Sunday, December 22, 2013

Barkbox Review - December 2013

The other day was an awesome delivery day. I got THREE boxes in the mail! The first was a shipment of poop bags (500 to be exact) I ordered from Coupaw during their Black Friday sale -- they were less than $0.03 a piece! How awesome is that?! The second was my first ever BARiBOX, a paper crafting subscription box that I've been super duper eagerly awaiting. I'll make a separate post about that one later. And last, but definitely not least, was our beloved Barkbox. I continue to be impressed with Barkbox's quick shipping, even during the holidays (I'm also impressed with Baribox shipping, but more on that later). Without further ado, let's dive in.

This month's theme was sharing. We share everything with our pups-- treats, beds, secrets, and kisses. And this box contains more of that good stuff to carry us to the new year. Here's what we got:

Wigzi Pocket Bone
Before I review this let me start with a little back story: A couple of months ago Barkbox started sending out online box review forms (it was the first time they sent me one, anyway) and asked what I'd like to see in future Barkboxes. I mentioned that Macho really enjoys working for his treats so more treat dispensing toys would be perfect. Based on this month's Barkbox reviews I've seen online, it seems like all the medium dog boxes came with a different toy, most of them plush. I don't know if Barkbox actually read each review and tried tailoring the toy to match each dog's tastes (though I'd like to believe they did!), but I'm so glad I received a treat dispensing toy rather than a plush one (he loves those, but he rips the stuffing out of em in no time). But anyway, on to the toy...

This bone has two pockets you can stuff with treats. And it's dishwasher safe! It also floats so you can continue playing your game of fetch in the water. The middle section is really flexible and can withstand bending and pulling. I didn't really have any treats that would fit nicely but I squeezed one in anyway. He got it out instantly and lost interest, so I stuffed it again and threw it, expecting Macho to run after it like I was throwing away his favorite toy. Unfortunately, he just kinda watched it sail through the air then turned his attention right back to the box and zeroed in on the one thing that caught his attention:

Barkworthies Junior Bully Stick
This one has only one ingredient: 100% beef bladder. Treat makers use everything in dog treats - ears, hooves, peepee, liver, tendons, and now bladder. Well at least nothing on the animal goes to waste. This was a 6" piece that's supposed to be long lasting, but pups finished it in less than 10 minutes. He did love every second of those 10 minutes though. He's such a sucker for chews.

Hare of the Dog Rabbit Recipe with Red Apple and Dandelion
Fluffs first tried rabbit in his Barkbox a couple of months ago, and from the looks of it I think he likes it. He likes apples for sure. Not sure about dandelions though. Not even I've tried them before. I guess we'll have to try it and see.

Wet Noses Big Bone - in Peanut Butter & Molasses
This is such a cute company name. And that picture! Love it. Although Macho didn't pick this out of the box first, I'm pretty sure he'll like it. He loves peanut butter. But then again he hasn't been into biscuit-type treats lately as much as the jerkies and animal chews...Oh no, my boy has turned into a total carnivore!

Plato Eos Turkey with Cranberry Treats
I haven't opened these yet, but there's a little window on the back of the bag and by the looks of it, I think the furball will find these deeeeelish. These treats look like chunks of juicy meat, almost like a jerky nugget. I'm pretty sure it also smells as great as it looks. I think I'll save these for when Macho is super good and goes an entire day without getting into trouble. I might be waiting quite a while, but if these are as great as I think they are, it'll be worth it.

Overall this month's box was okay. If the pup still enjoyed biscuit-type treats as much as he used to I'm sure I'd appreciate it much more. Also he didn't seem to enjoy the Wigzi bone as much as I thought he would. I guess he prefers a bigger challenge when trying to get treats out from a toy. But we'll definitely still use all of them; it's pretty rare for him to turn down anything related to food or playtime. If you're interested in starting a Barkbox subscription for your own pup, use my link to get $5 off your first box! Enjoy!!

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