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Monkey the Saint Bernard Tries Out a Subscription PawPack Box

This isn't your typical subscription service: With PawPak, the products are always either organic, all-natural, or eco-friendly.

Daisy Barringer  |  Jan 15th 2015


One thing I’ve noticed since getting a dog is that I no longer get excited when a package arrives. That’s because, inevitably, the package contains something for Monkey, and I am a selfish, selfish girl.

Although maybe not that selfish, since I do get pretty happy when a package arrives and Monkey sniffs sniffs sniffs and then looks at me like, “Open it! Open it! Open it!” Because he knows it’s for him. Which is pretty much exactly what happens any time we get a new subscription box to try out, PawPack being no exception.

No really. He's excited. I swear.

No really. He’s excited. I swear.

PawPack is much like the other doggie subscription boxes you’ve heard about: Every month, you get a box full of surprise products for your dog (or cat). The notable difference is that with PawPak, the products are always either organic, all-natural, or eco-friendly. Call me a hippy (or just, you know, a San Franciscan), but that aspect of it really appeals to me. Monkey can’t tell the difference, but what are you gonna do? He is a dog, after all.

The other thing I love about PawPack is that 10 percent of its proceeds go directly to the care of rescue animals. The company also donates PawPacks to rescues as a “welcome home” gift for new adoptions. Pretty great.

Of course, what I was really curious about was if Monkey would like the stuff in his first-ever PawPack.

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Monkey’s PawPack arrived over the holidays and was brimming with goodies.

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Obviously, Monkey wanted to get right to the good stuff: the Clear Conscience Pet Beef Trachey Chewz and Lamb Airy Bites. The good news is that these were both an appropriate size for my giant beast, and I am always on the hunt for new treats. Monkey’s kind of a weirdo in that he isn’t super food motivated, but he loved both of these. (I will say, though, that my friend’s dog was not as into them.)

Even better, Clear Conscience Pet uses unadulterated and minimally processed whole-food ingredients, and all of its treats are all natural. Monkey gets Jif peanut butter in his Kong once in a while, so it feels good to give him treats that he likes and are good for him as well.

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This Gingerbread Man Kyjen Bottle Buddy was the hit of the box — for Monkey anyway. It’s a stuffie with an empty recycled plastic bottle inside that creates an addictive crackling and crunching sound, and it has a cap that squeaks. Let’s just say I now understand why some parents don’t give their children toys that make noise.

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Still, I can’t deny that Monkey was pretty fascinated by his new friend and the amazing noises he made.

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So he did what he always does when he finds a new toy he loves: He took a nap with it.

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This Wag More Bark Less hollow bone was another huge hit. Monkey doesn’t always chew, but when he does, I prefer it to be on a toy like this versus, oh, let’s say my armchair. (RIP, my armchair.) This chew bone is made of all-natural rubber, is biodegradable and non-toxic, and (so far) seems pretty indestructible. It will definitely be in heavy rotation.

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Also inside the box were Stewart Freeze Dried Chicken Liver Treats, an all-natural chew that Monkey devoured in three minutes flat, some training tools, and a tin of Snout Soother from Natural Dog Company, which actually did wonders for Monkey’s dry nose. I’d been dying for a product like this but had just been too lazy to find one, so it was a very welcome surprise. I just had to use a lot of it because Monkey’s nose is, well, huge. You should hear the snores that come out of it. Actually, never mind — be glad you can’t.

So is PawPack worth it? That depends. Like any subscription box, it’s a bit of a gamble that your pup may not love everything inside of it. I personally don’t mind that, though, because I am always happy to give Monkey’s rejects to friends.

PawPack has two subscription options:

  • The Premium Pack is $28 per month and comes with four to five full-size items, plus samples.
  • The Deluxe Pack is $43 per month and comes with six to seven full-size items, plus samples.

Both options get less expensive if you commit to six months or a year instead of doing it month-to-month. Personally, I feel like the Deluxe Pack is too much for Monkey (he already has too much clutter!), but it could be a good option if you have more than one dog.

Dogster scorecard for PawPack

  • Quality: I was extremely pleased with the high quality of every single item in the box and that everything was all-natural, organic, or eco-friendly.
  • Style: Both toys were super cute, which is a plus considering I will have to look at and step over them on my floor.
  • Function: Monkey put everything in the box to good use. No complaints here.
  • Creativity: The variety was perfect. A stuffie that squeaks, a toy he can chew on, a nose balm for grooming, and lots of treats to eat.
  • Value: It’s well worth the $28.

Bottom line

PawPack is a monthly box of fun treats and toys that are good for your dog and easy on the environment. You can’t beat that.

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About the author: Daisy Barringer grew up in San Francisco and didn’t let the fact that she’s a city girl keep her from getting her dream dog: a Saint Bernard. She and Monkey love to romp in the snow in Tahoe, visit dog-friendly bars, watch 49ers football, and drool. Yup, both of ’em.