Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July BarkBox

Since we have a new fur baby in our household I have decided it's time to resume my reviews with BarkBox.  Human loves treasures and I know dogs love treasures so why not a box for them?  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 $19.00 to $29 a month.  All plans include shipping.  Monthly is $29.00, 3 months is $72.00 ($24 a month) and 6 months is $114.00 ($19.00 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 $114 for 6 months is much more reasonable. 

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.  

Referral program: They have an awesome referral program. For everyone you refer you get a free box and they get $5 off!

Need a gift: Know someone whose adopted a new pup. This makes an awesome gift!

The not so good:

Skip a month. This is not an option

Dog doesn't like it? This may happen. Our older dog didn't care much for the toys so we donated them to the shelter. This girl is picky about her toys so we may still end up donating a couple of items but I don't mind. The shelter could use the extras. 

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...

Sorry about the blurry pic. This came the day we were leaving for a road trip and I wanted to take some of this with us so I quickly took a picture. 

Contents of the Bark Box with retail price: 

Wigzi pocket bone treat stuffer and chew. Value = $7.99 - Maddie wasn't too into this. She will be donating this to her friend at the shelter where we got her. 

Max & Ruffy's Natural Organic Dog Treats in coconut, molasses and flax flavor. Value = $7.25 - I was surprised Maddie ate this. Didn't think she would like flax but guess she doesn't mind. 

No Grainers Training Size Soft Chews. Value = $4.99

Mr. Barksmith's Smoothies for Dogs in peanut butter flavor. Value = $1.33

Safemade Silicone flexi-bowl. Value = $4.99 - We took this our on coastal road trip. I think it makes a better food than water bowl. It took a lot of water to fill it up and we ended up tossing a lot of it. This now has a permanent place in her to-go bag.  

(2) Clear Conscious Pet Tender Stikz. Value = $1.79/ea. 

The total value of this box is $28.34.  This is what I would call a break even box. If you have a monthly subscription it's about the same value if you have a 3 or 6 month then it's a deal. I was happy with this box especially the dog bowl. We literally were packing up and I checked the mail before we left and this was in it. We were going to use some of my plastic food containers but this worked out much better. I was kind excited about the jerky looking things. Jerky for dogs? How cool is that?

Verdict:  Great box for the four legged kids in your house.

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