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PupJoy. A Pet Subscription Box Customized For My Dogs


PupJoy is a new subscription pet box that just launch in January and I was contacted by them last month to see if I would be interested in reviewing their box.

I  know what you guys are thinking.

Not another pet subscription box review.

I hear ‘ya.

I’m not huge into reviewing pet subscriptions boxes because there are so many of them out there right now but after checking this one out I was intrigued and I think you will be too because it’s unique.

Here’s the low down on the PupJoy Subscription Box.

What PupJoy Is:

PupJoy is a customized pet subscription box proudly built in Chicago. They understand that every dog is unique and that we don’t live in a one size fits all world. All their subscription boxes come with clear-labeled healthy dog treats, unique well-crafted dog toys and artisan accessories that are sourced from small suppliers who are focused on creating quality, responsible products.

How PupJoy Customizes:


They give you options!

First  you chose your box size: PupJoy Mini is great for only-child pups and contains 2-4 items. PupJoy Box is great for 1-2 dogs and contains 4-6 items

Next you choose your box type: Treats, toys and accessories. Toys and accessories only. Treats only.

Then you choose your payment plan: Month to month $39. 3 months  $36 x 3 = $108.  6 months $33 x 6 = $198. 12 months $30 x 12 = $360 ( based on PupJoy Box 4-6 items)

Your dog’s treat preference: Gourmet-curated selection of the best artisan treats. Grain free gourmet-selections specific for dogs with grain allergies

Preferred collar size: 5″-30″! Nice range of sizes! Big enough for Leroy!

Your dog’s toy needs: Egalitarian -Good with all toys. Low maintenance- You’re welcome dear human. Inquisitive – So curious that I pull apart all of the soft ones to find what is inside. Especially those squeaky things. Sensitive – Just soft and plushy for me. I snuggle them, not destroy them. How barbaric!

Then you tell them a little about your dog. Name and birthday. Male or Female. Size-from Tea Cup (I fit into purses.Cool huh?) 10 lbs. or less to Huuuge (I prefer gentle giant. Thanks.) 100-200 lbs and everything in between.

So here’s what arrived in our PupJoy Box this month after I customized it to fit Sherman and Leroy’s needs:  Treats, toys and accessories picked for a Huuuge Egalitarian who has no allergies to grains but one dog with a sensitive tummy:


Treats: For treats we were sent a package of Cranberry Oatmeal Treats from Kim’s Bakery $7.99). Made in the US with limited ingredients that included Rolled Oats, Cranberries, Flour, Eggs, Oil , Honey, Cinnamon and Natural Vitamin E.  Kim’s Bakery was started by a  former professional dog groomer who began baking dog treats for her customers. You can get these treats in a variety of flavors including cantaloupe, applesauce, blueberry, banana and strawberry.  Next we have Myles Peanut Butter and Blueberry Whole Antioxidant treats from Sweet Pea Kitchens ( $8). All ingredients are locally sourced in the US and are Wheat Free, Gluten Free, and Organic and baked by hand in small batches. Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Flour, Gluten Free Organic Oat Flour, Peanut Butter, Blueberries, Organic Maple Syrup, Egg, Vitamin C and Flax Seed. A portion of their profits go to providing educational opportunities for aspiring veterinarians. Cool!


Leroy was a HUGE fan of the Cranberry Oatmeal Treats and helped himself. It was probably the best edible decision Leroy has made in his entire life. I felt that these treats would be fine for him in moderation but I would feel better if I knew what type of oil was used. Vegetable oil, olive oil, canola oil? I need to know where the fat is coming from to make good decisions for Leroy.  Sherman’s a peanut butter fan so it was no surprise that the Myles Peanut Butter Treats were his favorite and they smell sooooo good .I’ve never heard of either of these products and I’m very intrigued and impressed with their quality.


Collar and Leash from Bait Free ($34.99). This is super cool. Bait Free offers high quality collars, leashes and apparel to support its mission in spreading awareness of the use of bait dogs and other survivors of dog fighting. Over 20% of proceeds are donated to rescued bait dogs to aide in their recovery and rehabilitation. How awesome is that? What a great cause and product. The collar and leash are of great quality and come in size HUGE . I was surprised that the collar actually fit Leroy and there was room to adjust it. I’m really happy I was introduced to this company through PupJoy so I can spread the word about them. In fact you should go like their Facebook page right now if you have time.


