Pawalla Subscription Box Review

Posted on Aug 24 2013 - 12:56am by Susan Bewley

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: I want to let everyone know that Pawalla is no longer taking new subscribers and are closing. They are recommending that their current subscribers check out the Barkbox or Petflow Box. I have personally not tried the Barkbox but I can vouch for the Petflow Box. If you would like to read about the Petflow box, feel free to check out my Petflow Spoiled Rotten Box Review. I still recommend all the products listed in this review, but realize you will need to check them out on Amazon or at the retailers website.

Contrary to what many people believe, finding healthy treats and safe toys for your pets isn’t easy. I never realized how hard it was until we brought Reya home. Like most new fur owners, we happily went to Petsmart, looking for fun items for our pup. I was surprised to see just how many ‘natural’ foods had fillers and how some of the popular toys were just outright dangerous. While I had found some great places online to shop, I was still overwhelmed with all the brands that were available, especially when it came to natural dog food. As I was browsing through Google, I came across Pawalla – a subscription box made just for pet owners. Wanting to know more, I reached out to them, and was ecstatic when they sent Reya a free box for me to review. As you can guess, everyone in the house was pretty excited to get started reviewing this box!

Pawalla: What is It

Wondering what makes Pawalla different form every other pet subscription box? The big difference is that this box is actually put together by a licensed pet nutritionist, Dr. Susan Lauten. Every item she puts in this box are premium and boutique manufacturers who make organic, all natural products that are made right here in the United States. Unlike other boxes, these boxes are also customized for your dog or cats size and life-stage, making them perfect for dog owners. While my own box wasn’t personalized (they sent it before they knew Reya’s size), this is one feature that I found very different and exciting as a pet owner about this service.

Pawalla

Pawalla: By Nature Food

To be quite honest, this was one of my first experiences with wet dog food for Reya. Since we were traveling when I tested out this box, it seemed like a great time to test ouf the two cans of food that came in this box. One was Duck, Green Beans, and Wild Rice Stew, and the other Salmon with Lentils in Yogurt and Lemon Grass Sauce. When I opened the can, I was expecting something closer to cheap wet cat food. I was amazed to see that it looked like a canned stew for humans! There were huge chunks of meat, veggies, and rice, making it the perfect treat for our puppy. To say the least, Reya cleaned the bowl since she was pretty certain she WAS getting human food!

By Nature

Pawalla: YumZies Natural Hickory Bacon Treats

This is another treat that went over fairly well with Reya. These tiny treats are the perfect size for traveling or in the car since they don’t easily crumble. With six different fatty acids, these treats are designed to make your pup’s coat look even healthier, and contain only natural ingredients, flavors, and preservatives. So far, these have been our preferred treat for walking or quick training on the go!

YumZies

Pawalla: Wigzi Bone

This was the one treat I wasn’t intending reviewing for Reya. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the Wigzi Bone, it was that it wasn’t sized for a large dog. Well, don’t tell my dog that, she loves this thing and we had to eventually give it to my mom for her Yorkie. This toy is made from 100% recycled materials and is durable enough for rough housing. I am just still amused seeing my large dog trying to play with this little toy!

Wigzi Bone

Pawalla: Honey Kitchen Ice Pups

Do you have one quick, simple treat that gets your dog running? For us, its ice. Reya LOVES ice and will come running if she hears our icemaker. When I saw the Honest Kitchen Ice Pups, I knew this treat would be perfect for our dog. These ice cube treats are flavored just for dogs tastes buds and a great, nutritious way to encourage them to drink more water.

Pawalla: Locomotion Pet Treats Honey Apple

Let’s face it, dogs LOVE table food. Why not give them something that is homemade, using ingredients we love, but is made special for them? The Locomotion Pet Treats are made using most things we would use to make cookies, but without some of the ingredients that can be toxic for dogs. Each of these cookies contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidant, and Omega-3, allowing your dog to have a healthy treat that tastes good. My Reya seems to like these treats fairly well. As a matter of fact, Reya has tried stealing the box from tables more than once so she can have the whole box for herself!

Locomotion

Pawalla: Doggie Walk Bags

Am I a dork, since I was excited about this item? As a dog household, we are constantly investing in ‘poopy bags’. While you can buy the cheapest thing on the market, you always have to ask yourself if this is the best choice when you have a big dog. With the size of Reya’s poop, I don’t want that bag failing on me, especially when we are going on two mile walks! These bags come in a nice, convenient bag that can attach to a leash or pocket. What makes them impressive however is the texture of the bag and the easy to carry handles. I personally liked the texture because it make picking up messes outside much easier.

