Review: August Barkbox

We are loyal Barkbox subscribers and though we have reviewed the boxes in the past, it’s been a while since we updated.  We recently re-upped for another year of Barkboxes because it is our favorite subscription box.  We’ve only been disappointed in one box, which still amazes me.  It’s incredible that the Barkboxers manage to fill every box with unique, interesting products!

This month’s box was no different.  Based on a water theme, we received a shark pool toy (complete with a squeaker, rope, and tennis ball inside!), two different types of treats, and Ice Pup mix, and bully stick flakes (can’t wait to mix them in a frozen Kong!).

As always, we highly recommend subscribing to Barkbox.  We love it so much that we keep giving subscriptions as gifts!  And if you subscribe using this link, you will get $5 off your order and the Aussies will earn a free month! Clearly, that’s a win-win situation. Haha!

 

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This is very last minute, but I have a 3-month subscription to BarkBox to give away!  You must be a new subscriber to Barkbox in order to use the code and you must redeem it by October 26th, 2012.  That’s this Friday!

I purchased a Groupon for Barkbox a few weeks ago, planning to use it to give a gift subscription, only to discover the code is for new subscribers only.  I may have purchased two codes, and now I have an extra.  My loss is your gain!

To enter:

  • Complete at least one of the options on the Rafflecopter widget in this post.
  • Contest closes at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, October 25, 2012.
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  • Code will be emailed to winner Thursday night or very early Friday morning.

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Our September Barkbox!

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The Aussies know when their Barkbox is delivered.  This month’s was especially easy to find because Bailey could smell the treat inside as soon as we reached the porch, where the box was up against the front door.  I barely got it inside before they tried to open it themselves! And once I did get it open, they were right there, sticking their noses inside!  I have to let them look through the box before I even get a chance to take anything out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bailey was a thief!  The first item out of the box was the Barkworthies Braided Bully Stick.  I’m pretty sure Bailey was hoping that I did not see her steal it and run off.  She was not a happy Aussie when I took it back.  However, she did get to enjoy it later that night and it was a big hit.  We love Bully Sticks around here, but the humans do not enjoy the smell.  This Bully Stick had very little odor.  A win for us and a win for the dogs!

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The rest of the box was also great.  The Whole Life Freeze Dried Sweet Potatoes came with us on our walk today and both dogs enjoyed them.  I was excited to see that the doggie daycare the Aussies sometimes visit now carries the Whole Life treats.  We got a sample of the freeze dried chicken and I will definitely be picking up a whole bag of those!

I haven’t tried the L.A. Fresh Wag Wipes yet, but we will certainly put them to good use.  The Aussome Aussies love mud and detest baths, so anything that makes cleanup easier is good for all of us. The Zukes Z-Bone will also be put to good use because it is a breath freshener.  Bailey has terrible breath sometimes, despite her sparkling white teeth, so I’m always on the lookout for breath fresheners that she likes.  We’ve tried the Zukes line of treats in the past and the Aussies love them. so I’m sure this won’t be any different! Perhaps we will use this month’s $10 coupon for Wag.com to order some more!

The last item in the box was the Zigoo Pets Crinket Toy.  I love the idea of this toy- a way to let the dogs play with water bottles without tearing them into tiny pieces of plastic.  This toy is made from a flexible, durable, vanilla-scented material. It smells delicious!  But the medium Barkbox seems to have had a medium Crinket toy, which I can’t find on the website.  The medium is just a weird size.  The 8oz water bottles are too small to fill it and the 16.9 oz water bottles hang out too much (the Aussies can still destroy a quarter of the water bottle).  Plus, it’s really hard to get the water bottle into the toy.  It looks like the large Barkbox got a large Crinket toy and it seems that size is much easier to work with.  I think if the medium boxes had included the large toy I would be more satisfied with it.  I love the idea of the Crinket but the execution just didn’t cut it for us.  (This is why I love Barkbox.  I get to try a toy I might not have purchased otherwise.  Now I know that if I see a large size I should grab it!)

