Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 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!

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...

Maddie checking out her box. She could smell the snacks before I even opened the box.

All the BarkBox treasures!

Maddie waiting patiently for me to take the picture. Gracie waiting patiently for someone to rub her tummy. 

Contents of the Bark Box with retail price:

Aussie Naturals Floppie Shark rope toy. Value = $7.99

8 oz. box of Wagatha's Little Bites Tuscan Pizza treats. Value = $6.99 - Maddie ate this but I could tell it wasn't her favorite snack. 

6 oz. bag Plato Duck Strips. Value = $8.99 - Maddie loved this!

2 oz. bottle VetraCare Pet liquid bandage. Value = $7.99

The total value of this box is $31.96. I thought the liquid bandage item was very interesting. I haven't had a problem with Maddie but my other dog Riley would get little paw injuries every now and then. This wouldn't definitely helped. I think I will put this in Maddie's travel bag. She didn't seem to interested in the rope toy but that could be because there were snacks to be had.  I will try again when she's in her I want to play and chase stuff mood. Maddie loved the duck strip snacks and thought the pizza treat was just ok. 

Verdict:  BarkBox is a fun box for the fur babies in your house.


  1. Wooftidoo!! Danielle R. here from BarkBox. So glad Maddie loved this months BarkBox!! We ruv hearing customer feedback and seeing cute photos of pups enjoying their BarkBox! Two PAWs up!

    1. Maddie says thanks! They only problem is she thinks every box that comes to the house is for her now.