Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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.

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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!

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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.

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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.

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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.

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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.

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free 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.

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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:

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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.

Barkbox March 2016 Review plus Free Box

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?

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Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

Each month I look forward to the adorable themes that BarkBox releases. For February, I was expecting Valentine’s Day or something to do with hearts. Imagine my surprise when I got a box full of Lunar New Year themed items! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a subscription box do a Lunar New Year theme before, so I was thrilled. Everything was over the top adorable, I loved it. I admit to buying a second box this month–the first time I’ve ever done so for BarkBox! I just couldn’t resist.

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.

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

I thought this zodiac chart was hilarious! Maddie’s birth year is 2013 which makes her a “Snake”. Her fortune for this year reads “Worries of the future will cloud your judgement. Take a nap instead.”

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

Benny’s Famous Noodles Rope Toy | $14.00
Okay, how cute is this? I almost didn’t want to give this to Maddie since it’s so cute and funny. The walls of the plush take out box are filled with crinkle material, and the interior holds a rope toy. So it’s really like getting two toys in one.

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

The take out box opens up to reveal the rope toy, which look like noodles. They’re sturdy and have three large knots on it which are perfect for heavy chewers like my dog. Maddie loves rope toys. She adores playing tug, throwing it around by herself, gnawing at the ends; she’ll entertain herself for hours. We don’t get very many rope toys through BarkBox, so I’m so excited to see this. Hopefully it means more rope in the future!

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

I love everything about this toy. It’s sturdy and practical for a dog like Maddie and it’s also funny and adorable. I think it really highlights what I love about BarkBox toys. They’re always designed really well, are very unique (I love having toys that I know I could never find at PetSmart or a big box store), and are high quality.

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

PetProjekt Furchun Cookie | $14.00
Thrilled to get another toy for heavy chewers. Maddie is a big fan of rubber toys, especially ones that can hold treats inside! This one is made of 100% rubber and has a flexible opening that does a good job of keeping the treats in without being too easy for your dog. It’s cute and functional and holds up well. I couldn’t ask for any more from a toy!

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

Healthy Dogma Chicken Kung Pow Barkers | $8.00
We’ve received products made through Healthy Dogma before, and love their simple recipes. The list of ingredients is impressively short: barley, chicken, oats, peas, peanut flour, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols). The treats are made in the US and wheat and gluten free. Maddie loves the taste and they fit in the fortune cookie toy. Bonus points for the packaging!

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

Nootie Chomp Sticks | $8.00
We don’t get dental treats from BarkBox very often, so this is a welcome change of pace. Maddie loves gnawing on these and the ingredients are better than the “Greenies” dental stuff you get from the grocery store. Chomp Sticks are made in the USA and grain free. There’s 6 treats in each bag and each one is of substantial size.

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

Butcher’s Block Trachea | $7.00
The only item that isn’t within the theme of Lunar New Year is this trachea crunchy tube. Every box usually includes at least one chew, so I’ve come to expect that. These are a favorite of Maddie’s, so I’m always happy to get another one. They’re great distractions for her when I clip her nails or clean out her ears. It’s made in the USA out of 100% natural beef, and comes shrink wrapped for freshness.

Barkbox February 2016 Review plus Free Box

Sorry for the lack of dog pictures in this review! I’ll take more pictures next month, I promise! The value for February’s box comes out to $51.00, which is one of the highest I’ve seen from BarkBox in a long time. This is definitely one of the best boxes Maddie has ever received. I ordered a second box because both toys are perfect for my dog, which made it worth the $29.00 cost already (not to mention getting the awesome treats and chew as well!).

I think BarkBox has the best curation and custom items out there right now. Even though other pet box subscriptions sometimes have higher value, I never feel like I have to worry about expiration dates or quality when it comes to BarkBox. Everything is always new, safe, well made, and well designed. The earliest expiration date I’ve ever had from a treat I got from BarkBox was about 11 months away. Both treats from this box have late 2017 expiration dates. The brands that they partner with for treats and toys are always high end brands, not the stuff you’ll find in your grocery store’s pet aisle. Their customer service is amazing and their satisfaction guarantee fully backs all of the toys. I’m always excited to get the next box to see what fun theme (and cute toys!) they’ve come up with. Let’s see what’s in store for March!

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus Free Box

I feel like I don’t have enough pictures of my dog on this blog yet, so I’m reviewing my January Barkbox subscription!

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. BarkBox has a theme for each month that I look forward to seeing every month. This month it was “Peach, Ruv, Happiness”.

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus 10% Off Code

Aussie Naturals Krinkle Pants Large | $12.00
I laughed really hard when I pulled this out of the box. It’s so cute and hilarious! The pant legs are stuffed with water bottles and crinkle material, and the pants are made with 100% cotton. All the materials are eco-friendly and the bottles are recycled. As it turns out, my dog isn’t really interested in water bottle toys. She’s usually not picky about her toys at all, but there was no interest from her for this one.

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus 10% Off Code

She seemed more inclined in using the toy as a pillow than actually playing with it. Oh well, I was bound to get a dud sooner or later. According to BarkBox’s “Scout’s Honor” policy, I could get a different toy sent to me free of charge if I emailed them. I’ve used this policy before and I know their customer service is fantastic about responding. But I think I will donate this toy to a local shelter since it wasn’t used at all.

