September 2014 BarkBox: Go Team!

September 2014 BarkBox: Go Team!

I felt like this box took a really long time to get here, but it looks like it was August 25 when the last one came so I guess I was wrong.  Anyway, what a treat to get a Homecoming-themed box on the first day of fall.  This box contained some of Albie’s tried and true favorite items (insert your favorite “be true to your school” emotion/ pun here) and a treat that he was really not into.  Which is which?  Let’s read on and find out!

What would Homecoming be without the big game?  Included in this box is a PetProjekt Skrubal Football.  This is a brand that we love around here because these toys are built to last.  Also, they’re kind of pricey so I would balk at buying them in a store.  You may recall (because you read my BarkBox reviews like the literary treasure that they are) that Albie received a PetProjekt egg in one box that he loved so much we actually reordered it when he lost it.  As soon as I opened the box he was jumping to get the football.  Play on, player.  Enjoy.  Hut hut hike, etc.  Barkbox says this is a $14 toy, but on Amazon it was $16.  Aim high, Bark Box; as any Captain of the football team knows, you never undersell yourself!



Etta Says Duck Chew.  Oh, Etta Says.  Albie always loves these and this is a nice, long one (that’s what she said?).  This will be great to give Al when the whole family goes out for hours on a weekend.  Made from American duck, this is a treat that we are always thrilled to see in BarkBox.  $4 value.


Safemade Pet Berkeley Pennant.  I’ll add a whole box picture so you can see the duck chew and pennant.  This is actually a BarkBox exclusive.  Very cute, and full of that crinkly material with a durable exterior.  This probably will last awhile with the big chewer.  It’s not a lifer toy like PetProject, but I don’t have to regift this one.  $7 value. (Edited: It didn’t make it through the night.  I really need to start giving away anything that’s not serious plastic/ tire material.)



Petsafe Indigo Smokehouse Strips- Bacon.  Who doesn’t love bacon?  Mmmmmmm, bacon.  Oh, sorry.  Where was I?  Made with 100% American pork and no artificial anything, these are so fresh that they should be refrigerated after opening and used within 3 days.  An airtight canister is also recommended.  BarkBox says this is a $7 treat, but as I can only find double the size online for $10, I’m going to say this one is a $5 value.  And it’s also an award winner!


Which brings us to our final item: Barkworthies Sweet Potato Steak Fries.  Now, listen, I want to be straight with you: I have seen Albie eat poop.  Both his own, and random other animal’s poop.  He’s not really that discerning.  And yet, he literally turned his nose up at these.  He sniffed, turned away, and never gave it a second look.  It’s still lying sadly on my kitchen floor.  These are made from 100% sweet potatoes and are “pawfect for sensitive bellies and pups with allergies” but I guess undesirable to those who prefer to eat poop, paper towels, a couch made by my deceased Nana when she was still with us, and flip flops.  BarkBox says these have an $8 value, but Albie says they are worthless.



All in all, this box had a $40 value.  I paid about $18/ box for the 6 month subscription.  As always, we love BarkBox and think this is one of the best subscription boxes out there!

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Let me know if you got a box and what was in it!  I’m off to kick up some leaves with Al!


July BarkBox Review: It Got Our Tails Wagging!

July BarkBox Review: It Got Our Tails Wagging!

Albie’s BarkBox came and was greeted with enthusiastic tail wagging and happy sniffs.  We missed June (I was on vacation and my husband let Al tear into it before remembering to take pictures, which is a shame, because apparently it had some monkeybutt toy), but feel free to go back through the archives and check out May’s review.  We have gotten this subscription for a year and we love it!  As with most subscription boxes, the longer you sign up for the less it costs.  Boxes are customized to your dogs size and chew-desire.  Albie is, as you know, both a horse and a super heavy chewer.  I love this box because some of his all-favorite and most durable toys have come from this box, and it stops me from buying treats every time I’m at the store because I know they’re coming each month.  So what did he get this month?


First Look




All the goodies!

BarkBox has started including prices on the information cards, as well as codes to reorder items your pooch may love.  This is very cool, and a feature I have taken advantage of with some of the better toys.

Loopies Fish Bones Toy: great for tugging, tossing, and all sorts of rough play.  It’s been a week and it’s still more or less intact so I give it my recommendation.  Edit: my husband just walked in and said that the fish has been filleted.  Al got the squeaker out and let all the stuffing fly free.  Again, this is what Albie does.  That’s the bonus of the box, it doesn’t feel as wasteful when one of these toys gets destroyed.  I couldn’t locate this one online, but BarkBox says it’s worth $15

Bixbi Daily Essentials Chicken Breast Jerky Treats: USA made and free of wheat, corn, and soy, these are packed with not just chicken but also veggies.  Albie is a huge fan. ( ) $10 value.

Healthy Dogma Coconut Flavor Barkers: these I found on Amazon for almost $14 ( ).  Again, all natural ingredients and made in the the USA.  Barkbox says these are worth $8 so I’ll split the difference and say these are a $10 value.

Etta Says Duck Chew: oooooh, we love etta says duck chews here!  These have come in the box before but they are always welcome.  These are things that I will pick up from time to time in a pet store but they are actually really hard to find.,  $4 value.

Mr. Barksmith’s Pina Colada Smoothie: Albie has gotten these before too in BarkBox.  They’re fine, but a little small.  He finishes them fast though, so he must enjoy them.  You but these in the freezer and it’s a great treat on a hot day., $2


I think I paid around $18 a month when I signed up, so a $41 box is obviously a great deal!  Do you get BarxBox?  Would you like to?

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