Wednesday, May 29, 2013

monthly review: May Pawalla Mini!

How Pawalla works: You can get a standard box or a mini box. Standard boxes come 6-10 full sized products that include wet food, treats, supplements or vitamins, essentials and a toy. Standard boxes range from $21-29 a month depending on your subscription plan. Mini boxes come with 3-5 products that include treats, a toy and surprise item(s) but NO wet food. Mini boxes range from $12-17 a month depending on your subscription plan.
We get a mini box simply because we also get BarkBox and because I don't want them to get picky and only eat wet food :) You fill out information about your dog's age, size, and such so that they can tailor it to your needs.

We got a pretty good haul from Pawalla this month. The pups and I were very happy with our items. Ginger had already gone home, but Annabelle and Maximus were still visiting when we opened the box so they got their first experience with the opening of the box.

Annabelle and Maximus couldn't have cared less about seeing the box for the first time. Luna did her usual chewing to see how good it is.

They figured it out VERY quickly once the box was open, though!

The first item I looked at was the Earth Heart Canine Calm Spray. Pawalla says "Aromatherapy isn't just for people anymore. This natural remedy mist can help soothe dogs during stressful times, including thunderstorms, fireworks, or vet visits. We found important calming and stress release essential oils in this spray mist, namely bergamot, tangerine, lavender, geranium, marjoram, and ylang ylang. Bergamot is an important oil that works to relieve anxiety for our furry friends. Tangerine oil is used to relax muscles and organs, while lavender removes body tension. Just a small amount of an essential oil mixture is required to achieve the beneficial effects. Ylang ylang calms breathing and relieves high blood pressure. Made in the USA and packaged in a BPA free recyclable container."

I'm not sure how I feel about this because Ares and Luna are normally pretty calm dogs in the first place. Luna does tend to get very scared during nighttime thunderstorms though so I will probably try it when we get the next one. A 2 fluid ounce bottle costs $13 and can be found here.

The next one we looked at was Lucky Treats Peanut Butter Berry Amazing. Pawalla says "The dog world is lucky to have such wonderful treats being made particularly for them. Peanut butter and Berry Amazing is a good example of the high quality, human ingredients going into dog treats. Colors, preservatives, sugar, salt, gluten, etc. are a few of the undesirable ingredients that are not found in these products. Blueberries and cranberries contain good phytonutrients, and we know that berries contain valuable antioxidants. Flax seed is great for skin and coat. Barley is high-nutrient flour. This product is made in the USA.

This is about the time that Maximus and Annabelle realized that this box has amazing goodies for them. They weren't too sure about the posing for pictures before treats part though. The cutest part about the treats? They're heart shaped!
These treats are roughly $7.30 and can be found here.

The other bag of treats we received is Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Treats: Tummy. Pawalla says "Dynamo is using the idea of "functional" treats for dogs. This means that besides being a treat, a particular function such as digestive health is addressed with the treat. The Dog Tummy formula contains ginger, known to aid in digestion, along with a probiotic and pumpkin fiber. Peppermint, chamomile, and lavender are also added to to aid in the digestion of food and in digestive health. These treats are made in the USA, and contain no gluten, soy, wheat, corn, and no grain. The other ingredients in these treats are those used in hypoallergenic products, so I would expect these to definitely be tummy friendly."

Everyone sat very still for their treats, although it was still impossible to get all 4 dogs in one picture. These were definitely a success with all of the pups. These treats were $7 and can be found here.

And like always, we save the best for last: the toy. This month, we received Charming Pet Products Lily the Lion Mini. Pawalla says "Meet Lily. This bright, all natural latex dog toy will show your canines that balloons are not just for parties anymore. Lily is made of all-natural premium latex and the same soft supple squish that dogs love to chew and squeak!

This toy is absolutely adorable! In case you couldn't tell in the picture, that's Ares' paw and face in the lower right of the picture, and Luna sitting on my chair so I couldn't take pictures. Silly puggies.  These retail for $2.79 and can be found here.

I had to take a picture of Luna stealing the toy while I took pictures. She's so spoiled, I let her keep it after I took that video.

In all, I received roughly $19 in products from this months Pawalla Mini. I'm very pleased with everything.

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