Treating the Pups to BarkBox!

Happy National Dog Day!  In honor of this special day, I have a fun pooch-related post for you guys today.

Last month I gave a quick doggie update because a few readers had been asking about them!  They are having a great summer, and a particularly fun month because we’ve traveled quite a bit.  When we go out of town – depending on dog sitter availability and length of our trip – we use a mix of dogsitters and boarding.  Our dogsitters are wonderful and take the pups on long walks every day, and they are always exhausted when we get home.

Indy doesn’t do well with other dogs so he isn’t boarded anymore, but sometimes we still send Huey to “the ranch” – which is a 5 acre boarding facility where the dogs run in the sunshine all day long.  He absolutely loves it, and he sleeps for days after his visits.  And they even have a dog van pick up and drop off service – it’s amazing and I wish we could still send them both there!

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But we’ve definitely learned through the years to pay attention to their individual personalities and likes and dislikes.  In recent years, we haven’t given them many toys or things to play with because they would either be destroyed instantly, or it would lead to lots of fighting and growling.  They each have one of these goughnuts, but that’s the extent of their toy collection.  But now that the dogs spend most of their time separated within the house, I thought it might be fun to try giving them some new doggie toys to play with again.  I got the chance to try out Barkbox, which seemed like it would be a nice treat for them!

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Barkbox is a monthly subscription box that is just for pups!  We’ve tried other boxes at our house before, but it’s always been things for us or the kids.  How fun to have something delivered for the doggies!  Here are a few key points:

  • Each monthly BarkBox contains 4-6 full sized products – including toys and gadgets, all natural, healthy treats, stuffed animals, and more.
  • BarkBox edible products do not include formaldehyde and are made with minimal processing; no glycerin whenever possible; wheat, gluten, soy, corn, filler-free whenever possible; organic whenever possible.
  • Subscribers can opt for the special allergy-friendly BarkBox for pups who are allergic to beef, chicken, turkey, gluten, wheat, soy, and corn. (Users will need to email happy@barkbox.com once they’ve purchased their subscription to get added to the allergy box list).
  • Toys, grooming products, and hygiene products are almost always source from American vendors.
  • Plans range from $19-$29 per month and are tailored to your dog’s size.
  • BarkBox offers heavy chewer boxes, as well as a Scout’s Honor pawlicy where BarkBox will replace an item your pup didn’t like or destroyed too quickly or was otherwise just unsatisfactory.
  • 10% of all profits go to shelters and together with the BarkGood program, they are working with over 3,000 shelters and rescues around the  U.S. and Canada!

We tried two different boxes, and I let Indy help me unpack the first one…

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I thought it was really cute that the box had a theme – this one was “Garden Party!”  I am always a sucker for great packaging, and BarkBox did not disappoint in this department.

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Our first box contained the following: a stuffed bumble bee…

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The Dog Pyramid – for hiding treats inside for the pups to find…

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Hare of the Dog “rabbit recipe” dog treats…

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This TurboPup complete K9 meal bar (I totally remember seeing these on Shark Tank a few years ago!)…

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And this Crunchy Turkey Chew – more on this one down below…

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Our second box was just as exciting to open, and one had a general pup theme with equally adorable tissue paper.

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A fuzzy squirrel stuffed animal…

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Apple Cobbler snicky snaks dog treats…

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This fun rope toy, which I knew would be an instant hit…

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And a butcher’s block bone (again more on this one below)…

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Since Indy was with me when I opened up the boxes, I let him have first pick of the toys.  He went straight for the rope, as expected.

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He tossed it up in the air and rolled around with it for a long time – a definite hit!

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Next up it was Huey’s turn to pick out a toy.  He is a little harder to give toys to, since he is obsessed with playing fetch.  He will turn anything into a game (that never, ever ends).

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I offered him the bumble bee, and he hesitated at first – I think he wasn’t sure if he was allowed to have it?  Then he grabbed it and immediately took off for the steps, which I knew meant he was going to go hide.  This is a classic Huey move.

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About ten minutes later I went to check on him (okay really, on the bumble bee) and I took this as a bad sign…

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I found him in our bedroom doorway looking very sheepish.

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He then preceded to run around our house with the mangled bee, growling at anyone who came near him.  And this whole drama reminded me why I don’t give Huey toys anymore!

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I ended up using some of the yummy BarkBox treats to lure the bee away – poor thing never stood a chance.

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If I were ordering BarkBox again for my own dogs, I’d make sure to opt in for the Allergy-Friendly box – which doesn’t include any chicken, beef, or turkey (as well as the heavy chewers box!).  We actually don’t give our dogs animal bones or treats (as part of our vegetarian lifestyle), so I’d want to make sure I could opt out of those next time.  I gifted our bones to my sister’s pup, who was very happy to receive them.

My dogs tend to be pretty destructive (and possessive) when it comes to toys, so I think this is better suited for dogs who are more playful and treat their toys sort of like kids do with stuffed animals.  I would definitely use it as a great gift option for friends and family!  My little sister has the most adorable puppy who is spoiled rotten with toys and treats.

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I mean…seriously.

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It would make a fun gift for Sarah (and Darcy dog!) for a holiday or just a nice surprise one month.  And I have a lot of other friends with dogs who I know would enjoy some new treats and toys here and there.

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I also think it would be a great gift for any doggie parents who are expecting (or have recently had) a new baby, or for someone who has recently moved or had another big life change.  As I have witnessed firsthand through many moves and two kids, big life changes affect our pups a lot, and we always get our dogs to new fluffy beds or treats of some kind so they don’t feel left out of big transitions.  BarkBox would be the perfect option to send to a pup who has a new house or a new baby brother or sister!

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Many thanks to BarkBox for allowing me to try out their boxes!  If you are interested in trying our BarkBox for yourself, Daily Garnish readers can use the coupon code DAILYGARNISH to get one free month on any subscription plan! (So if you purchase a 3-month plan, you’ll receive 4 months of BarkBox, if you purchase a 6-month plan you’ll receive 7 months, etc…).  I hope there are a lot of happy pups out there that get to enjoy some new treats!

Our dogs will be enjoying the snacks from our dogsitter when we head out of town again next week!

This post was sponsored by BarkBox, and all opinions and photos are my own.  Thanks for your continued support of Daily Garnish.