Believe it or not Bruce, our puppy, is two months shy of his first birthday!
We have settled in so well as a family with two dogs. It is amazing to see the similarities as well as differences between our boys. Max is Bruce’s great great uncle and they are both sweet, calm and gentle. Clearly it runs in the family. Everything I taught Max when he was a puppy he has passed on to Bruce. Honestly, we never spend time training Bruce because he just follows his lead. What a ham he is too! Bruce is cheeky but so was Max at that age. Funny kind of cheeky and so delightfully awkward too. Makes us laugh all the time.
Now there is one huge difference between the boys though. Food! It is on Bruce’s mind all the time. If I was to draw a speech bubble over his head it would have a treat in it for sure. Max has never been one to perk up for treats or sniff the counters to see what’s for dinner. But Bruce! I have caught him eating pineapple slices of Julian’s snack plate. He could eat all day every day.
I get asked a lot about what our dogs eat, where they sleep, how much grooming they take and how we trained them to be so obedient. Giving advice for me has always been hard because I am shy and feel like I am coming across as know-it-all. Everything that we do has worked for us. There is no right or wrong way to pet ownership much like parenthood. There are things that are widely considered sensible and there are gray areas that it would be foolish to say that people should be ashamed for choosing the shade off. One of many things that worked for us is that we only feed our dogs daily meals and occasional treats that are served as deserts after a meal. I have never given either of them a treat as a reward for their behavior. My dogs work for love and love alone. That is not to say I wouldn’t accept payment in chocolate for my services!
Because we never really give them treats we seem to buy the same ‘desserts’ for them at the local country store all the time. That is why I was so excited to get our first PetBox earlier this month! Max and Bruce were finally going to try some new treats and be rewarded for all the picture posing they do every day.
The box itself is fab.
( I have since reused it and it holds all the grooming items on the shelf in the garage ).
Love the detailing once you open the package. Very fancy!
And now onto the goodies:
There was a selection of treats and a packet of vitamins. I have never seen any of them. Looking at ingredients they are all natural which was such a pleasant surprise. Clearly PetBox scouts the market for healthy food options for pets. As I mentioned Bruce loves his food but Max is very picky so I made him chief food tester. He loved all but the doggie vitamins which as you may suspect Bruce ate with joy. That is huge because believe it or not Max spits out all the treats from the pet stores. So treats = two thumbs up.
There was a cute duck toy that boys have been playing tug of war with for days. I must say this is the first chew toy my Newfoundlands are yet to destroy. Stuffed toys and balls usually last maximum of 7.3 minutes around here. But the duck is still in one piece! Toy = two thumbs up.
In the box was also a lavender anti itch spray that smells lovely. I am yet to use it. Probably on myself during mosquito season 😉
So this is my honest review of the PetBox: I like it. A LOT! I think the fact that it is empty says my dogs like it too. And if you are like me and hate shopping in the stores you might find this monthly service a great way to spoil your pet. I like that each item featured in the box came with a coupon and suggestion where you can buy more of the product in the future. The best bit to me was that PetBox supports pet shelters by feeding a rescued animal with each box they ship. Win win. I love when someone else does all the hard work for me so I can spend my time doing what I want.
For all you eager to give PetBox a go make sure you use “NORTHWESTMOMMY” at the checkout for a 20% OFF your first order.
Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. We were kindly sent a box of goodies from PetBox in exchange for an honest review of the product. I tried my best to speak for my dogs based on the fact they ate everything with what seemed like great pleasure. I did not taste any of the products myself. Although cranberry smooches looked mighty fine.