PupBox Subscription Box Review: 4 Month Puppy

Today I’ll be reviewing a new subscription box that is geared towards new puppy parents! And no, I’m sad to announce that I do not have a new puppy. Maddie will be helping me review this box and she’s a puppy at heart so that counts, right? Since I don’t have an actual puppy, PupBox offered to send me a box for a 4 month old puppy to review so I can showcase what a typical box looks like.

PupBox is a subscription box designed for the lucky new parents of a puppy! Each box is custom tailored to your puppy (age, size, breed) so you’ll receive relevant information, training tips, treats, toys, and accessories as your puppy grows. Each box will contain 1 bag of training treats and 4-6 additional products.  The box will also come with training and development information approved by celebrity trainer Andrea Arden. If you subscribe month to month, the cost is $39.00 per month. But if you pre-pay for longer subscriptions it’s a better value – $34/month for 3 months, $32/month for 6 months, and $29/month for 12 months. 

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The packaging is well thought out and I think this subscription would be a really cute gift for a new dog parent. I wish I had this subscription back when I first got Maddie. She’s my first dog and I was so unprepared. Something like this would have been extremely helpful!

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All the treats and toys! My box contained 6 full sized items, and the curation is well balanced. I received 1 bag of training treats, 1 interactive plush toy, 1 freezable toy, 1 ball, and 2 chew products.

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Each month comes with a list of all the items chosen for your dog. I love how customized this page is! All the products come with product codes so you can easily repurchase your favorites from the PupShop.

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Since this is summer, I thought it was really smart for the curators to include a water safety pamphlet. It has good tips on how to introduce your dog to water and how to encourage them to swim. Maddie already loves to swim but the pamphlet also has tips for getting an expert swimmer to dock dive, which she has been working on this summer! Hopefully she’ll get comfortable with it before the summer ends!

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I love this training and development guide! The paper is thicker and feels closer to cardstock so I can see this being kept on the fridge and used as a reference throughout the month. It’s a standard 8.5″ x 11″ sheet and printed on both sides. The front side is all about development and the back is about training. Lots of great information and all organized in a simple to understand layout.

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When I first got Maddie I was only meant to be fostering her for a few weeks. I had no preparations for getting a dog (though I always knew I wanted one, but I had wanted to wait until we had a house!) and didn’t know the first thing about training so I spent a lot of time frantically watching Cesar Milan videos and reading random articles. I so wish I had this handy guide! It covers the basics at this 4 month mark (sit, stand, lie down) and I assume will get increasingly more difficult as your puppy grows.

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N-Bone Puppy Teething Rings 3-Pack | $5.69
At 4 months your puppy will be teething and have sore gums and a strong urge to chew, so these teething rings are perfect! It’s formulated with DHA and calcium for strong teeth and bones and healthy brain development. It’s also wheat free, corn free, and soy free if your puppy has any allergies or a sensitive stomach. And most importantly, it’s made in the USA.

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Maddie is not a puppy anymore but she loves to chew! Pumpkin is one of her favorite flavors so I’m not surprised she was crazy for these teething rings.

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Natural Dog Company 12″ Steer Stick | $6.00
And speaking of Maddie’s love for chews, this is her favorite item in the box! It’s the first item she went for when I opened the box. This is a 12 inch beef pizzle chew that is very sturdy and long lasting without being too hard for her teeth. I imagine it would be another must have for a teething puppy! Natural Dog Company sources all their products from the USA.

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Multipet Chilly Bone Chew Toy | $4.99
Perfect for hot summer days! This freezable chew toy comes with a resealable plastic bag. You wet the toy with water, place it into the bag, seal the bag, and place the whole thing into your freezer for an hour. It’s supposed to be vanilla flavored to encourage healthy chewing, though Maddie didn’t seem to pick up on that.

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She licked it a couple times to investigate, but ultimately seemed rather confused by this toy. I was surprised because I’ve never seen her turn down a chew toy before!

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She’s totally giving me her best “Mom, what am I supposed to do with this?” look here. Since she had no interest, I was going to give it to one of my neighbor’s dogs. But after I left the toy on a tea towel to dry, I noticed that the green dye runs! It stained my towel permanently so I ended up throwing the toy away. I’m so glad I didn’t keep it on my carpet overnight!

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Zippy Paws Shark N’ Ship Burrow | $9.99
What an adorable interactive plush toy! I think this is a perfect toy for bonding with your puppy, since you need to first teach your puppy how to burrow and retrieve the sharks and then continue putting the sharks back inside. Afterwards you can even play hide and seek around the house (Maddie’s favorite game!) with the plush sharks.

