I signed up for BarkBox around the same time I found Stitchfix, and believe initially I had a coupon or Groupon or some such to entice me. My old co-worker J has a little Havanese she brings to work every day, and we initially signed up for it together. Her dog, however, is very fussy about treats – IMHO the best part of BarkBox – so they shifted to Pawalla after just a couple of months. (Pawalla has since given up the ghost, and one day J received four boxes all at once to fulfill her subscription. She insisted on doling them out over the months, so when I left she still had at least one to go. Bummed I will never know what was in it!)
In the early days, I mostly continued with BarkBox because it was so much fun to open in the office with J. Since her dog doesn’t care much for treats, and my dogs will eat anything, we would barter with our box contents. Anything with a squeaker went to her, and anything that wasn’t lamb or duck or random trachea went to me. Her dog is wild for trachea! There were other dog people in the office, so anything that didn’t work for either of us got handed out to whoever wanted it. At times, we’d have three or four people gathered around the desk for an unveiling.
These days, I continue with BarkBox because it’s easier to get high-quality treats in the mail than it is to remember to go to the pet store. And, just like with all my other boxes, I love seeing new things and learning of new brands. Truly, the food that comes in these boxes is top notch. I only ever find it in boutique pet stores, and there has never been anything shoddy that I wouldn’t want my dogs to have. We can take or leave the toys. Both Huck and Cooper can chew through anything – ANYTHING – in five minutes or less, regardless of how tough it claims to be. But the box is worth it for the snacks.
This month, the bulk of our box ended up being a Christmas gift for Joel’s brother’s dog, Colton. Colton is a very energetic boxer, under two years old. He and Huck got along like a house on fire, chasing each other full speed around an entire dog park. Cooper does not appreciate his puppy energy. And that is all I will say about that. We gave Colton a bag of treats, the bully stick, and the chew toy. He wasn’t there to get it in person, but I will assume he was pleased.
The rest of the goodies have gone into the doggie storage bin, where they are waiting behind a couple of ram’s horns to be cracked into. Ram’s horns! There are so many horns and antlers in the pet stores here in Minnesota, it’s crazy. I’ve threatened to start a Dogs Eating Horns Tumblr.
Stuff in this month’s BarkBox:
- Superior Farms Pet Provisions Lamb Toasters. This is dried lamb lung, and I am sure that Shorty the Havanese would have been thrilled to try them, being the connoisseur of lamb bits that she is. I have to say, this packaging also hits me right in the sweet spot. It just FEELS like a good, high-quality product. I’d pay way more for this lamb lung that lamb lung in shoddy packaging.
- Plato EOS Turkey with Cranberry dog treats. I’m also a sucker for non-cheesy dog stuff that ties into human holidays. My boys very rarely get people food, the Christmas ham I fed them notwithstanding, but I like giving them a thematic treat. This bag went to Colton, and his mom-shaped-person seemed very pleased.
- Jax and Bones Good Karma rope toy. I know Jax and Bones because I covet their dog beds, which I will not buy for my guys because a) the large size is expensive and b) every six months or so one of my dogs gets a wild hair and destroys one of the dog beds. Huck, in fact, destroyed a Doctors Foster & Smith Cozy Cave last week. I appreciate the idea of this rope toy, though. When you buy through Jax and Bones, they will donate to a rescue organization. This also went to Colton, who I trust has eaten off its cute little penguin face by now.
- Wet Noses peanut butter biscuit. I’ve bought Wet Noses treats before, both the sweet potato and the peanut butter. My boys are cuckoo for peanut butter, so I kept this one. It’s a large bone-shaped biscuit, and easily broken in two for sharing.
- Barkworthies bully stick. Items like this complicate my life a little, because it’s hard for two dogs to share one bully stick. (I used to cut them apart with wire cutters, but I’m just not into that anymore.) We gave this one to Colton. On a side note, we got Barkworthies Bully Flakes several boxes ago. I tried it a couple of times just sprinkled on dog food, and it deterred both dogs from eating their dinner. I did mix it in with some pumpkin and kibble and stuff it in a Kong once, and they seemed to eat it just fine. I still have half a bag sitting around somewhere that I should probably throw away. How long do bully flakes keep for? Do they go bad?