Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mr. Chewy Review & Donation Opportunity

(image provided by
mrchewy.com)
although i have seen the MrChewy.com reviews floating around in the doggie blogosphere, i couldn't resist the opportunity to review the site myself. $50 worth of products for an honest review? and the ability to offer my readers 10% off their first order & a $10 donation to Bideawee (more on that later)? yes, please!

we decided to take this chance to grab some food and treats we hadn't tried yet (this is not a review of the edibles, but i can tell you that desmond is very happy we brought sweet potato chews into his home).

Mr. Chewy, for those of you who don't know, is an online store where you can buy cat and dog food & treats, plus flea & tick products, litter, and wee-wee pads. they claim their prices are lower than what you'll find in stores, and i have to say i agree in regards to the dog food and the treats. another benefit you'll find here is a subscription-delivery service and free shipping on any order over $49 (and if you're buying a 30-pound bag of dog food, you're pretty much all set there). 

(image courtesy of mrchewy.com)

the service certainly did live up to the expectations i had from reading other reviews (and the Mr. Chewy website) in regards to speed of delivery. i ordered on 1/19 and got the bag of food on the 20th, followed by the treats on the 21st. that is exactly the 1-2 day delivery they promised. 

(super cute image courtesy of mrchewy.com)


here's a look at the packaging and my thoughts on that:

this is the food box. i took two photos in hopes you'd get a good idea of its size...

because although the bag of food obviously fit inside of it and the box was large and heavy, i'm not sure if it was big enough. (confession: yes, those are still christmas cards hanging up. we forgot all about them and have since been prioritizing other tasks. my goal is to get them down before super bowl.)

please don't call me a tree killer or anything. i really don't hate the earth, and i'm all about decreasing useless packaging in all industries, but the box did get a little beat up in transit and all that was inside it to protect the food's bag was this bit of brown paper. i know mrchewy.com has no control over what happens to the package after it leaves the warehouse, which is why i think they could benefit from a slightly larger box with more packing material to protect the bag of food, just in case. it would suck to get this and find a hole in the food bag or something.

that being said, our food bag was unharmed and desmond was pretty pumped to see the big box was for him.

this is perhaps a bad choice of food for us, seeing as how our vet once suggested--after a discussion about his energy levels and rambunctiousness--we might be feeding desmond too much protein. we shall see if this sends him into full-on zoomies all day and night...in another month or so when it's time to switch him off his current food.

here is the package the treats came in. i was thrilled to find that it came in a plastic bag, as this arrived on the one and only day we had snow here in LI. i'm not sure who is to thank for that plastic bag, Mr. Chewy or the delivery company, but i appreciated it greatly.

sniff sniff sniff... "for moi??"

desmond wouldn't let me have a moment alone with the sweet potato treats, but as you can see, the packaging was the same as it was with the bag of food, only on a smaller scale. no complaints here...

from anyone. but seriously, i felt that this small bag of treats was just a bit better protected in the box than the food was, due to the size left around the treats and the packing material used.
 
now then, if you would like to give Mr. Chewy a try, feel free to use our promotional code: DESM8618

when you use this code, you'll receive 10% off (your first order) and $10 will make its way over to Bideawee. this donation will be made for each person who uses the promo code found here. pretty cool, right?

one final thought (feeling a bit like jerry springer now): i know there are a variety of online stores that sell dog food, have a subscription plan, and will give you free shipping once you get to around $50 of merchandise, but i think what sets Mr. Chewy apart is the fast shipping. hear me out...

joey and i can be a little scatterbrained when we get busy and overwhelmed, and one of the things we find ourselves doing is realizing we need food for desmond, like, now--and then we have to figure out how we're going to find the time to go to the store ASAP to buy it when we're already in the middle of a million other things, which is why we forgot to buy his food in the first place. stressful cycle. ordering online is far less time consuming than going to the store, but the shipping times i've experienced with the pet store is not super fast. i wouldn't be able to order and move on with my life. now that i know Mr. Chewy can get the food to my house within 48 hours (and i saw that they stock a bunch of the foods we've tried and liked), i feel like i have a plan to fall back on should this happen when this happens again, as long as i buy the same food desmond's eating at the time (since i surely wouldn't have enough left to do the switch).

if you'd like to connect with Mr. Chewy online, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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