Barkbox is awesome!  As usual, I can’t recommend it enough!  Click here to order your own subscription.  (You get $5 off and I earn a free month!)

*I was not paid for this review in any way. I stumbled upon Barkbox while reading another blog back in April and subscribed almost immediately.  Opinions are my own! 

August Barkbox Review

The middle of the month is very popular around here.  Sometime around the 15th of the month, our Barkbox arrives!  The Aussies know when it’s here, because unlike the other boxes that arrive on our porch this one always smells like treats.  As soon as I bring the box into the house the Aussies are following me around, herding me into the family room so I can open it.

This month’s box was another hit!

Checking out the goodies!

This month’s box was awesome!  The first item out of the box and quickly out of the packaging was the Hyper Pet™ Flying Series Slingshot Flying Pig.   This is a slingshot toy that can shoot over 100 feet!  We haven’t tried it outside yet, but it certainly flys far in the house!  The Aussies also love the rope toy attached to the pig.  I’m not sure how long the pig will last around here, as it seems ripe for holes from Aussie teeth, but no stuffed toy lasts very long at our house anyway.  This one is a big hit right now, though!

Playing tugs with the flying pig!

The Aussie’s least favorite item in this month’s box was my favorite.  The NATURE’S MIRACLE Freshening Spray for Dogs is like a leave-in conditioner for dogs.  You can use it between baths to keep your dogs smelling fresh and clean.  The Aussies are not big fans of taking baths and they tend to dislike anything that represents bath time. However, I can’t wait to use this to keep them smelling fresh and clean!

This box also included a moose antler from Acadia Antlers! Dublin and Bailey LOVE LOVE LOVE antlers.  We have deer antlers and elk antlers laying all over the house.  I haven’t given them the Acadia Antler yet because we only have one and that won’t go over very well. As soon as I have another moose antler they will be thrilled to chew away on them. Antlers are awesome because they last forever, they don’t break, and the marrow is delicious (to the dogs)!  They also don’t smell and don’t stain, which makes this owner quite happy.  Plus, they are a renewable resource, as they are collected after the deer, elk, or moose drops them each year.

Finally, we got two bags of treats this time.  First, we got a sample of Milkbone’s new Trail Mix for Dogs.  The Aussies tore through that and it’s already gone!  But the best treat is the Bocce’s Bakery Elvis, a banana, peanut butter, and turkey bacon treat.  The Aussies sniffed that out immediately and I think they would have eaten the whole bag right then if I let them.  But we are trying to ration the delicious treats!  Just a few each day.  🙂

Once again, Barkbox hits it out of the park!  I enjoy each month’s offerings almost as much as the Aussies do!

Click here to order your own subscription.  (You get $5 off and I earn a free month!)

*I was not paid for this review in any way. I stumbled upon Barkbox while reading another blog back in April and subscribed almost immediately.  Opinions are my own! 

Will Work for Food: Tumbleweed & Eddie’s

20120726-143132.jpg Last month’s Barkbox included treats from Tumbleweed & Eddie’s.  The dogs loved the treats that we got so I decided to go online and order some more. When I logged onto the company’s website I was thrilled to discover that they are located only a few towns away from me.  They sell their treats at a few local farmers’ markets and I decided to take the Aussies to one so that we could see all the options.

Tumbleweed & Eddie’s treats are made with human grade ingredients and they are wheat-free.  This is important to me because I try to feed the dogs grain-free food.  Aussies are notorious for their sensitive stomachs and Dublin definitely does better with fewer grains.  Bailey, on the other hand, is a living garbage disposal and nothing bothers her! The Tumbleweed & Eddie’s treats are baked in small batches and the combinations are unlike anything you find in a big box store.

