So Ranger got his first Barkbox delivery last week and I think I was more excited than he was. Well, he did come to the door with me every day to check the mail.
Barkbox is the monthly subscription that we get in the hopes it will curtail the amount of frivolous doggy spending I do each month. I haven’t bought a new pair of pants in months, but the amount of dog toys that have appeared in the six months we’ve had Ranger would boggle your mind.
You can sign up by the month, 3 month, or 6 month package. Obviously the more you get, the cheaper each month. I did the six month package and remember that they renew automatically. Plus, each month there are different codes you can put in to get a cheaper deal.
This month use code BBSTAFF9BXC9 to get $12 off a 6-month subscription. That’s only $17.00 per month!! Just go to http://www.barkbox.com
Item: Bocce’s Bakery Truffle Mac and Cheese (value: $9.50)
These treats smelled delicious when I opened them and I love the fact there are only 4 ingredients. How cool is that? I don’t even cook with truffle oil *grumble* Ranger and Poppy (it arrived on doggy date day) both ate them without complaint, but Poppy actually followed me around looking for more.
Secret? I snapped off a piece to try too. They were sort of like wheat thins with a cheesy undertone. Not too bad, but a little dry for my taste.
Definitely a treat I would feed them again.
Item 2: Twistix Vanilla Mint Flavour Dental Chews (value $7.50)
Ranger has great teeth, but his breath can be a little doggy. When I opened the package it smelled like the dentist. Both Ranger and Poppy took one each and settled in to chew. It took them both much longer than most chewable dental sticks and afterwards I let Ranger lick my face (which NEVER happens, I know what he does with that mouth) and it was a pleasant minty scent. Definitely favourite dental chew I have tried.
Item 3: Nootie Yumzies Duck Jerky Chews (value: $15.50)
These chews are made from American sourced duck and contain no wheat, corn, or soy. They are soft enough to divide into different sizes (they split easily into three and can be broken down from there). Both dogs ate their trial piece, but neither were crazy interested. Slim the cat really liked them though and kept trying to get another piece.
Item 4: Baker’s Best Autumn Harvest Goat Liver Recipe Dog Treats (unknown value)
These treats seem to be made from simply ingredients and are produced by Feelgood Treats Company in Delta, BC (Buy Canadian!) They are hard, but thin enough to snap into smaller pieces. Ranger and Poppy both took them willingly and crunched them up.
Item 5: PetSafe Pogo Plush Dog Toy (value: $12.50)
Ranger hasn’t been able to try this out yet as it is being saved for Christmas. This toy is neat because it contains no stuffing with free floating squeaker. The ‘frame’ of the toy has a bounce to it that allows for give while chewing. I think he’ll really like this toy, but with a more destructive dog I would be concerned for the arms.
Approximate total value: $45.00 plus Baker’s Best treats.
This was our first try at Barkbox and we were VERY happy with what came. All of the treats seemed well made and well received. I had been putting off getting treats for a week waiting so the fact it was mostly treats was great for us this month.
Now the waiting begins all over again!
Epilogue: Apparently Ranger thought this month’s barkbox was too good to ration. Our usually well behaved dog that wouldn’t touch a bowl of chips left on the table decided to devour EVERY bag of treats that were in the box. Luckily I had given some of each to my brother and had left the Baker’s Best on the counter; otherwise I can’t imagine how he would have felt.
Of course, Ranger didn’t even get a tummy ache and all that remained was a smug look of self satisfaction.
I’ll know for next month.