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Adorable! Unfortunately for Maddie this is a toy meant for a smaller and gentler dog so I’ll be saving this to gift to a new puppy parent. If I gave it to Maddie it would probably last 3 minutes tops.

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Gnawsome Squeak Small Ball | $7.62
Any ball that squeaks is something that Maddie loves, so this was a home run for her. She loves to play fetch and since this ball flashes light when it bounces, it’s our new go-to for playing fetch at night. Houston summers are brutal so we’ve been taking her to play at around dusk when it’s cooler. She sometimes has trouble spotting the balls if we throw them too far but this one is obviously a lot more eye catching with all the lights inside! For a teething puppy it’s another great toy because the bumps will relieve the sore gums and also clean their teeth!

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Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Treats | $9.58
Shoutout to PupBox for being so kind to send Maddie a bag of training treats for active adult dogs in this box! These are perfect for her because she’s always so energetic and can run for hours. She’ll eat anything peanut butter flavored and so naturally she seems to really love these. The formula is grain free, corn free, soy free, and is made in the US.

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The total value of the treats and toys comes to $43.87, but I think the value is definitely higher than that because of all the information that you receive. Overall I’m very impressed with this subscription! I think it’s a wonderful concept and would be a genuinely helpful aid in raising a puppy. Again, I really wish I had this subscription when I first had Maddie! It would have made things a lot easier.

In the future I would love to see a “new adult dog” subscription as part of this company too. Most of my friends are choosing to adopt older dogs from shelters and I think they would all find it helpful to have a “first time dog owner” sort of box that is geared towards adult dogs/adopted dogs (training tips, dealing with separation anxiety, helping your dog feel more secure and settled, etc.). Heck, I think even Maddie could benefit from a box like that! We’re still dealing with some anxiety issues here and there.

But anyways, I loved this PupBox and I think they have a wonderful subscription service and a smart concept. The idea of a box that changes every month to accommodate your growing pet is so fun and fills a niche in the market that I had not even considered before. The only downside of this box is that it makes me really want to go and get a new puppy! Maybe I could convince my husband that it’ll be super easy to raise a puppy with the help of a subscription box like this?

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Pet Treater Subscription January 2016 Box Review

Squeezing in one last January box review before it’s officially February! Pet Treater is another new subscription that I started in 2015, and I signed up because I was curious about all the new pet subscriptions popping up. Up until I got this subscription, the only pet box I had ever tried was BarkBox (which I love, by the way), so I wanted to get another one for comparison. Needless to say, my dog is now even more spoiled than she was before. And she was pretty darn spoiled to begin with.

Pet Treater is a dog subscription box that sends out treats, toys, and various gadgets and gizmos. They don’t give a specific value for each box and the website states that “each box typically contains a yummy treat for your pup, and usually an interactive toy as well”. It costs $24.99/month, and it’s less if you sign up for a longer subscription. A whole year brings the cost of each box down to only $19.99!

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Each time I get a shipment I am so impressed with the size and quality of the box itself. If you’re thinking about gifting a dog box, this is a great one to choose! The packaging is cheerful and so much fun for Maddie to “help” me go through the contents. Every month also comes with an envelope addressed to my dog with a cute letter inside. The letters have been funny and thoughtful, and adds just a little something special to the box.

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Nerf Dog Tuff Tug Infinity Tug Football | $9.43
Since Maddie is a heavy chewer and tears through plush toys like tissue paper, any time I get a sturdy rubber toy it’s a win. She also loves to play tug so I would consider it a double win. I had no idea Nerf made dog toys, but now that I’ve looked it up I’m tempted to buy more. They all seem really durable and have good reviews. This football one is a great multi-purpose toy. I can throw it, play tug, and when my arm gets tired she even likes just gnawing on the rubber football by herself.

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She wasn’t the best at tugging on the football (left photo), I think she gets a better mouth grip on the nylon part. She’s a 46 lb dog but on the smaller side of that weight, so I think the football is actually a tad too big for her mouth to get a firm grip. But she loves chewing on it and chasing after it.

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Exclusively Dog Jerkeez Pizza Flavor | $9.99
A new-to-me brand, these dog treats were a hit with Maddie. Though to be perfectly fair, she’s not picky about her treats. The jerky has ridges so you can tear them easily into smaller pieces, which I thought was kind of clever. These are wheat, corn, and soy free, and made in the USA. The ingredients list is longer than I would like, with lots of preservatives and glycerin, so I doubt I will be repurchasing.

