Oh. Em. Gee. Barkbox has done it again. Before I begin, I feel like it's worth mentioning that of all the sub boxes I've tried, Barkbox is the only one that really truly delivers month after month. It's the very first box I subscribed to and I've never been disappointed in a single one. My dogs have loved every treat they've gotten (but that's not saying much because they think cardboard tastes good). Sometimes we'll get toys that are too adorable and fragile for my monsters' jaws, but Barkbox customer service is one of the most responsive and accommodating I've encountered. Ever. They'll let you pick out another toy for free, no questions asked. That's Scout's Honor. I love Scout.
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.
|Very adorably festive paper, Barkbox. Win.|
On to December's box. I figured Barkbox would do something Christmasy and they did not disappoint. I noticed that lately we've been getting more toys which I think is great. Before, there would always be at least one toy in a box, but sometimes you'd get three treats which isn't a bad thing, but if you only have one dog that treat pile can grow quickly. My dogs (especially the little one) lives for destroying toys, and more toys each month means that the bigger one no longer has to entertain himself with empty water bottles because his toys are all de-stuffed and dismembered.
|December info card|
Primal Freeze-Dried Beef Liver Munchies (Barkvalue: $6) - This treat has one ingredient: beef liver. I love single-ingredient dog snacks because then I know my dogs aren't eating loads of processed crap (though I'm very hypocritical because I personally love my processed foods). When we first started training Macho, he'd only listen to commands if he knew he was getting freeze-dried liver as a reward. And I liked giving it out because it doesn't smell bad and is easy to break into tiny pieces, but it's so expensive. Eventually I had to stop buying them because they were breaking my wallet. He'll be so happy to see his puppyhood favorite back in the house! These treats are high in protein and grain/gluten free (obviously) and is suitable for both dogs and cats. Or if your pet hates freeze-dried stuff, you can add water to rehydrate it and pass it off as a meaty treat for your happy carnivore.
Etta Says! Crunchy Rabbit Chew (Barkvalue: $3) - I highly doubt this 7" stick costs $3 which is why I called it the Barkvalue, as Barkbox sometimes tends to inflate prices a bit. The first time my dogs tried rabbit was in the form of an Etta Says chew, and to my surprise they loved it. Well I shouldn't say I was surprised because they eat a.ny.thing. But rabbit was never one of the things I considered to be a normal part of my dogs' diet. Then again neither is alligator. Or shellfish. But thanks to Barkbox odd sources of food never come as a huge surprise to me anymore.
It'll be a very merry Christmas for my Barkpups indeed. Their present has $42 worth of holiday goodness that I'm sure will delight them well into the new year. I think both of the toys are super adorable and I already know my furbutts are fans of both treats. My only challenge will be to get them to wear the bandana. Too bad it's too late to make a Christmas card. Oh well, for next year maybe. I'm sensing a "nailed it" theme....
If you have an adventurous dog, treat your bff (best furry friend) to new goodies every month. Sign up here and receive 10% off your new subscription of any length! Sadly, it's too late to get this Christmas box, but I'm guessing the folks at Barkbox have a great New Year's themed box in the works :)
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