Thursday, February 18, 2016

Barkbox Review - February 2016 + Free Box Code!

What: BarkBox is a subscription box for dogs filled with 4-6 treat, toy, and sometimes hygiene items. Boxes are curated according to your dog's size. There are also variations for dogs with allergies and for tough chewers. Just send BarkBox an email to let them know your situation and they'll mark your account. For reference, this review is for a heavy chewer medium-dog box.
When: Ships monthly on the 15th
Cost: $18-$29 per month depending on the length of your subscription (plus $5 shipping per box outside the contiguous 48 states)
Fun Fact: 10% of proceeds from each BarkBox goes to rescue groups! Check out their BarkGood program to get involved.

When I first got my corgis, they were brats (and still are!). Then I spoiled them with a box of doggy goodies and for some reason now they think they are entitled to one day each month dedicated to all things furry, fluffy, smiley, and smelly (I'm really horrible at bathing my dogs regularly. sorrynotsorry). We call this monthly recurrence BarkBox Day. On a side note, I think the folks at BarkBox dip the boxes in bacon grease before sending them out because my dogs will make a beeline for their BarkBox (and only their Barkbox) the moment I put it on the table. Too bad for them they're barely a foot tall and can't reach it.

One thing I love about BarkBox are their fun themes. I was so sure that February would be something Valentine's-related but nope, it's all about the Lunar New Year, which I guess makes sense because the boxes don't even ship until about the 15th. It's the year of the monkey and I'm so tempted to send a box over to my friend who has a dog named Monkey (but knowing her, she probably already gets a BarkBox for him). According to Barkbox though, it's the year of the Dog. As every year should be, amirite? Now on to the fun stuff!

Freenie's Fan (Value: $13) - A rope toy - just what I needed! This is a crinkly, squeaky rope toy made by the folks at Bark & Co. My dogs think tug of war is the game of champions and will stop at nothing to see who the day's winner will be. Spoiler alrert: it's always Macho. But in Pebbles' defense it's because she always lets go so that she can poop in the corner of the yard. Must be the adrenaline...? Anywho, this should give them a good week of tug of war.

Stretchy the Serpentine (Value: $13) - When you think of Chinese folklore, you often picture dragons. They symbolize strength and power and are overall pretty awesome mythological creatures. (I'm sure komodo dragons are equally as awesome too) Ever wondered why everything is red during Chinese New Year (like these toys)? Red represents happiness and good fortune. I should paint my dogs red. Stretchy has a stretchy (duh), crinkly plush exterior, but once the pups chew through that there's a spiky ball in his head for added fun. The ball's about the size of a tennis ball so it should be large enough for the dogs to gnaw on. Or possibly play tug of war with. You'd be amazed at the smallest things they'll find to play tug of war - such as the cardboard "B" from their BarkBox. I guess that's what happens when you run out of rope toys and the dogs get desperate...anything becomes amusing. They're like that kid who enjoys playing with foil. I was that kid. I guess the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, eh?

Plato Small Bites Roasted Duck Treats (4oz value: $7) - Meaty training treats are Macho's best friend. Pebbles is like the jealous third wheel that tries to break up the friendship by trying to snatch his share of treats in midair. I don't remember exactly where I was going with this analogy but the bottom line is that no matter what Pebbles does to separate Macho from his meaty treats he will always love them. I'm fairly certain if he was stuck on an abandoned island and had to choose between the treats or Pebbles he'd choose the treats in a heartbeat.

Butcher's Block Trachea Chew (Value: $7) - I guess I'm lucky because my dogs will eat anything I put in front of their face. I mean anything. It's easier to get them to eat their greens than it is to get my own husband to eat his. Also, if you put medicine on a spoon and make lip smacking sounds they will be convinced that meds are yummy treats (the dogs, not my husband). A few months ago I gave the dogs some beef trachea that I received in a variety pack of chews and they went nuts over it. Since then I'll buy it by the bag and they get one if they're extra good. Little do they know it's loaded with chondroitin and glucosamine which supposedly relieves joint pain, something Macho's been having on and off for the past several months.

Healthy Dogma Chicken Kung Pow Barkers Treats (5oz value: $8) - I have to say that Healthy Dogma has the cutest treat packaging. It's always in a carton or cup decorated with cute doggy pictures. This one's a takeout carton with a doggy getting his lion dance on. These are biscuit type treats which Macho may not choose over Pebbles, but he'll still appreciate every bite (okay I lied, he'd choose these over Pebbles too. I don't blame him, she's such a bratty sister). Plus these are gluten free.

I think BarkBox was spot on with the Chinese New Year theme. The treats are always a hit, but I've also been loving the toys we've been getting ever since I opted for the heavy chewer option. I'm still not sure if we're actually getting different toys than the "regular" box though; something tells me BarkBox just upped the durability of the toys in all their medium- and large-dog boxes. Although they don't last THAT long, the toys we've been getting will at survive a couple of play sessions before being ripped to shreds, a vast improvement over the previous plushies we've gotten.

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Note: Post contains referral links. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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