Barkbox June 2013 Review

It is June 19th and I received my second (Large) Barkbox for the month of June. Although this time I didn’t score a toy, this box came with 5 different items, all of them centralized around a 4th of July picnic theme. Last time my pets were spoiled with a toy, but this time it looks like I’ll get to kick back on my July birthday and give my pets a little taste of the bbq.

As usual, here is a fast list of the items I scored with a more in depth description of the products below.

  • 1 – 12 fl oz bottle of Bowser Beer in a Beefy Brown Ale flavor ($19.99 per 6 pack)
  • 1 – 1.2 oz  bag Whole Life Tail Mix Grilled Sirloin Burgers ($7 for 2 oz)
  • 1 –  2 oz bag of Puptato Chips made of Sweet Potato ($4.99 for 2 oz)
  • 1 – Butcher’s Block Bones The Champ Hickory Smoked Beef Dog Bone ($11.49 per bone)
  • 1 – Box of 7 count Dale Edgar Calm K-9 Nutri-wafers ($14.95 for 14 count)

Bowser Beer (Non-alcoholic) – Beefy Brown Ale

Bowser Beer is a beef-based drink that does not contain alcohol or carbonation. It does contain malt barley extract which you can find in your human beer, and they also added glucosamine to help with your dogs joints as an additive. Each bottle should cover a medium to large dog, but if you want to give it to a smaller dog, half a bottle should do. As far as serving this malt beverage to your canine buddy, it can be served straight from the bottle, poured over dry kibble, diluted in water, or even pour it over crushed ice as a cool treat on a hot summer day. There are two different flavors; chicken and beef. If you go through their company website you can even add a custom label to your bottles with a picture of your best friend. A normal 6-pack will run you $19.99 while a custom label six pack will cost $29.99 and is available at

Whole Life Tail Mix Grilled Sirloin Burgers

Whole Life’s Tail Mix products are actual USDA organic meats that are freeze dried to provide a concentrated tasty treat. Since they take actual meat to make these products, they are not filled with fillers, chemicals, additives, or preservatives. The treats are crunchy out of the bag but can quickly be rehydrated with warm water for older dogs that may have difficulty with harder treats.

Whole Life appears to pride themselves on their quality, food processing, and global sustainability. If it is very important to you that your dog treats are not only tasty, but come from a safe source that looks at all aspects of how their product is created, I would suggest taking a closer look at Whole Life Pet Products. I will admit that the quality comes at a price though. A 4 oz bag retails at $16.49. You can find answers to frequently asked questions about their products on their website. Whole Life Products FAQ.

Puptato Chips

The Puptato Chips are made from dried sweet potatoes. They are a very healthy snack that mimics the very unhealthy human potato chip. For me, those most intriguing thing about the Puptato Chips is that the company that makes Puptato Chips makes Cake Mix for dogs. If you go to their website, you can find chocolate (carob) cake, red velvet, banana, and peanut butter flavored cake mixes including the frosting for dogs. The dog cake mix and frosting boxes retail $6.99 and the Puptato Chips retail for $4.99. More information about the products can be found at

Butcher’s Block Bones – The Champ

The Champ is a large hickory smoked beef dog bone. This particular bone even comes with the warning that it should not be given to your dog on the carpet because of the potential of messiness and I assume smokiness could stain your carpet. The bones are 7-8″ beef shank bone slow roasted for up to 36 hours and infused with natural flavoring. They are made in the USA and come from USDA inspected beef. The bones are also harvested from cattle that are 29 months or younger to ensure that the bones do not splinter. This bone can be found on right now for $11.49. The Champ Amazon Link

Dale Edgar Brand Calm K9 Nutri-wafers

Dale Edgar’s states that a calm dog is a content dog. These Calm K9 nutria-wafers are to help calm your dog from otherwise stressful events such as fireworks or thunderstorms. They contain Omega3, Thiamine, Magnesium Sulfate, Chamomile Extract, and Ginger to help reduce stress and anxiety in your pet. You can find more information about this product at

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