Doggie Bags

Pawalla: The Flying Basset Breath Spray

Lets me honest, how could you not like a product that makes your dogs breath smell like mint? While Reya wasn’t a huge fan of it, it very quickly got rid of doggy breath, making her more cuddly for everyone in my family. While it is a bit of a chore to use, it is well worth it on those off days when her breath is just a bit overwhelming!

Breath Spray

Pawalla: Overall

What did I think of the Pawalla box? Personally, I couldn’t find anything wrong with a single item in this box. Everything was very well picked and suited to dogs with allergies, or who love eating things similar to their humans’ food. Based on my own experience with the Pawalla subscription box, I can happily give it an A rating.

Pawalla: Where to Purchase

The Pawalla box has unfortunatly been discontinued 🙁

Reya Pawalla

Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive compensation for this review but did receive free product for review purposes via Pawalla. All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers’ opinions.

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About 

Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

22 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. md kennedy August 24, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I am going to look into this as a gift for my Dad who adores his dog – he would be so surprised!

    • Susan Bewley August 24, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

      It really would be a great gift 🙂

  2. Lee August 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    You know how dogs know when something is for them and start jumping around like maniacs. Think about how cute it'll be once a month for this box to arrive and them to just "know" it is for them. Yep, great purchase!

    Lee

    • Susan Bewley August 26, 2013 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Its so funny you say that. Whenever I get something for Reya, she seems to KNOW it. She is bouncing around the kitchen trying to get ‘her box’.

  3. Katrina A. August 26, 2013 at 12:22 am - Reply

    I've heard of these but nevver got a chance to read a review before. I really like that a pet nutritionist puts these together. It's also super awesome that you can get it for your pets size as apposed to just picking a cat box or a dog box.

  4. crystal smith August 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    My BFF is the hardest girl on the planet to shop for- but I think you have solved my problem of her upcoming birthday! She has a border collie which she adores and treats as her only child- including making smart choices regarding his health. I think they both would love this! Love how you get to try out products you may never have heard of before- I know that her pooch loves ice cubes too but I dont think she's ever heard of special made ice cube treats for dogs ( I know I haven't lol) think this would expose you to lots of great options 🙂

  5. Susan Smith August 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I have 4 dogs so this would be great  to receive or to give as a gift.

  6. Adriana G August 27, 2013 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    I might get a subscription i bet my dog will love it thanks 

  7. Kate F. August 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I think this would be great for my dogs. Thanks for the review!

  8. Samantha Cuhel August 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    We loved the Pawalla deluxe boxes at our house! We received a mini box for this month and it was pretty disappointing though. Unfortunately, Pawalla has shut down now. Last week I believe, actually, I received an email explaining that they are closing down and are recommending BarkBox or the PetFlow boxes instead.

    • Susan Bewley August 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      I wish they would have told bloggers about this! Its so very sad since it really was a quality box! Having tried a lot of the boxes, I can say the Petflow (Spoiled Rotten Box) is a great buy too. You check out my review of it here.

  9. Erica Ardali September 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    I'm a little sad that they aren't accepting new subscribers. I love the variety of these boxes. 

    • Susan Bewley September 5, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

      I know, I was pretty bummed myself. Reya LOVED this box and it was so amazing.
       

  10. Ashley Jacoby September 5, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Love this im always looking fo rmore natural things for my pets. Plus they deserve to be spoiled too right.

  11. lisa September 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    This would make a nice gift for pet owners. Especially for older people living alone, or anyone on a budget.

  12. heather September 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Id love to get this for my mom she loves to spoil her dogs and she would love that this is natural

  13. Ashley Hanna September 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    This would be a great gift and the food looks so healthy

  14. Cynthia Sizemore September 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I love that there are subscription services for your pets.that makes it alot better for finding new great products.

  15. Heather B September 17, 2013 at 7:05 am - Reply

    This is awesome. I am always looking for new treats and healthy food for my dogs. 

  16. Sherry Compton September 22, 2013 at 8:09 am - Reply

    It's great that this is all picked by a nutritionist.  We love to pamper our dog but are choosy about toys and food.  Healthy treats make for healthy, happy dogs and owners.  The flavored ice is a great idea.  My sons go loves the ice maker, and his would be a fun bonus for them.

  17. Mark October 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Pawalla has closed, but PoochPax.com is wonderful! They have monthly dog boxes filled with yummy treats and fun toys. The items they select are very high quality, including all-natural, US made treats. They also have a pet charity that they support!

  18. rebeccabasset October 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    So sad that they closed down, I was looking forward to getting a Box for my Basset Hound. And the Can Food looks wonderful I will see if they offer it on Amazon.

     

    Thanks for the Post and the Pictures!

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