The Summer heat has been absolutely brutal these past few weeks here in Houston! We’ve been keeping Maddie indoors a lot more since it’s simply too hot for her to be running around in the park, so I’m grateful to have toys and treats on hand to keep her entertained at home.
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 July’s is “Circus”.
Feel Good Treat Company Trail Blazin’ Beef Bitz | $8.00
These are treats that can be broken into smaller pieces for training, and Maddie loves the crunchy texture. They are made in Canada from human-grade ingredients.The ingredients list is fabulously simple: beef liver, oat flour, extra virgin olive oil, and oregano. Totally perfect for stomach sensitive pups that are avoiding wheat or have other allergies!
BarkMade Chicken Biscuits by Healthy Dogma | $8.00
Custom made for Barkbox by Healthy Dogma, a very reputable brand with great products. The treats contain: chicken, barley, oat, peas, and chicken fat. I think the packaging for this is ridiculously adorable, and the treats themselves are high quality with responsible ingredients. So cute how they made the custom container fit so well with the theme!
Butcher’s Block LLC Trachea Chew | $3.00
We usually get one chew in every box, which Maddie definitely appreciates. She loves to gnaw on these and it’s always the first thing she tries to grab out of the box. I usually use them as a distraction while I clip her nails, which has been working out really well for us. This is the first time a chew has been “sponsored” by another company, so I’m not sure if that’s going to be a new thing or if it’s a one time promotion for Voyce (a website that helps you monitor your pet’s health).
Encore Firehose | $15.00
At first I wasn’t too impressed with this toy since it looks so plain and flat (almost like a frisbee), but Maddie loves to chew on it and throw it around, so I guess it’s actually a success! It’s made from fire hose material, which is designed for heavy duty abrasion. Sounds perfect for Maddie, right? It’s nylon canvas on the outside and soft but durable rubber on the inside, and can double as a water toy since it has no stuffing. There are tw squeakers inside the hose as well.
BarkMade Circus Elephant | $11.00
Last but definitely not least, a custom made elephant toy! It’s so cute that I was a little reluctant to hand it over to Maddie because she’s so efficient at destroying all her plush toys. I am kind of annoyed that we received the medium size when there’s a large version of this exact toy (I mean, we get the large dog box for a reason!), but since my dog is on the cut-off between medium and large it worked out okay for her. I just wish I could figure out how BarkBox decides what size to send for which dogs.
This month my box came to a total of $45.00, which is a great value for what I paid. All the treats have extremely short ingredients lists this month, which I’m a fan of. I always feel better knowing that my dog is getting more wholesome and healthy snacks! The toys were also a big hit, and despite the elephant being a smaller size than I would have preferred, I’m still very satisfied with the quality and designs. Maddie had a fantastic time using all the items in this box and as always, we can’t wait for the next month!