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus 10% Off Code

Ziggy’s Disco Fries | $9.00
Maddie loved these treats and even though she’s not a picky eater, I can always tell when she REALLY likes a treat. In this case, she did all her tricks perfectly and followed me around (with a very hopeful expression) for about an hour after I fed her one. I hope the BarkShop keeps these in stock, I would love to buy more in the future! They’re allergy friendly and have a short ingredients list: ground peas, chickpea flour, ground flaxseed, tapioca starch, canola oil, sweet potato, and cheese.

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus 10% Off Code

Etta Says! Crunchy Elk Chews | $3.00
Each box comes with one chew, and Etta Says! seems to be the most popular brand. We have a nice little stash of Etta Says! chews and Maddie really likes them. I try to keep extras on hand to distract Maddie with when I’m clipping her nails or cleaning her ears. All their chews are made in the US with no artificial fillers or preservatives.

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus 10% Off Code

Loving Pets Ducky Tenders | $8.00 (?)
I like that BarkBox is always able to obtain custom-made toys and treats for their subscribers. In this case, these treats are made by Loving Pets but are packaged for BarkBox in this really cute packaging. These duck tenders are 100% farmed and made in the US, and have only 6 ingredients: duck, turkey, vegetable glycerin preserved with tocopherols, rosemary extract, and natural smoke flavoring.

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus 10% Off Code

Rockstar Guitar | $12.00
And speaking of custom toys, check out this awesome guitar! It’s got multiple squeakers in it (Maddie’s favorite!) and is made with a durable material and stitched in small sections. It’s really nice that the squeakers are kept separate, so when she (inevitably) shreds one part, not all the squeakers are compromised. It’s designed well for chewers and at 20 inches long, is a good size for my dog.

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus 10% Off Code

I managed to get her to stop playing for a few seconds with one of the Ziggy Waffle treats to grab this picture!

Barkbox January 2016 Review plus 10% Off Code

I received about $44.00 worth of products in my box, which I am very satisfied with. It’s fun to discover new toys and treats that she loves and the themes are super cute and fun.

Even though one of the toys from this month doesn’t interest my dog, it won’t go to waste. But if you’re worried about your dog not liking any of the toys, you can always make good use of the “Scout’s Honor” policy! Just email BarkBox’s customer service and they will provide you with a different toy from their “Tried and True Collection”, free of charge. When I used this policy in the past, their customer service team was quick to respond, very kind and helpful, and even made a note on my account that my dog was a heavy chewer. I was genuinely impressed and think it’s a wonderful policy to have in place. Every month I’m excited to see what the theme will be and can’t wait for February’s!

 

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

Whew, it’s been a hell of a weekend! Hurricane Patricia brought lots of rain and flooding to Houston, so Maddie has been trapped indoors all weekend. Luckily she had a brand new BarkBox to tear into, which I’m so grateful for. I think that’s really one of the best parts about a more practical subscription service like BarkBox: the convenience is unbeatable. Since Maddie is so destructive, we still buy toys for her from stores, but it’s been wonderful to have a monthly box full of toys and treats for backup and in case I’m too busy to go shopping.

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 Halloween.

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

Butcher’s Block Trachea | $5.00
Every box usually includes at least one chew, and we’ve received numerous tracheas by this point. It’s always a good way to keep Maddie busy and she loves chewing on these, so we have no complaints about getting more! It’s made in the USA out of 100% natural beef. I usually use them as distractions during nail clipping sessions or as a special post-bath treat.

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

Rattling Ricky | $13.00
I love Halloween so I was really excited to get some fun themed toys for this month! This toy is super cute and features a lot of things that Maddie loves. The wings are stuffed with crinkle plastic, and the body is made out of a plastic bottle stuffed with little beads of cornstarch that rattle when thrown. I love that the beads are safe for consumption in case your dog (like mine) is able to actually puncture the plastic bottle. You’d be surprised how many toys aren’t as safe! I really do appreciate that attention to detail.

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

She thoroughly enjoyed making lots of noise with her new toy.

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

Caru Duck Recipe Baked Bites | $9.00
We’ve received Caru treats before, and I’m very satisfied with the quality. Duck is the first ingredient for these soft bites, and it doesn’t contain any wheat, corn, soy, or animal by-products. The treats are made in the USA, prepared in small batches and naturally preserved.

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

Count Barkula | $15.00
Yay for squeakers! This super cute toy has 12 squeakers, and since each squeaker is sewn in an individual compartment it actually lasted a good amount of time with my dog. She had a blast with this thing! The size is perfect for her since she’s a pretty large dog, and she was able to drag it around the house and cuddle with it in her bed. I highly recommend all the “squeaker mat” style toys that Barkshop has. We’ve always had a good experience with them!

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

So excited!! She had an amazing time thrashing around and pulling the squeakers out.

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

No Grainers NYC Jerky Bites | $7.00
I can’t find this exact treat on BarkShop, but a similar one from the same company for the $7 price. These treats are small, so they’re perfect for training or putting inside treat toys. It’s grain free, corn free, soy free, and all the ingredients are from the USA.

Barkbox October 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

Overall we got a $49.00 value from this box, which I am very happy with. The added convenience of getting it shipped to the door is just icing on the cake! Every month I love the curation and I think the toys just get more and more adorable as time goes on. All the treats are always very safe, made in the USA or Canada, and feature high quality ingredients. I’m always so excited to see what the theme for the next month will be!

Barkbox September 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

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.

Barkbox September 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

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 🙂

Barkbox September 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

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.

Barkbox September 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

The size is perfect for Maddie and she’s been happily tossing this thing around.

Barkbox September 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

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.

Barkbox September 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

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.

Barkbox September 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

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?

Barkbox September 2015 Review plus 10% Off Code

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!