At the farmers’ market we ended up buying a few Double Nut Super Boosts and Minty Breath Busters.  These were quite popular with the Aussies, who were dismayed that they were not able to stand at the table and try every single treat being offered.  Let me tell you- the noses were going wild while we shopped!

I also purchased a bug repellant shampoo bar because we spend a lot of time in the woods hiking.  The mosquitos and gnats are always bugging the Aussies and I don’t want to spray them with more chemicals.  We use Certifect to kill ticks, but it doesn’t stop other stinging bugs. We haven’t tried the soap yet but it smells amazing!

I wanted to head back to the farmers’ market last weekend but it ended up being cancelled because of the weather.  Tumbleweed & Eddie’s announced on Facebook that their stash for that day was on sale (that’s how fresh they are!) so I ended up placing a quick order.  Tumbleweed & Eddie’s offers free shipping, so it was a no-brainer.  We ended up getting some jerky and Puppy Butter. I’m especially excited about the Puppy Butter because Bailey had ridiculously soft paws and she tends to scrape them when she runs a lot.  I’m hoping the Puppy Butter helps a bit!

I highly, highly recommend Tumbleweed & Eddie’s treats for anyone who wants human-grade, all-natural treats that are fresh and delicious.  The Aussome Aussies give them 4 paws up!

 

(We go through a lot of treats around here because the Aussies love to learn and work.  Thankfully, they also run a lot, so we don’t have to worry about weight gain.)

July Barkbox Review

Dublin and Bailey love Barkbox!  Barkbox is a subscription box for dogs.  Every month you get a box with 4-5 handpicked items for your pups.  So far we have gotten treats, toys, shampoo, a towel, bubbles, and lots more.  We have a six-month subscription and we will definitely be re-upping when our subscription is up!

This was our third Barkbox and each one has been better than the last.  This month’s theme was summer and it was packed with lots of goodies to play with outside.

Investigating the box after it arrived.

This month’s box included Incredibubbles, a PetProjekt squeaky t-bone steak, Yumzies all-natural treats, Metropaws poop bags, a Spinz treat toy, and a $10 off coupon for Petflow.com.

Bailey’s favorite toy is definitely the PetProjekt T-bone steak! She took it out immediately and it’s her go-to toy right now. It squeaks loudly and seems to hold up really well. Bailey has the jaws of a lion and she hasn’t been able to put a dent in this one!  Dublin also love it, but rarely gets a chance to play with it. I think I will need to buy another Pet Projekt toy!

The Incredibubbles were also a huge hit! They are peach-flavored and dog-safe, but the best part is they are long-lasting.  They don’t pop when they land!  The Aussies went crazy for these.  I love that they don’t stain and it looks like the small jar will last for a while.  I recorded Dublin and Bailey playing with the bubbles today and made a short video. Click below to see it.

Dublin and Bailey vs. The Incredibubbles!

We haven’t tried the Spinz from this month’s box, but Dublin has had one in the past.  I know my super-chewers can get through these in 10 minutes or less, but they do enjoy them.  We are saving ours for now. The Yumzies treats have been popular with the Aussies and I love that they are made with lots of good stuff and are American made!

Speaking of American made, I contacted Barkbox when we received this month’s box because I noticed that the t-bone steak was made in China.  I avoid pet products made in China when possible so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to give it to the Aussies.  However, their customer service got back to me right away and explained that the product is made in a highly regulated factory overseas.  This made me feel much better and the Aussies are very happy that they get to keep the steak. 🙂

If you have a dog or dogs, I highly recommend Barkbox!  It’s tons of fun for humans and dogs and it’s well worth the price.    It’s $25/month, $21 for a 3 month subscription,  or $17 for a 6 month subscription.  Shipping is always free.  You can choose from three dog sizes (small, medium, and large).  My two share a medium size box.

Click here to order your own subscription.  (You get $5 off and I earn a free month!)

*I was not paid for this review in any way. I stumbled upon Barkbox while reading another blog back in April and subscribed almost immediately.  Opinions are my own!