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Mr. Bill Multipet Plush Dog Toy | $6.99
This thing is hilarious. There’s a soundbox inside and the toy goes “Oh nooo” when pressed. I didn’t actually think my dog would like this, but I was very very mistaken. She went nuts for it. Despite her initial surprise that this toy made such a weird sound, she managed to rip through it in about 45 minutes. She then carried around the stuffing-less plush casing to play with. I’m not exactly sure what about this toy makes it so popular with pets (it has over 1200 reviews on Amazon!) but I know I would repurchase.

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Picture on the left is her face when it first went “oh nooo” and picture on the right is about 2 seconds afterwards. No mercy.

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Your Pet Chef No Guilt Treats (2 bags) | $15.00
This company has a really interesting concept. They sell made-to-order and customized meals for your pets, and also offer custom treats. You can choose the ingredients and they tailor it to fit your pet’s weight. I’m guessing Pet Treater ordered these custom bags for their customers. I love that the ingredients list is so simple: ground chicken, cucumber, radish, and kale. I also love that it’s all human-grade ingredients and made in the USA.

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Nylabone Fun ‘N’ Fit Treat Holder Wobbler Chew Toy | $9.99
Yay, another durable toy! Maddie loves treat holder toys and can spend all day chewing on them. This one has interesting textures for her, which I love because it’s fantastic for her teeth. The toy fits chews, kibble, and treats down the middle, and you can put peanut butter in the grooved side pockets.

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Unique Petz Treat Launcher | $14.99
I don’t really understand this gadget. It does propel the treats a few feet, but I could also throw it just as far, if not further. It makes a really loud noise when you fire, which could definitely scare your pet. Maddie was pretty alarmed and was unable to keep track of her treats because this thing fires it really fast and high. It can only hold small training sized treats, which makes it even harder for her to follow. It took me a good amount of time to load the launder and continue unjamming the launcher when the treats would get stuck, and would have been way easier if I just threw the treats by hand.

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Salad Container | $3.00 (?)
Every month comes with an item for you as well, and they seem to be pretty random. So far I have received an oven mitt and a pack of dog-themed Christmas cards. This month it seems to be a salad container, complete with plastic fork and salad dressing container that snaps onto the top. Not really sure why it was included, but I’ve been using it to store Maddie’s opened bags of treats.

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Overall I think it was a great month. The estimated value comes out to $69.39, almost triple the cost of the box. We got 3 toys that she loves, as well as two bags of treats that I would repurchase. Even with the items that we won’t use, it was absolutely worth the cost and then some. I have been very satisfied with my subscription thus far.

Compared to BarkBox, I would say this box is less curated and more focused on saving money on treats and toys. Most of the items can be found in your typical Petsmart/Petco, and you’re just getting it at a reduced rate. I have really been enjoying my dual subscription to both Pet Treater and BarkBox. I love getting the exclusive (and adorable!) toys from BarkBox, as well as the very high quality treats. I also love getting tried and true toys from brands like Nylabone from Pet Treater.

One thing about Pet Treater that I would change: I wish they would just cut out the item for the human. It seems unnecessary and doesn’t add anything to the box. If anything it just leaves me kind of confused each month because it’s so random. I would love to see them put that value towards a chew or cookie or something for my dog. After all, I already get enough goodies from my subscription boxes. This one is supposed to pamper my dog, not me!

Pet Treater Subscription October Box Review plus Promo Code

Last October review! I’m finally all caught up, so I can officially focus on November now. I decided to try a new pet subscription box for Maddie, just because she’s been going through all her toys and chew and I’m so curious about the new pet subscriptions that are popping up seemingly everywhere.

Pet Treater is a dog subscription box that sends out treats, toys, and various gadgets and gizmos. They don’t give a specific value for each box and the website states that “each box typically contains a yummy treat for your pup, and usually an interactive toy as well”. It costs $24.99/month, and it’s less if you sign up for a longer subscription. A whole year brings the cost of each box down to only $19.99!

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This box is huge!! And so colorful and cheerful, it made me happy just to see it! The box is sturdy, well designed, and I think it would make a really fabulous gift.

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Your first box comes with a free bed if you use promo code PT-BED, so if you’re interested definitely try it out! There are different sizes, and you will receive the appropriate one for your dog. I think received the largest one, which is just enough for my 46 pound dog. If you have a larger dog I don’t think they have a bigger bed option, unfortunately.

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Maddie on her new bed. The stuffing isn’t very substantial, so I definitely wouldn’t use it as her every day bed. It’s pretty thin and wouldn’t provide much padding on a hardwood or tile floor. With that being said, she likes the fleece material and it does well on carpet. We keep it in the living room near the couch so she has a soft spot to hang out with us when we watch TV, but at night she definitely still prefers her regular bed.

