My November BarkBox got here a few days ago and Maddie and I have been thoroughly enjoying the items. I feel like I should subscribe to a second pet box, since we always run out of toys before the next BarkBox gets here. Seriously, she’s an expert at destroying even the sturdiest of toys. It’s always such a relief to see this box on my doorstep.
BarkBox is $29/month if you do the month-to-month plan, but it goes down to only $18/month if you sign up for the whole year! We sprung for the whole year since it was such a great deal! You can use my link for 10% off any subscription. And if you use my link, they’ll donate a free box to the Bark-N-Rest Retirement Center! It’s a great cause and I’m pleased that BarkBox gives back to the doggie community!
We get the “Big and Bold” box (for dogs weighing more than 50 lbs) because Maddie is right at the cut-off between medium and large. She’s about 47 lbs but since she’s so active and is so talented at destroying everything, it’s always best to size up for her.
Additional awesome thing about BarkBox: they have a great “Scout’s Honor” policy. If your dog doesn’t love an item in the box, just email firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will send you a replacement item better suited for your dog or give you credit of equal value to shop at barkshop.com. It’s totally amazing customer service!
Slow Roasted Rosemary Turducken Treats | $5.00
I always appreciate the seasonally curated items in my BarkBox. It was so cute that they had Halloween things in October and I’m excited to get this turducken bag of treats this month. It’s a turducken liver treat, made with turkey liver, duck liver, and chicken liver. It’s wheat, corn, soy, and gluten free, so totally perfect for dogs with sensitive stomachs. I bring my dog to work sometimes and my boss’s dog can’t have any wheat, so I always am on the lookout for treats that I can share. This one will be perfect, and for Thanksgiving, no less!
Wagatha’s Kitchen Sink Dog Biscuits | $3.32
Wagatha’s is one of my favorite brands when it comes to dog treats (oh my god, I can’t believe I have favorite dog treat brands…) because they always use wholesome ingredients, they have super cute packaging, and they’re based in Vermont! For those who are unaware: I used to live in Vermont and have nothing but love for that state. All of Wagatha’s treats use certified organic ingredients that are human-grade, and everything is baked in Vermont. The company also gives back to a lot of charities, so that’s just an added bonus on top of everything else I love about them.
Petmate Chef Heggies Plush | $12.99
SO CUTE! I haven’t even given this to Maddie yet since it’s too stinkin’ adorable! She’d rip it apart in about 3 minutes flat. There’s some sort of hard plastic inside (feels almost like a water bottle?) that makes a loud crinkly sound when you squeeze it, so Maddie will be all over that. I’m sad that this adorable thing will be shredded mercilessly! Why oh why can’t my dog be interested in cuddling with her plush toys?
Petsafe Squeak ‘n Treat Booya | $13.00
We love treat dispensing toys in this family since they keep Maddie occupied for longer amounts of time. We haven’t had much luck with the hard plastic balls that dispense treats as it rolls. Instead of rolling it around Maddie just throws the ball into the wall or chews on it until the toy breaks and all the treats fall out. I can’t decide if she’s too smart or too stupid. So I was pretty excited to see a rubber one in this box. I was literally just at Petco last week looking at something very similar to this, and it was selling for $18.
The treat dispensing part of this toy is actually really smart. It has these soft rubber prongs on the inside to allow treats to fall out randomly as the toy gets tossed around. You can also trim the prongs down if you want to use bigger treats. I like that the whole thing is rubber and safe for chewing. No small hard plastic parts I have to watch out for!
I filled it with the turducken liver treats from this box, and she’s loving it. She literally has been playing with it for the past 2 hours, and seems really determined to get all the treats out. She’s not too good at it yet. Did I mention that this toy also squeaks?? I feel like we have a new favorite toy in the house!
Total value: $34.31 for my November box. I think every month is around the same for value for BarkBox, around $30-$35. You definitely get your moneys worth plus the added convenience of having everything shipped to you. The toys are always good quality and made with safe materials, and the treats are always from the US or Canada with wholesome ingredients. Now that BarkBox has a great new replacement/return policy, there’s no risk at all. I can’t wait to gift some subscriptions this year to some lucky dogs!