Awwwwww, I’m just joking about the title but my, oh my, did November get away from me! November was filled with conferences, trainings, meetings and, oh yeah, Thanksgiving. In the midst of all that, a BarkBox came and was enjoyed and I apologize, dear readers, for the delay in telling you about it! So, let’s get into what was in November (before December shows up on my doorstep).
The BarkBox came with a reminder card that the BarkShop is open. They actually have cute stuff, and I have a $10 credit, so I should probably get a stocking stuffer or something from there. Oh! I just noticed the postcard offers me $10 off my first purchase too! I wonder if I can stack those. I will definitely check that site out after I write this. The theme this month is, duh, Thanksgiving.
First look at the box.
All the fixin’s!
So this box included Petsafe Squeak ‘ Treat Booya, $13. This is a great heavy chewer toy (thanks, BarkBox) and you can also put treats in it. These are the best kinds of toys, and the reason I keep subscribing. (Although, I found it here for $12). I actually said to my husband as we unpacked this box, “this is a good box” and I am sticking to my first impression. http://www.dogtuff.com/busy-buddy-squeak-n-treat-booya-pet-safe-large.html?gclid=Cj0KEQiAhvujBRDUpomG5cq_mI0BEiQA7TYq-h_o7n2rMs2u12jbF6e0HL07e5JT_kR2Zu3qc0LsZB0aAkfm8P8HAQ
Wagatha’s Kitchen Sink are treats that Albie felt “OK” about. He expresses this emotion by abandoning a treat but then later going back to find it and eat it. Wagatha got 3/5 tail wags. They are all-organic, GMO-free treats filled with a ton of really good stuff (thus, the kitchen sink)! BarkBox prices these at $5 and I could only find a bigger box for $12 so we will let BB’s price stand. http://www.amazon.com/Wagathas-Kitchen-Sink-Organic-Biscuits/dp/B00AN6A8ZS
Feel Good Treat Company Slow Roasted Rosemary Turducken (Oat & Rice). Albie was not leaving these, he was LOVING these! These were a hit, guaranteed to prevent the dogs from begging for your turkey. I don’t know about that, but he does really like them. BarkBox says this is a $6 item but Albie says no amount is too high! (and I cannot find them online)
Diggin Your Dog Charki-O’s was also in the box and Albie has never met a bone he didn’t like. This is actually more than a bone, as it is freeze-dried beef trachea topped with liver sprinkles. BarkBox prices this at $4, and I may just reorder this with my BarkMoney (if that’s possible) because it was a huge hit. We actually did give this to Al on Thanksgiving and he was delighted. I can’t find the exact one, but that price seems legit and actually very reasonable. http://canvaspet.com/shop/diggin-dog-charki-o-hip-joint-8-9-dog-chew-single/
Finally, the box had Safemade Apawthecary Cleaning Wipes, $4. These are cute and perfect to throw into my bag when we go on a hike. I love wipes. I keep baby wipes in my car and my “baby” is 12. They’re for me. Baby wipes get coffee stains out of shirts, not that I’m always spilling Americanos on myself (I am). I couldn’t find these online either!
Not my best review, I apologize but I have recently had the flu and was feeling so guilty for stalling on posting this! If you ever have a blog topic (dog related) you would be interested in my writing about, please comment below! As always, we loved the BarkBox and feel that it is well worth the cost (it added up to $32, we paid $18). Pop around on Groupon and other such sites if you ever decide to subscribe because you can often find a coupon code. Do you get BarkBox? What do you get in yours?
I’m really looking forward to December’s box because I love a well-curated holiday box and as we all know, Santa is coming to town!
Albie’s August BarkBox came and was greeted with the usual enthusiastic tail wagging and happy sniffs. I’m not sure how he knows it’s for him (I mean, I imagine it’s the smell) but I like to pretend he can read and he sees the doggy logo and is like, Oh thank god, I have been waiting for my monthly treat. Mother, get the scissors and get it open. Shhhhh, I’m not weird. You are. Anyway, we have gotten this subscription for over 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 dog’s size and chew-desire. Albie is, as you may know if you have been following, both a giant and a super-heavy chewer. I love this box because some of his all-favorite and most durable toys have come from it, and it stops me from buying treats every time I’m at the store because I know they’re coming each month. How’s that for justifying cost? I think it actually saves me money! So what did he get this month?
First Look at the box
In order for me to be able to take any pictures I had to get Albie out of the way. I teased him with that big ol’ ball and threw it at him.
