I cannot believe it’s true, but thanks to BarkBox, we actually have a nice stockpile of dog treats. This is the first time in seven years that I’ve had a backlog of things to choose from, which means that I haven’t gotten around to any of the goodies in the March BarkBox.
Rather than drag this out any longer until we get around to using everything, I figured I’d go ahead and tell ya’ll what I got. Shall we?
- Etta Says duck chew. Huh. I guess I lied when I said we hadn’t gotten around to ANYTHING, because Cooper ate this almost immediately as a sorry-we’re-taking-your-obnoxious-brother-somewhere-while-you-stay-at-home treat. He loves anything made of meat, and practically swallowed it whole.
- The Doggone Times toy from Pet Qwerks. A newspaper toy for dogs is mildly amusing, but this one is nowhere near tough enough for my guys. It has three squeakers and something inside that crinkles, but the outer fabric feels really flimsy. Rather than risk certain, sudden death of the toy, I tossed it down the basement stairs where it was lovingly embraced by the giant Toby-cat. He likes the way it crinkles and has adopted it for his own. (You can see him lurking, as is his habit, in the picture above.)
- The Jive ball from West Paw Design. This is such a super-cool company. They offer a recycling program for their rubber toys, and also offer a one-time replacement toy if your dog manages to destroy anything from the Zogoflex line. I’ve had a Jive ball for years – it’s oddly shaped, so it bounces willy-nilly – and neither of my dogs have taken to it. It’s actually in a box in the kitchen, transported from a box in my California kitchen, where it was placed after rolling around in the muddy backyard without seeing much action. I gave the new ball to one of the dogs at my office, hoping she could get something out of it!
- Superior Farms venison waffles. BarkBox really likes Superior Farms. I feel like I’ve seen their products once or twice before since I subscribed. Not that I mind! My dogs love these meaty-treats, definitely more than the biscuity ones.
- Wagatha’s Breakfast Biscuits. According to the info card provided in my BarkBox, the humans at Wagatha’s eat these, too. This makes me nostalgic for the days at my old job when we used to get the CEO to try all the human grade dog treats. I’ll have to see if Claire is brave enough to try them!
We did some math recently and realized we’re spending a small fortune on all the dog walkers, pet sitters and doggie daycare. Now that it’s getting warmer outside, Joel and I are trying to rededicate ourselves to taking the dogs on regular runs/walks. (Of course, this week it’s going to be in the 40s the whole time with 100% chance of snow, which is so freaking depressing I cannot even tell you.) The goal is to cut back on Huck’s daycare to just a couple of days a week – maybe even eliminating it all together – and to get Cooper more accustomed to the neighborhood.
I mention this because it takes a whole lot of treats to get the dogs to focus on the goose- and squirrel-infested sidewalks, so we will most certainly be putting our BarkBox stockpile to good use in the coming weeks! I have also been buying treats from Best Bully Sticks, which is a terrible no-good awful name for a business, but a pretty great website. You can buy the bully sticks based on length and thickness, and they also sell “odorless” ones. I use the quotation marks because they still smell, but are way less gross than the usual ones. They sell stuff besides the bull peen, too. The prices are very reasonable, and they always have coupons. A guy at work turned me onto them, and I highly recommend checking it out.