Last month Houston got hit by way too much rain and lots of places got flooded, so when Tropical Storm Bill was hovering around the coast everyone went nuts. Our local grocery store ran out of bottled water within 2 hours! We were all preparing for some pretty bad flooding and potential outages. Luckily nothing serious happened, but it’s a good thing we had our June BarkBox on hand since all the dog parks basically turned into huge muddy swamps. I think the parks were the only real casualty this time…
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. Before getting BarkBox we were probably dropping between $30 to $50 a month at pet stores, and now one box usually lasts us through the month. 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!
You can choose different sizes when you order, and we get the Large box (for dogs over 50 lbs). Even though Maddie is about 46 lbs, she has the energy and strength of a much larger dog so we always size up for toys. BarkBox always has a theme for each month, and June’s is “Space Camp”. As someone who lives 40 minutes from NASA, I thought it was the best theme thus far!
Etta Says Crunchy Duck and Sweet Potato Bar | $3.00
This brand has become a staple in our household, so we’re always happy to receive more from this company. It’s typical for BarkBox to send one chew each month, but this is the first month they’ve sent a chew bar like this. I do prefer the hardier chews since they last longer, but I also understand why they mix it up every now and then. As usual for Etta Says, great simple ingredients list: rawhide, duck, sweet potato, natural caramel color.
BarkMade Flying Saucer | $9.00
I love the unique squeaker in this toy. It seems to be disc shaped across the bottom of the toy and it makes sound when you press anywhere on the saucer. It’s definitely sturdier than your typical bulb type squeaker. Maddie’s been happily tossing this thing around all day and making a big racket 🙂 I am a bit disappointed that I received the Medium 5″ size and not the Large 6.5″, but it’s not too huge of a size difference.
Hueter Toledo Airball | $11.82
We received a Hueter Toledo toy from BarkBox in the past that was horrible, and so ever since then I’ve been cautious about their products. As expected, this one had a hole in it after just 2 or 3 minutes of play. There’s something wrong with the rubber that they use. It’s really soft and easy to rip apart, and it splinters into small pieces that can easily be swallowed by your dog. I highly recommend exercising cautious with their toys!! I do find positive reviews for their products on Amazon, so maybe I’ve just had the misfortune to receive two defective products in a row? I don’t plan to test more of their toys though, since the risk of Maddie swallowing plastic parts is much too high and definitely not worth it.
The good news is that BarkBox customer service is amazing. I sent them an email voicing my concerns and they provided me with a voucher for a free toy from their Tried and True collection, and also promised to look into the issue with the materials. One of the many reasons that I love BarkBox is their Scout’s Honor policy: “Scout’s Honor is our guarantee that if your pup doesn’t ruv an item in their box, just give us a holler and we’ll send a replacement better suited for them. For real. No fee. No fuss. No disappointed pups”.
Green Bark Gummies Health and Vitality | $5.84
We’ve never tried this brand before, but it’s apparently quite popular. I’m seeing great reviews for a lot of their other stuff on Amazon! This is the newest addition to their line of products, and it’s a duck treat with chia for added omega-3 fatty acids. It’s grain free, corn free, soy free, made in the USA, and contains no artificial flavors or added sugars.
Bixbi Peanut Butter Pocket Trainers | $7.19
Generally Maddie is easy to please; she’ll eat anything and everything. Definitely not picky at all about her treats. But every once in a while she’ll discover something she LOVES, and I think these are it! She adores blueberries and these contain blueberries and cranberries, so that’s probably why. I like that they are ridged in the middle so you can break them in half for even smaller portions. Perfect for training! As usual for the treats that BarkBox sends out: made in the USA and no soy or corn or wheat.
Total value for June is $36.85, which I’m pleased with. I’m consistently impressed with the customer service I receive from BarkBox and this month is no exception. Even when I get a toy that doesn’t work out, I always know that I’ll be taken care of and Maddie won’t have to be disappointed, which is great peace of mind. Can’t wait to see what fun theme they’ll reveal for July!