Look how nice I sit, Mommy! Throw it! (I took off the paper first)
The theme this month was “Ahoy, matey”. The description card promised a “mighty ocean inspired journey” that will allow your pup to have fun both on land and at sea. A fairly new, and very cool, feature is the ability to text to reorder favorite items. I think that everything should be able to occur through texts. That sounds more dystopian that I intended, but for something like a reorder of a subscription box item a text seems efficient and hassle free! The information cards are really cute, featuring cartoon pups, quality paper, nice font, and clever puns. This box really does feel like a treat for Al and us.
So that big ol’ ball I threw to Al is Jolly Pets Romp and Roll: it’s a combination ball and rope that allows pups to have an exciting playtime. It floats! It has endless possibilities! It is just a red ball now because Albie ate that rope off so quickly! Hahahaha. We don’t hate the player, just the game (or something) so this is not a critique of the toy. Albie is an animal, and I mean that metaphorically not literally as, obviously, he’s an animal. Aren’t we all? His new red ball seems very sturdy. BarkBox says this toy was worth $11 but Amazon has it priced higher. They claim it’s a $19 item but you can have it delivered by drones for $13.29 and free prime shipping.
Jolly Pets Romp n’ Roll
The rest of the box
Usually there’s 5 items in the box, so this one felt a wee bit light. Besides the big ball, Albie received a lobster toy and 2 seafood-themed treats. On a related note, I wish I had lobster rolls and cheddar biscuits right now. This review is bringing out the seafood lover in me. Which is to say that Albie received:
Grandma Bowser’s Cheddar Biscuits He has received this brand before and enjoyed it and these biscuits are no different. They are made in the USA and free of wheat, corn, and soy (because it’s important to give our pets as many food restrictions as we give ourselves!) BarkBox quotes these as an $8 item and the internet agrees!
Bocce’s Baker Lobster Roll Treat These yummy looking treats are made with locally-sourced lobster from the coast of Maine and are wheat-free. Organic rye & barley flour, lobster, kelp, and parsley are the only ingredients. Hmmmmm… maybe I could have lobster rolls tonight! (Just kidding.) BarkBox and the internet price these at $10 a bag.
The final item Albie received was a Pet Rageous Lobster. This came with its own information card. It said that the “Lobster will be happiest when swimming around in some water- whether that be rivers, lakes, a backyard pool, or dare we say… a bathtub! Your pup’s new Lobster friend is not intended to be a chew toy but rather one to be enjoyed during some supervised, watery fun.” Well, Albie doesn’t really understand that anything isn’t intended to be used a chew toy (including a beautiful pair of Madewell flats, eyeglasses, and a coffee table) so this one has stayed in the box. Actually, I have a friend who is expecting a baby so I may just be sending this on her way to use as a bath toy for the new baboo. Albie would demolish it in a good 3 minutes and it sure is cute. BarkBox said that the lobster is worth $8 and I’m having a hard time finding otherwise, so we can go with that price.
All totaled, using the BarkBox prices, even though they seem to err on the lower side, this box had a value of $37, putting it well above the $18/ box I paid at subscription. Also, part of the value comes from not paying for shipping, which if you live in a rural town like I do, where the nearest Target is a 25 minute drive, is really important. Part of the fun, of course, is getting things you don’t see everywhere and the surprise of what you will get. I used to personally subscribe to other boxes for myself, like ipsy, yuzen, and pop sugar, but stopped because the items didn’t always justify the cost as they were things I already had, didn’t need, didn’t want, or could find cheaper online or at Marshalls. I don’t ever feel that way about BarkBox. Worst case scenario, we get a cute toy like the lobster that I just know he will tear up but can regift to a pal. Once in a while we get treats he’s not immediately feeling, but eventually even those get eaten because, like Nicki Minaj, you can tell he’s not missing no meals. (Real talk: that song is dumb. I hope Sir Mix-A-Lot got paid. His song was awesome).
All in all, I would give August’s BarkBox 4 out of 5 tail wags. Do you subscribe? Do you want to? Subscribe here: http://ruv.barkbox.com/x/4h8mpj
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?
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. ( http://shop.bixbipet.com/collections/daily-essentials/products/bixbi-daily-essentials-chicken-breast-jerky ) $10 value.
Healthy Dogma Coconut Flavor Barkers: these I found on Amazon for almost $14 ( http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Dogma-Coconut-Barkers-Treats/dp/B00JK30ZZI ). 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. ettasays.com, $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. http://www.mrbarksmiths.com, $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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