After last month’s amazing BarkBox (my favorite thus far!), I was sure this month’s theme wouldn’t be able to top it. But I was actually thrilled to open the box to find a London themed box! I’ll be visiting the UK over the summer (literally counting down the days…), and this was just perfect. I always appreciate the simply adorable themes that BarkBox puts out for every month. They’re my absolute favorite pet subscription box! Maddie would probably agree with me, based on how quickly the toys and treats get snatched out of the box.
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’ve been subscribed for a year and recently renewed for a 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 the box usually lasts us through the month. You can use my link to get a free Barkbox added to any subscription, or use my referral code HOARDING. And if you use my link/referral code, 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.
Sherlock Hat | $14.00
This is a BarkShop exclusive item, much like most of the toys that BarkBox sends out. I love that we get toys that you’ll never find in a pet store, and they’re always well constructed and made by reputable brands. This toy is so cute and silly; the houndstooth pattern is just perfect for the London theme!
Maddie is definitely a heavy duty chewer, so most toys don’t last long with her. I like that the rubber spiky ball is very durable and that she can still play with it even after she destroys the plush and cloth parts. This must be a popular item since it sold out very quickly this month! If it ever comes back in stock I will probably buy another one.
Superior Farms Lamb Lung Toasters | $9.00
These treats are grain free, gluten free, and high in protein. As always, they’re made and sourced in the USA. Maddie isn’t a picky dog when it comes to treats, so it doesn’t really mean a whole lot when I say “she loved them!”, but…she loved them.
EOS Turkey with Sweet Potato Treats | $6.00
We’ve received EOS treats before, and I appreciate their simple ingredients list. Maddie adores anything and everything sweet potato, so this was right up her alley. No artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors added. It’s made with USA ingredients, and contains no grain, corn, wheat, or soy. It’s a good treat for dogs with allergies, especially since the main meat is turkey instead of something more common like chicken.
The Telephone Booth | $14.00
Of course, no London themed box would skip out on the telephone booth! This is another chewer-friendly toy, since it features a puncture-resistance squeaker. Maddie had a great time with this toy, though she was able to pull the cloth wrapping off. Despite all the play, it still squeaks! It just no longer looks like an adorable telephone box.
Smoking Gun Smoke Sticks | $4.00
Guessing on the value here, since it’s not for sale in the BarkShop. Each month the box will contain one chew, which I’ve come to expect and actually work into my schedule. I like to use them as distractions for nail cutting sessions and other grooming needs, so every month when it gets here it means grooming time for Maddie! This one has an ultra simple list of ingredients: pork and sweet potato.
Last month I didn’t get any pictures of Maddie in my review, so I promised pictures this month. And I totally didn’t get any of her playing with her new toys, so here are just regular pictures of Maddie:
Does that look comfortable to you? I don’t know why she likes to sleep all jumbled up like that. This is also photographic evidence of how spoiled she is–that entire couch (and the West Elm throw!) basically belong to her.
The total value for March comes to about $47.00, which I am more than happy with. Every month has a great theme that they really adhere to, and I’m always so impressed with the curation. Their customer service is also a dream to communicate with. Whenever we have had issues with a product in the past (only twice in over a year), they were responsive and immediately rectified the problem. Even if your dog just doesn’t like a toy, they’ll send you a code for a free one from their shop.
I also really appreciate all the sturdy toys we’ve been receiving. I think you can email the BarkBox support team and request your box to be for heavy chewers, and they’ll make a note of it on your account. I remember doing that a long time ago and I do think that’s why we’ve been getting mostly tougher toys now. It’s great that the rope toys and rubber toys last for several months now. I’ve repurchased several items from their shop, and Maddie continues to play with all of them. Her toy collection of getting really big, did I mention that she’s so very spoiled?