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I thought it was really cute that they included a hand addressed envelope to my dog! Definitely felt very thoughtful and the welcome letter was a sweet touch.

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Swiss Tech Dog Leash Light | $11.99
I had never considered getting a leash light before I saw this, but it makes so much sense. I’ve been using it on her leash ever since and it’s been very helpful. Especially with how much rain we’ve been getting here, it’s nice to be able to see where puddles are and where mud is to prevent slipping. Bonus points for coming with the batteries pre-installed. I hate getting gadgets that I have to run out and buy specialty batteries for!

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It clipped onto her leash perfectly and so far it’s been really great! Very bright and simple to use, and small enough not to be obtrusive when I’m holding the leash.

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Nylabone Happy Time Edible Chew | $6.99
Nylabone is a brand that we’ve purchased before, and all their products are made in the USA. The chew is made from chicken, but the first 5 ingredients are: wheat starch, rice flour, wheat gluten, glycerin, and natural flavor. Chicken is the 6th ingredient in the list. I don’t like giving my dog treats with high amounts of glycerin, so I think I’m going to pass on this chew. This product has been discontinued, so I’m guessing this is leftover products that haven’t sold yet. The expiration date on the back is 6/15/16, so it’s still okay to use.

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Pet Head Canine Foot Bath | $8.99
I thought this was a really amusing product when I pulled it out of my box. The idea is funny, right? It actually is a smart thing to keep in my car for dog parks, because Maddie is always getting her paws super muddy. This does clean better than a wet cloth. I like that they also included a red microfiber cloth to dry your dogs paws afterwards. It fits nicely in a neat package and I foresee actually using it.

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It fits Maddie’s paws, but I doubt it would work for larger dogs. Again, she’s about 46 pounds with average sized paws. Look at her confused face trying to ask “but whyyyy??”.

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Nylabone Romp N Chomp Roller Treat Toy | $15.99
Another Nylabone product. They make very durable toys, so I was happy to see this is one that can be reused. Maddie has a love for all rubber toys that can take a lot of chewing, so this is a good choice for her.

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The treats can be refilled with Nylabone’s refills, though it looks like not many online pet shops are selling them. Perhaps this is another discontinued item? You can still buy them on Amazon, but I haven’t found them on Petco or Petsmart or even Walmart’s online stores.

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Since this treat is pretty small I let her have almost half of it, despite the fact that it does have glycerin as the 4th ingredient. Once the treat part got small enough, I threw it away and she loves playing with the rubber toy. It’s easy to refill with peanut butter or pureed pumpkin (her favorite!), so she’ll definitely use this toy in the future.

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Full Moon Chicken Bacon Treats | $13.99
Made with 100% human food grade ingredients with no artificial preservatives, corn, wheat, or soy. It’s also made in the USA and has a wholesome ingredients list. I’m glad to see a really big bag of treats–this is 12.5 ounces! It does expire on 4/10/2016, so if you’re like me and have a backlog of treats for your dog to try, this would have to go to the front of the line.

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Petlou Colossal 14 Inch Warthog | $17.99
Omg how cute is this plush toy? I almost didn’t even want to give it to my dog because I knew she would shred it in minutes. It features a squeaker in the middle that makes an oinking sound, which is something a bit different from your regular squeakers. I think Maddie found it to be a pleasant surprise.

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How completely adorable is his face??

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Look how gigantic this plush is! It’s larger than her head, and she had a blast tossing it around and chomping on it. It didn’t last, but that’s expected of all plush toys.

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The Master of Life Neoprene Oven Mitt | $5.00 (?)
This was the little extra gift for the human, which I appreciate. It does seem like sort of an odd choice though. Maybe if it came with a cute recipe for baked dog treats it would have made more sense? Because otherwise I’m not really seeing the connection between oven mitts and dogs. I can’t find this item online, so I’m guessing on the value.

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Overall verdict: I spent $24.99 and received about $80.94 worth of products (plus the free pet bed!), which is an amazingly high value for a pet box. I really liked the fun gadgets like the foot bath and leash light, but I’m less impressed with the treats. With this box, I definitely feel like I have to check the expiration dates and ingredients lists to ensure that I can give the treats to my dog. With Barkbox, I never have that worry. But I also never get cool gadgets with Barkbox. I think there’s room in this household for both subscriptions, and I’m going to give Pet Treater a few more months to see how consistent the boxes are.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!