Subscription Box Insanity: BarkBox (Sep. ’14)

Meet Wednesday...& Bark Box!

Meet Wednesday…& BarkBox!

In case you were wondering if I was the only one partaking in the subscription box fun, the answer is a resounding no! Meet a beloved member of our little family, my fur-baby Wednesday!

There are a lot of great stories to tell you about Wednesday, and since I have you here as a captive audience, you will likely hear more than your fair share. Suffice it to say that she is a persnickety thing who is also possibly very spoiled. Here is the latest example, courtesy of dog-focused subscription service BarkBox!

(See my other BarkBox reviews here.)

THE DETAILS: BarkBox is for dogs only and allows you to somewhat personalize your monthly boxes based on the size of your pet. So Wednesday’s box is for larger dogs of course. It is normally $29 a month but I decided to get a full year subscription so with a coupon I had, got the boxes for about $17 a month. Not bad if you have a heavy chewer like we do. We’d spend at least that much a month on chewing bones, treats, and toys that die quick deaths so it saves us some time having them delivered to our door. The monthly price includes shipping and the box will ship throughout the U.S. and Canada. From what I can tell, the box is non-refundable though BarkBox will allow you to return a defective item for a replacement.

It’s so funny when a BarkBox comes in to the house because W, with her keen sense of smell, knows it’s something good and is all wagging stubby tale and doggy smiles! This time we let her help with the unboxing.

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Drumroll please!

 Here’s the first look. Really cute paper which W, being super nosey, barely gave us enough time to even take a picture of.

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The big reveal

And now for the big reveal! BarkBox usually includes a fun card stating the theme (September Back to School of course!). On the opposite side, a list of the items in the box and their codes are available for quick re-order.  I’ve never used this service, which you involves texting in with the reorder code, so if any of you have, let me know how it is? By the way, I believe nearly all of the items BarkBox sends are made in the U.S. which is just another reason this subscription is a winner in our books.

Pull toy with tennis balls!

First out of the box is a regular crowd-pleaser! It combines all of W’s favorites in a toy: tennis balls, pull rope, soft flippy things that can be torn off and strewn all over the house. And it has come in Dallas Cowboy colors, so my husband thinks it’s a win, too! As he will be the one vacuuming this up later as his prize, I’m good with it as well. -smile- The Fabdog Pom Poms toy retails for $10.

Second toy?!

Second toy?!

This is our third BarkBox and I’m super excited to find a second toy in it! The last two only included one toy each and if I have a semi-peeve with this subscription it’s all the treats. Sadly, to W’s dismay, this one got put away on her “stuff shelf” for later. Else we’d have double the destruction in half the time. In any case, I liked this one because of the play on “Oxford”, a place I spent a few months at for Study Abroad back in the day. The Safemade Pet Pawxford Pennant retails for $7.

Treats 1

Treats 1 & 2

And now for even more good stuff! The bag is chock full of sweet potato treats by a company called Bark Worthies. These Sweet Potato Steak Fries retail for $8. W is surprisingly a fan of sweet potato. There is also a treat stick. W got one of these in the last box and I swear I gave it to her, turned away for 30 seconds, and it was gone! The Etta Says Duck Chew retails for $4.

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Treats 3


Last but not least was this box of Petsafe Indigo Smokehouse Strips (Bacon flavor). We try to ration out Wednesday’s treats so that she doesn’t end up with an upset tummy but these got a lot of her attention during the unboxing so once we do open them, they may go fast! These retail for $7.

Happy dog!

Happy dog!

In evaluating her haul, you can see from this picture that W definitely finds the value in this month’s box! By my calculation, the total dollar value comes to about $36. That’s almost double what I paid, so I’d say it’s there for us as well. Two paws up for BarkBox!

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