Saturday, September 22, 2012

September BarkBox

Love your fur babies?  Me too!  This is why I decided to sign our Riley up for BarkBox.  Yep you read it right.  BarkBox is a monthly subscription plan for your four legged fur baby.  BarkBox is based out of New York and every month they will send your pooch a box of goodies for their very own.  The cost of this service is $17.50 to $29 a month.  All plans include shipping.  Monthly is $29.00, 3 months is $66.00 ($22 a month) and 6 months is $105 ($17.50 a month).  You tell them what size dog you have (small & cute under 20lbs, just right 20-50lbs or  big & bold over 50lbs.) and they send items for that type of dog.  The company also donates 10% of their profits to a shelter every month.  How awesome is that!  

The Good: 

Pets - Lots of people have dogs and it can be hard to figure out what products work.  This is a great way to try stuff out without spending a ton of money.  

Donation - 10% doesn't sound like much but it all adds up. The shelters can use all the help they can get.  

Semi-customized - your 10lb. Chihuahua won't be receiving a toy larger than it's whole body.  (Although I know lots of Chihuahua's that like to think they are bigger than they are and would love the challenge)

Need a gift - It's like a shower gift for someone with a new fur baby.  How cool is that.  Congrats on your new bundle of fur, here's 3 months of goodies to get you started.  

Pricing options: I like that they have different pricing structures.  $29 is kind of a lot but $105 for 6 months is much more reasonable or even the option of $66 for 3 months. 

Dog like surprises? - Dogs usually love surprises. Everything is a surprise to them.  They can join in the surprise fun with you when you open their box cause you won't know what you get until it gets to you.  

The not so good:

Skip a month. This is not an option

Dog doesn't like it? This may happen.  My dog is an older gal and doesn't too much play anymore so she isn't interested in the toys.  They customize the boxes for dog size but I wish there were a way to customize it for age.  I would rather have more treats than a toy.  Anyway I'm thinking of donating them to the SPCA near my house.  I'm sure they could use it.  Give me an good reason to clean out my linen closet - they also take old towels to use in the cat dens.    

Funny Side note: 
I found this under the FAQ section of the BarkBox website:

Question: If I cancel in the middle of my subscription, will I still get all of my boxes?
Answer: You will definitely receive all of the boxes from your subscription, but don't be surprised by an rebellious brown smelly "presents" left on the living room floor when your dog learns of a BarkBox cancellation. ; )

Well played Barkbox, well played...

BarkBox treasures.

Riley with her BarkBox. 

Contents of the Bark Box with retail price: 

Barkworthies Pretzel shaped bully stick. Value = $5.29- This was Riley's first pick out of the box.  She enjoyed it very much and ate the whole thing in a little over an hour. 

Zigoo Pets Crinket Toy (insert a water bottle and it crunches when dogs bite it). Value = $19.99

1 8x7 LA Fresh pet wipe. Value = $0.20 (50 count $9.95) 

2 sample pieces of Whole Life Pet dehydrated chicken treat. Value = $0.53 (4 oz. bag $16.99)

1.5 oz. bag Whole Life Pets Organic Sweet Potato Treat. Value = $3.99 - Riley enjoyed this and kept sniffing the ground for me.  What I like is the ingredient list which was USDA certified organic sweet potato. Yep that's it, just sweet potato.  

1 large Zuke's Clean Apple Crisp Edible Dental Chew. Value = $3.99

coupon for $10 off your first order at 

The total value of this box is $33.99.  The treats are always fun for Riley and I like the variety that is sent.  I wish she still played with toys because this looks like a fun, albeit loud, one.    

Verdict:  This is great and I can't wait to see what they offer next month.  

Riley sniffs around her choices.  hmm what to pick?

 I think we may have found a winner!   How exciting!

Riley's first choice was the pretzel bully stick. I'm pretty sure I heard her humming the chorus "Tonight's gonna be a good night" by the Black Eyed Peas

****I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for BarkBox.  I purchases these subscriptions myself.

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