What a treat to receive a Halloween-themed BarkBox today!  Too bad Albie literally tried to bite the hand that feeds him- I swear we are 5 barks aways from the mailman macing Al.  Anyway, this box came with something I found to be incredibly awesome- A Scout’s Honor Tail Waggin’ Guarantee!  Now, if you recall from last month, Albie really hated one of the treats that came in the box.  From now on, apparently, BarkBox is guaranteeing only pleasure from the box.  Team BarkBox now promises “that if your pup ever doesn’t ruv an item in their box, we’ll replace it.  For real.  No fee.  No fuss.  No disappointed pups.  That’s our guarantee and we’re sticking to it!  Should your pup ever turn up their snout at something, just give a friendly holler to our BarkBox happy team… (and) we’ll get that tail back up wagging by sending a replacement item that’s better suited for them, or issuing a credit of equal value to our brand new BarkShop”.  That’s totally awesome!  This will be great for those toys that I know will last 15 minutes.  Solid toys and delicious treats only!  If that doesn’t convince you that this is the best subscription box out there, nothing will!  With that said, let’s talk about what we got this month:

 

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First look at October’s BarkBox

My husband, who is so rarely home for the unveiling, and I both thought it looked a little light.  Husband asked how many items usually come in the box and I said 4-5.  This time we got 6, but it still definitely seems like less bang for your buck than usual.  Although, I must admit, both toys looked pretty awesome.  I don’t know if 3 jerky sticks was necessarily the way to go, but I do appreciate that one of the toys has a treat chute.  I can stuff those sticks in the creepy face  toy when we go to Seattle for a few hours without feeling too guilty about our abandoning King Albie.

 

IMG_37373 jerky-style treats are cool but we typically like slightly bigger bags that last through the month

The first thing that caught my eye was Snoggz RIP Van Fetcher (hahahaha… who named this?  They should see if Essie  or OPI are hiring) USA-made of durable material, this crazy toy has an erratic bounce, American Horror Story-worthy grin and can even float!  It also has a hole in the back for the aforementioned treats.  I found this online for $12, but BarkBox prices it at $14.  We’ll split the difference and give it a $13 value.  In doing an image search I was psyched to see pictures of big dogs playing with this toy.  I think this will last awhile.  Hooray!

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Snoggz RIP Van Fetcher: $13 value

Max and Ruffy’s Pumpkin Patch Bites are made in Maryland and are GMO-free as well as being free of animal products, preservatives, and dairy.  On a more superficial note I find them adorable and festive.  $4 value according to BarkBox and I can’t find this exact size or packaging online so let’s go with that price.

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Pumpkin Patch Treats: $4 value 

Snicky Snacks Cinnamon Crunch Bar is organic and USA-sourced and promises to set your pup’s tail a-waggin’.  $2 value and pictured above.  These I found for much higher online, actually.  $3.50 plus shipping.  So I’m going to say $3 value.

Hare of the Dog Rabbit Jerky Stick promises to be super tasty and can easily be broken into smaller portions if your dog is watching his weight.  As my dog gained 4 pounds in as many months, I should maybe take this stick up on its offer.  $3 value and pictured above.  I can’t find single sticks available so we’ll go with that price.  That’s actually something I love about subscription boxes- a chance to try things you may not want to pay for the full size version of with no prior knowledge.

Heartland Premium Weasand Strips are made from 100% cow gullet (ew) and hail from Nebraska (like Connor Oberst!).  I bet Albie will love these.  $3 value and pictured above.  Again, I could only find whole packages of these, so we’ll go with the $3 value.

Finally, we have an American Dog Toys Flash & Glow Ball.  I have actually considered buying this exact toy at Petco but have balked at the cost.  BarkBox says $10 value, but I’ve seen these for up to $15.   We’ll split the difference here and price it at $13.

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American Dog Toys Flash & Glow Ball: $13 value

So, even though it did seem a bit lackluster at first look, it seems that this box actually had a pretty sweet value.  $39 plus shipping is what this box would have cost if piecemealed together, but I paid about $18 a month by signing up for 6 months with a coupon code.  Of course, cost is only part of what makes these boxes so cool.  It’s nice to try new things, get surprises, and have themed goodies delivered to your best friend.  Looks like we’ll need some supplementary milk bones to get through the month, but I’m still really pleased with this box after examining its contents so thoroughly.

Did you get a BarkBox?  Did you like it?  Let me know!  You can also subscribe here: https://barkbox.com/r/3QNTBTUXEV?utm_source=old_ref&utm_medium=referrals&utm_campaign=url_copy&utm_content=100008

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Julie Bee
Julie Bee loves taking adventures with her gigantic dog and more regular sized kid and posting pictures of said adventures on Instagram. She resides in a very tiny, picturesque mountain town where she is a Special Education teacher. She can sometimes be found reading poetry behind microphones but more often is on the couch watching reruns of Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and Gilmore Girls.

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