It normally wouldn’t take me this long to review my monthly BarkBox, but this time I received a meatball mixture which required me to cook. I thought, for about two days, about throwing it away and pretending it never happened. Then I bought the hamburger and had to repurpose it for an impromptu dinner when some steak we had purchased turned prematurely green and stinky. Finally, I bought more meat last week, and eventually forced myself to cook the damn things when the “use or freeze by” date was fast approaching.
Spoiler Alert! Dogs like meatballs. (Skip to the bottom of this post to watch Cooper eat one in slow motion. You won’t be sorry!)
- Mutt Meatballs treat mix. My batch seemed heavy on the dried parsley, or maybe just heavy on the dried-parsley smell. Was definitely pungent while raw in the bowl, and sadly did not fill the kitchen with that familiar cooking-meat smell. Was sort of…weedy. The ratio of meat to mix was a wee bit off – lots of oats left in my bowl, after mixing and mixing. Maybe a pound and a half would work better? My dogs gobbled them right up, though, and Cooper makes the most amazing face ever whilst doing it. For some reason, he moves the entire meatball to his back teeth, forcing him to open his mouth really wide while he nom noms it. Adorable.
- Loving Pets Barksters Sweet Potato and Beef treats. Stuff like this is why I keep my BarkBox subscription. My guys get treats at a couple of key moments every day, plus at least one spontaneous snack, and that adds up. I love getting quality treats in the mail, saving me the time spent roaming the aisles of my local pet store trying to decide what looks more delicious. My guys will eat anything with sweet potato or pumpkin, so even though we haven’t opened these yet, I know they’ll be a hit.
- Happy Howie’s Lamb Sausages. Not quite as ridiculous as making meatballs for your dogs, but these sausages look and smell like something I’d eat myself. Is it possible that human-esque treats will make Huck and Cooper beg more for human food? There’s no telling, but these treats are perfect for hide-and-seek, a game at which Huck is v. v. good.
- The Sprong! football dog toy. It feels a little weird that I couldn’t find a website for the manufacturer. Are they really bad at search engine optimization, or do they not have a website? Instead, I’m linking to a review that convinced me to give this toy a try. Like other BarkBox reviewers, the Sprong! feels ways too lightweight for my heavy chewers. It’s also covered in fuzz, which is something Cooper likes to delicately nibble off of tennis balls, and is probably not awesome for his insides. And, I’ll be honest, it has a really annoying squeaker. Still, sounds like it’ll hold up better than expected, so it’s at least worth a go on one of these cold days when playing outside for any length of time isn’t an option.
- LICKS ATHLETE. I’m not opposed to giving my dogs supplements. For a while we were on a fish oil kick, which was meant to help Cooper’s itchy skin. It didn’t, and the smell of the tablets grossed me out, so I stopped. Now Cooper gets Glycoflex III chews twice a day in his food, to help with his achy hips. Those have seemed to make him a bit more spry, so I buy them in bulk on Amazon. BarkBox has sent LICKS before, and it’s one of the items I am least likely to ever use. Though my guys do have heavy-workout days – Huck ran nine miles with me a couple of weeks ago – it would take three packets of LICKS to each bowl of water because of their size. That’s an expensive habit, and not one I’m convinced will pay dividends. I’ll use ’em after the next long run, but will never buy them.