Toy. Jolly Pets Tug-a-Mal Turtle ($6.99). This toy is made by Jolly Pets and not only can it be used for tugging but it also squeaks and is easy to grip for tugging between you and your dog.  It’s made for soft tuggers and the one we were sent was a small version of the toy but it looks like it comes in a variety of sizes. Leroy really doesn’t have a size preference when it comes to toys so it worked out well for him. Jolly Pets is located right in our home state so it was nice to see a local product make it into this box.

The products in our boxed total about $57.97 by my calculations so that’s a pretty good deal. I was introduced to some pretty cool companies that I was not familiar with before this review and everything was of high quality. The box design is pretty nifty because it it has a handle on it so you can easily carry it around!  I would be very interested to see how the box differs month to month and if the quality stays the same so if you guys decide to order make sure you use #pupjoy on Instagram so I can see what you got!

A few more facts about  PupJoy that I liked:

  • The Founder and CEO of PupJoy, Dustin McAdams, sister was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago which is why PupJoy supports dog loving patients of young adult breast cancer. For every PupJoy subscription, they donate $2 to fund their PupJoy Care Boxes, subscription boxes that are delivered free of charge to dog parents who are undergoing treatments for adolescent & young adult (AYA) breast cancer, and as a result are severely limited in their means to care for the nurturing dogs who are by their side.  Also PupJoy partners with select, inspirational organizations to help give them a “High $5” for all that they do by donating $5 per subscription on orders from customers who use their coupon code.
  • Founder Dustin McAdams is from a family with a long history of being owned by Newfoundlands. His parents still breed and show Newfoundlands.
  • Dustin’s sister had a Newf for 12 years. He was a big part of her support in going through cancer treatment and part of the inspiration for the Care Box program.
  • Free shipping! Currently ships via USPS to the lower 48 in the United States.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! PupJoy guarantees that if item in your dog’s box doesn’t meet your satisfaction, they will take care of you.

Need a little more?

Use code JOY4FRIENDS to get 10% off any subscription for a limited time.

I can’t say enough about this company and their mission and I hope for a successful future for them.

*Edited-Kim from Kim’s Bakery provided clarification that she uses 100% pure gluten free canola oil and all fresh fruits in her products! Thanks for clarifying Kim! That is awesome!

Disclosure-I was sent a free PupJoy subscription box in return for my honest review of their service. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine only.


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Sarah Lusby

Thursday 9th of April 2015

What a great idea! I wonder if they ship to Australia? Sherman looks like he's loving it!

Dustin McAdams

Friday 10th of April 2015

Hi Sarah -

Unfortunately, as much as we would love to, the cost of shipping to Australia would would inhibit us from providing customers a value. And we are really big on doing that:) Thank you so much for the kind words though.

Cheers, Dustin@PupJoy

2 Brown Dawgs

Friday 27th of March 2015

Sounds like a good box with a variety of items.


Thursday 26th of March 2015

Thank you for sharing Jen...Unfortunately they do not ship to Canada...Hopefully they will eventually...


Thursday 26th of March 2015

I hope they will too Anna!

Jan K

Thursday 26th of March 2015

We've only done one subscription box that I wasn't overly impressed with so I let it run out. I've been thinking about trying another, but as you said there are so many out there, I just haven't made up my mind. I love that this one is customizable and that the company does good things as well. It's high on my list now!


Friday 27th of March 2015

I hear you Jan. I had one also and I wasn't overly impressed but I certainly was with this one! Let me know if you decide to give it a try!

Dustin McAdams

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Hi Jan. We would love to have you try us out, and we have the added benefit of being risk free. If for whatever reason you need to, you can cancel at any time (though we really hope you never want to:)

- Dustin @ PupJoy

Cathy Armato

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

Excellent, thorough review. I like that you can customize your box and that the owners are socially conscious; my sister survived breast cancer over 20 years ago so I love that they created a fund to support dog parents who are going through a cancer ordeal.


Wednesday 25th of March 2015

I'm sorry to hear about your sister Cathy but so glad that she is a survivor! I love PupJoy's support for this cause!

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