First off, happy birthday to my doggy Macho! Three years ago the world gained a crazy, chew-happy corgi. October's BarkBox came at a perfect time so now I don't have to buy him a birthday present :)
What: Barkbox is a subscription box for dogs filled with 4-6 treat, toy, and hygiene items. Boxes are curated according to your dog's size. This review is for a medium-dog box.
When: Ships monthly on the 15th
Cost: $18-$29 per month depending on the length of your subscription
Fun Fact: 10% of proceeds from each Barkbox goes to rescue groups! This month Barkbox is donating to the Bark-N-Rest Retirement Center.
Before I continue, I'd like to announce my stupidity to the world. Up to you if you want to read about it or skip to the next paragraph, but somehow I feel like if I publicize my blunder it'll make me feel less stupid and hopefully remind my non-continental US friends to crunch some numbers before taking advantage of some awesome deals. I started subscribing to Barkbox before they started charging $5/box shipping to AK and HI for the longer plans. As you may know I live in HI, but I was grandfathered into the free shipping. A few months ago I used a Groupon for a 3-month sub for $42.50, or $14.17/box. I put my current account on hold and had to create a new one which was subject to the shipping charge, bringing up the cost to $19.17/box. Doh!! Totally forgot about that. I ended up paying more per box than if I had kept my original 6-month recurring subscription active at $19/box. Anyway, after that expired I reactivated my old account in hopes that it was still earmarked for free shipping. Nope! So now I'm paying $24/box when it could've still been $19 had I not taken advantage of that Groupon. Grrr. It's actually all my fault for not doing the math ahead of time, but I still feel well, dumb. I'm trying to cut down on sub box spending and have 86'd all the recurring subs with shipping fees (in fact right now I'm down to only 3 boxes!), so I was seriously debating whether to cancel Barkbox too. But then I looked at my dogs and how much they love their boxes. Macho doesn't even bother sniffing any of the other boxes sitting on the table anymore; he only as eyes for Barkbox. In the end those puppy eyes won and here I am again with another box!
The packing paper design was so cute this month! Definitely getting me into the Halloween spirit.
Barkbox recently started a texting-based reordering system. Just text the reorder code on the info card to the number given and voila! Your new goodies are on their way. But what if you don't like an item you receive in your Barkbox? That's where Scout's Honor comes in. Scout is the official Barkbox taste tester and face of their new tail waggin' guarantee. If your pup doesn't love something, Barkbox will replace it with an item better suited to your dog for free. Lately our boxes have been total wins so I haven't had to ask for anything, but it's great to hear how seriously they take customer satisfaction! Time to see if October's box continues the awesome box trend:
|Closeup of Snicky Snaks Cinnamon Bar|
|Excuse the cone. Pebbles just lost her mojo|
Wet Noses Howlin' Goodies Pumpkin Biscuits (Value: $2) - How cute is this box of treats? These are Halloween treats made exclusively for Barkbox. Look, they're even in spooky shapes! I'm gonna wait till Halloween to give this to the pups. These cute cookies are completely organic and contain only ingredients that humans eat too. They're also rich in Vitamins C, K, E, beta-carotene, and fiber. Since I missed out on sampling the Snicky Snaks I think I have to try this one. I say that as if I'm entitled to dog treats. Whatever, don't judge me. It smells like ginger cookies.
Dublin Dog Snoggz Rip Van Fetcher (Value: $12) - I don't think this is meant to be a Halloween toy, but the fact that it's says r-i-p is Halloween enough for me. This is a bouncy rubber toy that has an unpredictable bounce and floats on water. The entire thing is also hollow so you can hide treats in it. I for sure will use this to hide Pebbles' treats in. Macho drops toys to get the treats out, but Pebbles will actually throw it up in the air. I totally want to see her reaction when it starts bouncing all over the place.
Superior Farms Venison Crepe (Value: $8) - Holy giant meatballs, this thing is huge!! The Superior Farms website sells this for $6 if you want to pick this up and save a couple of bucks. This is a piece of venison hide seasoned with venison liver. The first part sounds okay, but liver? Seasoning? Ugh. But the furballs loooooove their chews. The grosser it is the more they like it. I'm really not sure how to cut this in half so I guess they'll just have to tug of war to see who gets it. Not on the carpet though, I don't want internal organ shavings all over my carpet.
|All that brown stuff? Liver.|
If you have a dog that would enjoy discovering new goodies every month (and what dog wouldn't?), you can sign up here to receive 10% off your new subscription of any length! Your pup gets toys, you get more doggy love, it's a win for both sides. :)
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