We’ve had our September BarkBox for a few days now and it’s been a lifesaver. This week I’ve been super busy at work and don’t have much time to take Maddie to the dog park as often as she would like. So to compensate, I bribe her with new treats and toys. I like to think it’s a pretty fair trade. Having new doggie items arrive on my doorstep when I need it the most reminds me of why I subscribed to BarkBox in the first place. The value isn’t as incredible as say, a POPSUGAR box, but you really can’t beat that convenience! You never know when you need to have some extra toys and treats on hand.
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 this month is Bedtime Story.
Sawmill Creek Smokehouse Pig Ears | $2.50
Sourced and smoked in the USA from a single ingredient. It’s literally just a smoked pig ear! We always get at least one chew in each box, and Maddie is a big fan. She’s not picky with her chews and goes through them really quickly. I generally try to save them for when I groom her. I used this pig ear to distract her for a long overdue nail clipping 🙂
Swag Company Shooting Star | $14.00
So adorable! It’s made exclusively for BarkBox and features squeakers inside. The stitching is reinforced for durability, though it doesn’t stand up to Maddie’s destruction skills. Very few toys do. But I think this one would hold up very well for your average dog.
The size is perfect for Maddie and she’s been happily tossing this thing around.
Organicfuls Chamomile, Honey, and Duck Treats | $8.00
I love that they translated the bedtime theme to the treats as well! Chamomile treats for dogs? Just perfect. This brand is new to me, but I like what I see. All their ingredients are sourced from the USA and their treats are USDA certified organic. It’s a very short ingredients list, is completely soy free, grain free, and GMO free. Bottom line: it definitely looks like a very wholesome treat! Maddie also loved the taste.
Delca Lamb and Kale Treats | $8.00
As with almost all the treats we get from BarkBox, this is another made in the USA product. I love that they source from only the US and Canada. It definitely gives peace of mind for what my dog is consuming. These treats are soft and perfect for training. They’re also grain free, which is good to know if your dog has dietary restrictions.
Petmate ChuckIt! Max Glow Ball | $9.00
I was seriously just about to buy one of these for Maddie! She loves to play fetch at night at the dog park near our house, but since the lighting is so dim she’s always losing sight of the tennis ball while it’s mid-air. Now she can keep track of it better and it also helps me locate the ball when it’s time to go home. I also think the softer texture of the ball is just perfect for her, since she’s been obsessed with her new toy. Even more obsessed than she is with tennis balls! I am absolutely buying more and stocking up! And also, it’s another perfect addition to the bedtime theme, right?
Overall this was a killer box. I thought the curation for the theme was excellent and I loved all the items. The new organic brand and glow in the dark ball were fantastic discoveries! The overall value comes out to $41.50, which I’m more than happy with. Personally, I think BarkBox consistently delivers thoughtfully curated and high quality items month after month. So far I haven’t been disappointed by any month yet, and I’ve been subscribed for almost a year now. They also have great customer service and stand behind all their products, so if you don’t like something you can always get a replacement. Just like always, I’m looking forward to the next box already!