Saturday, November 3, 2012

October BarkBox

Love your fur babies?  Me too!  This is why I decided to sign our Riley up for a BarkBox.  Yep now there is a box for your pups.  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 per month 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...

The BarkBox treasures!

Riley inspecting her BarkBox treasures.  (Gracie's jealous)

Contents of the Bark Box with retail price: 

.25lb bag Feelgood Treat Company Turkey Trail Blazin' Bitz. Value = $5.95 - Riley went cuckoo for cocopuffs for these.  She's having mobility issues right now and is slow to get up and get going EXCEPT when we opened this bag.  She practically hopped up and ran over to get some of these.  I've never seen her so excited for a snack. 

Lollycadoodle handmade wool snake shaped toy. Value = $5.00

Moody Pet Humunga Stache. Value = $12.00

2 oz. bottle Tropiclean Clean Teeth Gel. Value = $8.99

Metro Paws designer poopy packs. Value = $2.13

The total value of this box is $34.07.  This box had 2 toys in that that Riley wont be interested in. My boyfriends mom has a pug so I may give the snake toy to her.  The mustache toy is super fun and I think I will put that in my donation box for the SPCA.  I'm sure they can take some cute pics with it.  Riley doesn't go for walks anymore either so the poopy packs aren't something we will use either but I know I will find a use for them and I still think it was a cool item to get.  I've used the teeth gel before and thought it was very cool - although Riley didn't care much for it.     

Verdict:  This is great box for the fur babies and I can't wait to see what they offer next month.  

Little photo montage of Riley and one of her cat friends (Gracie).

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

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