Let me start by saying that my first choice is always to buy food, treats and other stuff for Chester and Gretel from local, independent pet stores. I believe in putting my money back into the local economy and supporting the small guy.
That being said, between working a full time job, spending 20 hours a week on this blog, enjoying amazing outdoor adventures and still maintaining a life with friends and family, this girl gets short on time. Also, when I do have down time, sometimes I don’t want to spend it running around getting stuff for the dogs. I would rather hang out on the couch at home.
In times like those, I want to take some things off my to-do list. Getting dog food is one of those things for me.
We got approached by Mr. Chewy to try their on-line ordering system in exchange for a $50 credit. To tell you the truth, I pretty much forgot about it. That is until the holidays when I was desperate to squeeze everything in. I remembered when I saw a Mr Chewy ad and dug the offer back out of my inbox.
I was pleasantly surprised to see they carried our brand, Avoderm. They also stock other high-quality brands like Stella and Chewys, Orijen, Blue Buffalo, Honest Kitchen and Taste of the Wild. They carry over 70 brands so they probably have yours.
They also carry our favorite go-to treat, Zuke’s Power Bones, and Frontline Flea and Tick treatment. Their website says that prescription pet food is available too. You won’t be able to order any toys or other pet supplies here though because they don’t carry any.
I am environmentally conscious and try to conserve where I can so I was a bit disappointed that they shipped our order in a box that was about twice as big as it should be. At least the packing and cardboard box can be recycled.
Their mission is to “ deliver pet happiness by conveniently shipping 70+ brands of pet food and stuff (for free!) while ensuring at-risk animals’ lives are improved across the planet: Their website says, “Unlike the big, corporate, profit-driven pet retailers, MrChewy.com is driven by pet happiness not the bottom line.”
To tell you the truth, I feel like every company is claiming to help animals these days. My feeling is that it has become like Greenwashing so I am a bit skeptical.
Their FAQ page says this though:
“Q: Do you work with shelters and other pet-related organizations?
A: Yes, of course! We have programs for non-profit organization and shelters that help support animal welfare. Give us a call if you’d like to discuss how we could help your organization.”
The fact that they are willing to be so open about what they are doing makes them way more believable for me. Even though I ordered online, I still feel that I am doing something good with my dollars.
Their order process was simple and I like that they offer free shipping on any order over $49 within the continental US (and $4.95 Flat Rate Shipping for orders less than $49). It doesn’t take much to get there. If you buy a bag of dog food you can add on a bag or two of treats if you need to raise your total.
You can also feel safe trying a new brand of pet food or new treats. Mr. Chewy’s return policy is if you’re not 100% totally, completely, and unconditionally satisfied for any reason whatsoever, return it! They even pay for the return shipping.
Mr Chewy makes a great alternative for those times when you need dog food but don’t have time to get to the store.