Houndspace curated by Hygge & Hound
September saw the delivery of the first ever Hygge & Hound subscription box. I first spotted Hygge & Hound on Instagram (do you notice a trend here?) what caught my eye was their lovely feed which felt cosy, warm and comforting. However, it was their comments on each post that really resonated with me, encouraging us all to embrace a more mindful lifestyle with our dogs.
Embracing My Inner Dog
Back in November 2014, I wrote a blog post “Embracing My Inner Dog”. I had been off work for a year with ME/CFS and was slowly learning about allowing my body to rest properly. One day whilst watching Barney, I thought, I should be more like him; sleep when I need to, be more playful and enjoy the moment, instead of thinking of the never-ending to do list.
When I look back now, I didn’t realise, quite how unwell I was. I was still pushing my body, I was still fighting my body, I suffered with awful ME/CFS symptoms but tried to continue on as normal. It’s only now, 3 years on, that I have truly learnt to listen to my body, to rest when I start to feel tired, not to push myself, focus on one task at a time, to ask for help and learn that things can wait. This year, I am starting to feel that I am on the road to recovery, but I still need to be careful on where/when/how I spend my energy.
So, our dogs are not just our companions but they can teach us to slow down and “find joy in the simple things in life”.
Hygge was the word and concept of last year. You couldn’t open a magazine, walk past a shop or scroll through Facebook without seeing this Danish word and, because there is no one English word to describe Hygge, it now seems to be integrated into our daily language.
Everyone understands the concept of Hygge now: happiness, cosiness, being in the moment, enjoying that moment, pleasure from the simple things, friends, log fires, a warming cup of tea, crisp autumn mornings, countryside walks with our dogs, sunny beach days and snow angels.
“A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).”
Many of us yearn for hygge, long for a simpler way of life, for some peace in the madness of daily life, for some ‘me’ time and for a good night’s sleep.
Hygge & Hound hopes to help with their subscription box.
What’s In The Box?
The first box, which we received in September, (next box will be delivered in November) had a decidedly autumnal look and feel to it.
For Your Hound
- A bright, stripy and cheerful, material, bone toy with a sweet fragrance of aniseed by The Natural Pet Toy Company. This was a great hit with our two terriers, Sandy, particularly was taken by the smell of it. I loved the look of this toy, the fabric was modern and appealing but sadly, having two terriers (who like to chew) meant that the toy very quickly got a hole in it and stuffing was everywhere! I’ll have to get my needle and thread out to do a repair job (which happens a lot in our house! 🙂 ).
- Natural, nutritious and delicious treats made from sweet potato, pumpkin seeds, coconut flour and parsley by Pont & Pearce, a small artisan maker of dog treats with no wheat flour, no oats, no dairy, no eggs, no added chemicals, preservatives and additives. The dogs loved these treats and I loved them because they are healthy and all natural.
- Hunt & Wilson Nutrihealth 80% Fish Dog Treats. Again these treats are completely natural, hypoallergenic and made without wheat or wheat gluten. With 80% of the ingredients made up of 3 types of steamed fish (salmon, trout and white fish), the three other ingredients are salmon stock, potato and sweet potato. The dogs really loved these treats, they were small in size, perfect for taking out on walks or for training sessions.
A delicious vanilla hand baked biscuit, stamped with ‘hygge’ from Honeywell Bakes, because humans deserve treats too!
I enjoyed this with a cup of Hoogly Tea ‘Baked Apple Chia Tea Blend. I drink a lot of herbal teas (because I don’t have dairy in my diet), my favourites are ginger tea and Earl Grey tea. We got a little box of 5 teabags and they were all used very quickly. I really liked this cup of warming, comforting tea which invoked autumnal winter walks through crisp, crunchy leaves!
A vanilla scented candle and two cards printed with a lovely dog inspired quote on one side. On the other side, a mindful breathing exercise and a little nature diy snuffle toy for you to create and enjoy with your dog. I loved the quotes and will definitely be displaying them in my study, to remind me to leave my computer every now and then!
Joining the ‘Houndspace’
There are a lot of pet subscription boxes on the market to choose from, all with different concepts and price levels.
We purchased the ‘One Time Purchase Option’ at £30 including postage from Hygge & Hound. You can subscribe for 6 boxes (delivered September, November, January, March, May and July) at £30 a box.
Or you can gift a box to someone else, with a six month option (3 boxes) at £82 inc postage, or a 12 month option (6 boxes) at £172 inc postage (so better to ask someone to purchase it for you!).
Hygge & Hound are definitely appealing, I feel, to the consumer who appreciates high-end, good quality, artisan products and wants the best for their dog and themselves. The price does reflect this, as it is at the higher end of dog subscription boxes, that I have seen.
We all enjoyed the treats inside, however at £30, I feel this box was slightly over-priced for what was actually in the September box and what I understand a subscription box to be;
A subscription box is a recurring, physical delivery of niche-oriented products packaged as an experience and designed to offer additional value on top of the actual retail products contained in a box.
I was disappointed that one of the dogs’ treats had been changed (with no explanation why), from Neoh & Nobo to Hunt & Wilson, but the dogs didn’t mind, they really enjoyed the Hunt & Wilson treats.
I felt the box was missing a ‘What’s Inside This Box‘ note, with information on each item and the company it was sourced from. There were no dietary/ingredients listed on the human biscuit treat (many people have allergies or dietary intolerances), this is something that is important to include, I believe.
The Future Boxes
I do hope this brand goes from strength to strength. I really love the concept of the box, one I have not seen before, including your dog and you. It is lovely to receive a box full of surprises and to try new products from companies that, most likely, you would not have heard of before. Yes, it is a treat, for your mind, body and soul, sharing with your precious pooch, I can’t think of anything better to do.
Hygge & Hound says;
“We invite you to grab your hound, come along and join us, slow with us and grow with us…We’d love nothing more than to welcome you and support your pursuit of hygge and Houndspace.
Hygge & Hound gives you the reason you need to slow down, be present and take joy from life’s simple pleasures; our four-legged friends being the simplest and most humble of them all.”