Barkbox Review – March 2014

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Today was Ranger’s favourite day of the month: BarkBox delivery day! I’m a horrible person and didn’t review February’s box, but Ranger wanted into it fast and the foster dog was here and it slipped to the side. Suffice to say, Ranger loved everything in it!

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 BARKFRIDAY to get $12 off a 6-month subscription. That’s only $17.00 per month!! Just go to Barkbox

And onto the goods:

Item: Pet Qwerks Doggone Times (approx value $10.00)

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This toy is great for Ranger because he is gentle with stuffed toys (despite his ability to chew through bones with his power jaws). It comes with squeakers and crinkle paper. There are pockets to put treats in to add more fun!

Item: West Paw Design Jive Dog Ball  (approx value $15.00)

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This ball has many positives: the ball floats in water, can bounce in all sorts of directions, and is listed as good for chewers. Jive Balls are made from recycled materials. It fits in a standard ball thrower and once it has lived its life, it is recyclable. Ranger has already been chasing it around the living room while we wait for the rain to stop.

Item: Wagatha’s Breakfast Biscuits (approx value $8.00)

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When I opened the box, you could smell the freshness of this product. The ingredients are organic, wheat-free, and lactose-free. They are made with apples, bananas, and cinnamon. Apparently the staff at Wagatha’s eat them with coffee, and I can see why.

Item: Superior Farms Venison Waffles 3oz (approx value $9.99)

Superior Farms Venison Waffles dog treats

These were hands down Ranger’s favourite part of this month’s Barkbox. They are single ingredient treats made with 100% pressed lung. They were easy to snap, and even Slim the cat joined in to have one tonight.

I’m becoming more and more of a fan for dehydrated real animal meat treats. They are easy to transport, have a good smell to them, and Ranger will be ANY trick to get one.

Item: Etta Says Crunchy Rabbit Chew (approx value $1.00)

Etta Says Rabbit dog chews

With no artificial colours, fillers, or preservatives, these chews are a mixture of rawhide and USA meat. They are listed as no odour and non-staining, but we will see when Ranger gets to have it. He hasn’t been a huge fan of rabbit meat, but maybe this will tempt him.

So that was this month; approximately $44.00 worth of dog stuff crammed in the little box. Definitely worth the money, and I may have added a couple items to Ranger’s Christmas list.

 

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Barkbox Review – January 2014

Today a knock at the door announced one of Ranger’s favourite times of the month: Barkbox delivery day!Image

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 BARKFRIDAY to get $12 off a 6-month subscription. That’s only $17.00 per month!! Just go to http://www.barkbox.com 

Anyway, onto the important stuff…the goodies

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Item: Grandma Bowser’s Country Oven Bisquits (6oz bag) (approx value $5.00)

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These treats are peanut butter flavoured and contain no wheat, corn, or soy. If that wasn’t good enough, they also add no preservatives, sugar or salt AND the peanut butter is human grade! I can also pronounce every ingredient on the packet. Ranger politely waited for me to get the package open, but for the first time I saw real drool. 

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Is that for me?! Begoodbegoodbegood….

Item: Think!Dog Louisiana Alligator Jerky (6oz) (approx value $7.00)

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I was interested to see if Ranger would like these considering he’s never eaten alligator before. These soft treats are the perfect size for training and contain no wheat, corn, soy, or artificial ingredients. Ingredients are grown/harvested in the USA and the meats are sourced from farms and fisheries within Louisiana. 

Ranger absolutely adores these treats and I think I’ll be popping a few in my pocket for recall training. A great option for people who have dogs with chicken/beef allergies; now if only I can get used to the smell of them. 

Item: Wigzi Stuff n’ Throw Pocket Ball (approx value $14.00) and Stuff n’ Crunch Treats (approx value $6.00)Image

 

Toys that can be combined to include treats are always a hit at this house. Currently Ranger has two kongs, an orange treat ball, and the BusyBuddy treat toy from last month’s BarkBox (which you can see here). The Wigzi is dishwasher safe, recyclable, and made in the USA. It has two pockets to shove the Stuff n’ Crunch Treats and will bounce AND float. 

The treats contain no wheat, soy, or articifical colours. I find they’re a little small to stay in the ball, but with all the treats I’ve received from BarkBox I am sure we’ll work it out. 

This Barkbox had approximately $32.00 worth of stuff which is way over the subscription price. Everything is going to be used and once again they have prevented me from dashing into the pet store each week to get presents. 

BarkBox – December 2013

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Today with excitement we met the mail carrier at the door for Ranger’s second BarkBox delivery. I think Ranger knew what was in the box before we even opened the door because he was VERY excited.

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 BARKFRIDAY to get $12 off a 6-month subscription. That’s only $17.00 per month!! Just go to http://www.barkbox.com 

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Every box comes with a card outlining what delicious and fun goodies are inside. This box looks like it has some fun items and they must smell good because Ranger needed a sit-stay to keep him away for me to take the pictures.

Item: Barkworthies Bully Sticks

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There is nothing Ranger like more than a good chew and bully sticks are the cream of the crop. With no chemicals or preservatives, this beef bladder chew was a big hit and even though we were waiting until Christmas to give him his goodies, he got this within a day of arrival.

Item: LICKS Liquid Vitamins Zen Treat for Dogs

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These all natural packets are made in the US and recommended for anxiety, poor mood, or aggressive behaviour. They promote a 98% absorption rate as opposed to 20%(pills) and 30%(powders and chews). It takes 30-60 minutes to start working and I may try these on our next longer road trip as Ranger still gets pretty drooly and unhappy.

Item: Hare of the Dog (Rabbit with Red Apple and Dandelion) Dog Treats

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Ranger hasn’t had a lot of treats with rabbit as a main ingredient, but these wheat-free treats that are ingredient-sourced and made in the USA certainly look good. They are supposed to wait until Christmas morning, but we tried one out. Instead of crunching it up right away, he took it to his bed and gave it a thorough sniffing before crunching it down. I guess we’ll see how he likes them when he is offered more.

Item: PetSafe Busy Buddy Chuckle Dog Toy

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I think this toy is going to be of great interest to Ranger. Currently he uses two kongs and a Treat Ball to keep his brain entertained and I am hoping this will be another toy we can add to his food puzzles. It says it is meant for powerful jaws and the ends can withstand molars. It makes a weird noise when dropped/shook and has prongs in each end that can be cut to modify the ease of use. Can’t wait to fill this one up.

Item: Planet Dog Eats Chicken and Pumpkin Pot Pie treats

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These treats contain NO wheat, corn, or soy. They are made with simple ingredients and Ranger had no problems scarfing down the test treat.

All told, I was really happy with this Barkbox. A new toy to add to the pile and some treats so I don’t break to the temptation of heading to the pet store 🙂

BarkBox – November 2013

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 

The goodies:

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Item: Bocce’s Bakery Truffle Mac and Cheese (value: $9.50)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

You’ve got mail!

Like most people I love receiving things in the mail. Things that aren’t bills. Things that are fun.

A person at work is signed up for a makeup mailing where each month she receives different cosmetics to try. What fun to receive each month…if you’re girly. 

So what would I like to receive in the mail?

I’ve been researching Barkbox for a while now and finally ordered it tonight. The first delivery will ship on November 15th and I feel like a kid at Christmas. 

Basically, you receive a box of dog related goodies each month. It is based on the size of your dog so we ordered the 50lbs+ size (which is listed as Big and Bold). It includes toys, treats, and grooming/veterinary supplies. 

So while I am sitting here past midnight looking at reviews and seeing what cool things people have already gotten in previous months, Ranger is conserving his energy for when things actually arrive.

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