Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August Bark Box

Since we have a new fur baby in our household I have decided it's time to resume my reviews with BarkBox.  Humans love 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!  

*****Through September 8th BarkBox is doing a promo. Sign up using this Coupon Code: E813839839 and you will get $5 off your box PLUS they will send you AND me a free greatest-hits BarkBox filled with more treats, toys and goodies than you can wag a tail at. So if you were on the fence about this box now is the time to sign up!******

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. Our new girl is a little picky so we have donated a couple of items back to her friends at the shelter. 

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...

Gracie watches on while Maddie sniffs out her goodies.
Contents of the Bark Box with retail price:

Quaker Pet Group Hear Doggy Toy. Value = $10.00 - When you squeeze the middle it sounds like air. Maddie turned around to look but I don't know what exactly she was hearing. I tried going into another room and squeezing it and she didn't react at all. 

Barkworthies Natural Hickory Beef Treats. Value = $8.00

Primal Freeze Dried Liver Munchies. Value = $10.00 - These are a hit with the Madster. 

Barkworthies Bully Flakes. Value = $6.00 - I've been sprinkling this on Maddie's food and doesn't go crazy for it but she seems to like it. The ingredients say all natural, free range, grass-fed beef pizzle. I'
I'm trying not to judge but....ewww. 

The Honest Kitchen Ice Pups. Value = $1.00

The total value of this box is $35.00. I think we and by we I mean Maddie got some fun treats out of this box. We have only tried the bully flakes and liver munchies so far but I'm sure she will like the beef treats. She may not like the ice pup because she doesn't seem to like cold things too much. Right now she is focused on her toy rabbit and lamb so we may have to put the whale on standby until she grows tired of or rips a hole in one of those. 

Verdict:  Great box for the fur babies in your house.

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So how's about another treat mom?


  1. You can also mix the ice pups with warm water to make a broth!

    1. Thats a great idea! I think I will do that and pour it over her food. Thanks!