Thursday, December 5, 2013

November 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...

November BarkBox

Contents of the Bark Box with retail price:

Pet Lifestyle And You (P.L.A.Y) gift card. Value = $15.00 - requires a min $75 purchase

N-Bone Pearly Whites Vanilla Mint Chew Bone for Dogs. Value = $4.99

Bocce's Bakery Truffle Mac & Cheese biscuits. Value = $9.50

Happy Howie's turkey sausages. Value = $3.00

Etta Says Premium Chew. Value = $3.00 - Maddie thought this was the greatest thing ever!

Pet Lifestyle And You (P.L.A.Y.) stuffed zucchini toy. Value = $9.50 - I didn't think Maddie would be to into this but she grabbed it and started chewing on it and seemed to like it. 

The total value of this box is $29.99. This was a pretty good box this month. I'm anxious to see if the dental bones work cause Maddie has some stinky dog breath. The Bocce bakery biscuits sound delicious if you ask me. I'm sure Maddie is going to love all the snacks in this box and she liked the toy so this box was a big win!

Verdict:  BarkBox is a fun box for the fur babies in your house. I canceled this for now because Maddie has tons of treats and toys and they are piling up. I

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