As a first time dog owner, I definitely spoil my semi-rambunctious Shiba Inu girl. Spoil her enough to sign up for a subscription service for her! I’m always getting her new treats and toys and I shy away from getting lower grade products that you’ll usually find at big chain suppliers like Petco and Petsmart. It’s hard to find healthier alternatives especially when I don’t have a means of knowing what brands are indeed good. (Brands made popular from heavy advertisements and commercials are usually the ones you should stay away.) BarkBox caught my eye when it showed up as a Groupon deal a few times.
A quick Google search shows that they have fairly decent products in each box. Although it is a pricey $29/month subscription with free shipping, but they guarantee that each box will have $40 value plus 10% of their proceeds are donated to animal shelters. Prices are better if you subscribe for a longer term. The Groupon deal yielded to $18.33/month for 6 month subscription for me. That’s close to how much I spend on a monthly basis for my dog so it didn’t take me that long to click the “Checkout” button.
The boxes are supposed to be shipped out on the 15th of every month and lucky for me, I received it on the day of. My dog must have sniffed the contents, because she was very eager to rip open the box herself. Inside the box were the following:
- Etta Says Deer Chew ($4) – the first thing my dog jumped onto and wouldn’t stop begging for it. At first I thought it was a bully stick, but I could easily break it in half with my hands. It’s a mixture of rawhide and deer meat that looks easy to devour. Though the price seems to average a $1 at Chewy.com.
- Complete Natural Nutrition Off-Leash Stix ($9) – my dog hasn’t tried these yet, but they’re dental chews that look like it won’t last become a long chewing session.
- Puppy Love Wild Alaskan Salmon Jerky Treat ($11) – I actually vaguely remember seeing these in souvenir shops in Alaska this past June, but I didn’t buy it then. These are not your usual hard to jerky, they’re actually really soft almost like a cured smoked salmon.
- Dex & Penny Squeaky Icicle ($11) – a bouncy rubber toy that I can hardly make squeak with both my hands! This is one reason that I like about BarkBox, they give toys based on the size your dog. This toy was definitely for the bigger dogs. My Shiba Inu only makes it squeak occasionally, unlike her Kong tennis balls.
- Delca Corp Adorable Snowman ($9) – this would probably have been my dog’s favorite new toy (she has a thing for white fluffiness), unfortunately it didn’t last more than 5 mins out of the box. The stitching must have been loose, because the middle chest of the snowman just popped open exposing all the cotton and the squeaker inside. I emailed the customer service and they gave me a $10 coupon code to use to purchase a new product on their site with free shipping. At least customer service is good.
This month was an arguable $44 value box, but the contents does exceed the $18 that I paid with the Groupon. And I’m happy to discover a new brand that I can easily repurchase at Chewy.com. If you’re interested in trying out BarkBox, you can sign up here for 10% off your first subscription.
What do you guys think? Is a subscription box for your dog a little weird?