PupJoy LLC is a company with a big heart for many reasons. They help provide business for companies who employ people with autism, they search for treats with healthy ingredients for dogs, and they donate $2 with every purchase to help shelter animals. I loved doing this review of PupJoy, a healthy dog treat company who supports people with autism. I’m giving it a positive review! This post is 100% my own opinion.
Plus, in conjunction with my Children’s Healthcare Series, I would like to share some information about autism with families (information from the NIH) because April is autism awareness month.
This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclaimer.
First off, I don’t have a child with autism so I don’t know what it’s like to have a family member with autism. But I’m a nurse so I know a little bit about it because I studied autism in school. I would never assume to know what having a child with autism is all about. But, I care about people and I care about kids so when I stumbled upon this awesome company called PupJoy, I was overjoyed with what I found out about their connection to supporting autism and donation to shelters (a topic close to my heart as we have adopted three rescue dogs).
I found PupJoy when I was looking for affiliates for my website (because having affiliates helps me run my site). I only use affiliates for products I love and use so I decided to try out a PupJoy box myself. I’m not a salesperson, but I like recommending products I love and in fact, there are some companies I seek to promote. PupJoy is one of them.
PupJoy compiles boxes of dog treats, accessories, and toys by partnering with independent manufacturers. I was drawn to this company in the first place because they sell dog treats and I have two dogs I love to spoil by giving treats. My dogs are like members of our family to me.
As I investigated PupJoy’s website further, I found they use all natural ingredients and they donate to shelter animals so I fell in love with their products even more. When our box arrived, it was fun to get the dogs hyped up when the box for just for them! I opened the box up immediately (I was almost as excited as my dogs were). Kipper and Frida enjoyed some tasty treats.
I kept reaching into the bags every day to treat my dogs until one day I noticed some of the wording on the bag; what I read made me fall in love with this company even more. PupJoy included some manufacturers who employ people with autism and other disabilities. I stopped in my tracks; I read the entire bag then read their website again. I was even more excited and interested in supporting this company as an affiliate. I knew I wanted to help spread the word about their unique and amazing business.
The Treats: Bag one
Here is what is listed on a dog treat package from our box by Good Reasons, unleashing pawtential Hudson’s Pumpkin PB Pieces:
“Our scrumptious, all natural dog treats are sure to please your dog’s palate, but here at Good Reasons we go beyond the biscuit. We created a company that provides employment for people with autism and other disabilities in an integrated work environment. Unleashing love and potential in every bite!”
Plus, to personalize it, there is a sticker picture of the person who packed it on the bag. My bag’s sticker read, “Packed with love by: John”.
Oh, how I love that so much! I am so impressed with a company who creates such a fantastic opportunity for people with autism and disabilities, plus they make healthy dog treats. Supporting a company like this makes me feel so happy and good! A feel-good dog treat that makes me (the human) feel good too!
The Treats: Bag two
Here is what another company called Scout & Zoe’s has printed on their Cheddar Bacon dog treats bag:
“Packed with love. This package was assembled with lots of love by the wonderful people of the Hopewell Center, where intellectually disabled individuals learn important job skills to help them live their own lives. Every purchase you make of Scout & Zoe’s allows us to keep supporting Hopewell! Learn more at ScoutandZoes.com/Hopewell.”
Oh, how I love the words on that package as well! This is exactly the type of company I want to be associated with. If you purchase through the links, I do receive a commission at no added cost to you. But this endorsement is 100% my own opinion. I love these products and I love to help spread this company around. Spreading goodness is something I strive to do. I yearn to do it. It brings me joy to help bring business to this type of company.
The Treats: Bag three
Another bag of dog treats that came in our box was from Cocotherapy (Coconut Lemoncello Maggie’s Macaroons). These treats are made with grain-free natural quality vegan ingredients. The treats are healthy and good for dogs, plus they are made in the USA which I love buying products from my own country (go USA!). (This option is not currently on their website, so check the website for the most current options.)
For anyone looking for a deal on PupJoy, here are a few of my affiliate links with discounts.
The Treats: Bag four
The Clear Conscience Pet Lamb Airy Bark was the favorite bag of treats for my dogs. These treats are made from “responsibly sourced ingredients: pasture raised lamb lung from small family farms and ranches”. Supporting small businesses is another reason I love PupJoy.
But don’t trust just me, look at my dogs. Their faces will tell you this is a good company to buy from! Even if you don’t buy one on a regular basis (they offer monthly plans or single box), it would be fun to treat your pups to a box periodically or at a special holiday like Christmas or their birthday. I always give my dogs something special on those days anyway, so now I have a special gift from a special company to give them on a special day. A win-wn all aroud situation in my mind!
More on Autism
Since I talk about autism in this post, I thought I would add the signs of autism in children to help promote learning about autism (keeping in with my topic of my Children’s Healthcare Series). I copied these signs of autism from a public website by the NIH and NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) who encourage and promote copying of their website information for the education of the public.
Per their website, the cause of autism is thought to be both genetic and environmental. It is important to note: “Multiple studies have shown that vaccination to prevent childhood infectious diseases does not increase the risk of autism in the public.” As a parent, this is information I want to know because there is so much fear and discussion about autism and vaccines among parents and the public in general. For me, this is reassuring to read.
Here is the website link for further information: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Autism-Spectrum-Disorder-Fact-Sheet
This post is for informational purposes only, it is not intended to be advice. A medical professional should be consulted with all concerns. Please see my disclaimer in the top menu bar for more details.
Signs of Autism
Some phrases below are listed as direct quotes from the website listed above.
- Parents may notice their baby seems different than other babies, or their child seems different than other kids of the same age.
- Child is “overly focused on specific objects”
- Child will “rarely make eye contact” and avoid it
- Baby will fail to babble as other babies do
- Child will begin to withdraw at age 2 or 3
- Child doesn’t engage socially with others
- Child displays failure to respond to their own name
- Child will only interact with others for a specific goal
- Child has difficulty engaging other kids in play
- Child has difficulty with empathy
- Child has difficulty talking about feelings of their own
- No speech (see website above for age guidelines on this topic)
- Child has delayed speech or repeats the same phrase
- Child has a desire for sameness of activities and surroundings
- Inappropriate speech that is also awkward
- Child has difficulty understanding body language or gestures
- Child has flat speech or other types of unusual types of speech (see website listed above)
- Child does repetitive motions
- Child has difficulty with changes from the norm
- Child has angry outbursts in highly stimulating environments
Thank you for letting me share my amazing find of PupJoy with you. I hope you check out PupJoy for the dogs in your life and support this great company. I am so happy I did! My dogs are too!
It is not my intent to suggest any implied link between PupJoy, any other treat companies mentioned in this post, and NIH/NINDS. I simply used links in this post as my own preference to support my writing in this post.
Check out PupJoy at https://www.pupjoy.com/
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