after 1

But as you can see, he dries off really well. In fact, the yellow tints you can see here are from the artificial light I took the photos in. Listen, bathing three reluctant pups takes time!

Myfie after 2

Such a handsome boy in his bow tie!

Overall, we were really pleased with the shampoos and conditioner. All dogs were definitely clean and the conditioner seemed to make them really fluffy. The products smelled lovely, all of them. In fact the pups spent the next few days sniffing each others backs, so I think they were pleased. If I had any criticisms it would be that the aroma didn’t last as long as I would have hoped, but I do wonder if we didn’t end up diluting the individual scents by conditioning them after.  No matter, the softness was worth it. Particularly with Millie, as you can imagine, her daily grooming routine takes some time. The time was considerably reduced though because of how sleek the products left her, well worth it!

It held up too, shortly after these pictures were taken the pups went outside to do their ‘business’ and, as some of you know, the weather here has been kind of blustery! Hence, the gate had blown open. All three pups happily trotted themselves off down the swamp of a garden for a little roll about. When we discovered them, they were NOT in my good books and it looked like all my hard work had been for nothing. However, once they had all dried off, I am pleased to report they brushed up perfectly again.

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