Barkbox

Barkbox May 2013 Review

I received my first Barkbox (Large) for the month of May 2013 and was fairly impressed. Shipping was fairly fast for me and the BarkBox’s are shipped out on every 15th of the month. Using their basic shipping method, it took roughly one week for my BarkBox to arrive. I purchased the 3-month subscription as a birthday present for my Golden Retriever/German Shepherd Mix, Troy (2 years old) and decided to go with a multi-month subscription to save $10 a month. In addition to Troy, we also have two other dogs, a thirteen year old mixed Terrier, Faith, and a 8 month Austrailian Shepherd/Cockerspaniel Mix, Barkley.

BarkBox May 2013 Large Box Contents

BarkBox May 2013 Large Box Contents

I know some people prefer to just learn the contents, so I’ll just list what I got below and then go into greater detail with each product in the BarkBox. I’ll list the full retail price, but you may be able to find the product cheaper on other websites or through Amazon.

  • 1 – Bionic Bone Large Chew Toy ($19.99 retail)
  • 1 – Barkworthies Smoked Pork Femur Bone ($4.20 retail)
  • 1 – Loving Pets Grill-icious All-natural Beef Treats – 4 Oz ($7.99 retail)
  • 1 – Bocce’s Bakery Green Juice Dog Biscuits – 4 Oz ($9.50 retail for 5 Oz)

Bionic Bone Large Chew Toy

Bionic Bone Large Chew Toy

Bionic Bone Large Chew Toy

The Bionic Bone Large Chew Toy was impressive. This particular toy is recommended for dogs between 30-60 lbs. which fit my 2 larger dogs perfectly. They really enjoy chewing on this bone and so far there hasn’t been any noticeable damage. Usually we give them Durachew toys which they can chew through pretty rapidly and the plus side to this particular chew toy is that I don’t have to worry about being scratched up by the little stray plastic edges from the Durachew toys. I would probably mostly compare these to the Kong toys as far as durability, except this specific toy can float compared to the floatable Kong toys that require a floater insert. I can happily toss this toy into the water and let my dog retrieve it.

The only slight downside is that I tried stuffing a few dog biscuits into it, but for the most part they popped out easily.  I don’t typically stuff my dog toys with treats as they are usually happy with just chewing them. At a later point, I’ll try putting in some peanut butter, but I’m afraid that they will probably go wild and fight over it. All in all, I really recommend this product and I wouldn’t hesitate in purchasing another product from Bionic Pet Toys. The official Bionic Pet Toy Website is bionicplay.com Some of the Bionic Toys can be found for up to 50% off on Amazon, which can be found    at the following link: Bionic Pet Toys

Barkworthies Smoked Pork Femur Bone

Barkworthies Smoked Pork Bone

Barkworthies Smoked Pork Bone

The dogs were really excited for this product to the point that I haven’t actually given it to them. I’m worried that they will fight over it and just the aroma of the bone has driven them a little wild. I just haven’t had time to separate my larger dog so that he can enjoy the bone by himself. I usually don’t give my dogs bones out of concern of bone shards, but I will make an exception and just make sure I monitor them when they enjoy this treat.

As far as a company goes, Barkworthies provides healthy 100% natural eco-friendly chews and treats. Most of their products are produced in the USA with the exception of their Cattle Chews which are sourced from Brazilian cattle. Like most other chew companies, they offer a variety of chews made from different animals, but they pride themselves on making sure that their products come from social and ecological aware sources, such as free-range, grass-fed cattle or naturally-shed elk antler chews from wild Rocky Mountain Elk. They offer bully sticks, elk antlers, pork chews, cattle chews, and various dog treats. You can purchase their products directly from their company website in bulk at barkworthies.com. Their current promotion is 10% off your order if you like their page on Facebook. Also you can find their products on Amazon with Free Shipping with Amazon Prime. You can try out their items by purchasing them individually as opposed to buying their items in bulk directly from their website. Barkworthies Individual Item Purchase Link

Loving Pets Grill-icious Beef Treats

Loving Pets Grill-icious Beef Treats

Loving Pets Grill-icious Beef Treats

If my BarkBox had an award that went to the item most likely for my dogs to swallow whole, this would be the item. The dogs loved these beef treats and could easily sniff them out if I hid them, and I think if I ever wanted their attention, I could just walk around the room with a bag of these. These fun dog treats are shaped like little round steaks with a slight grill pattern in some of them. These treats are 100% all-natural beef with sweet potato. With the issues lately with dog treats made from meat in other countries, you’ll be glad to know that these are made from 100% USA ingredients. They are also gluten free, no by-products, and no preservatives.

Loving Pets does not directly sell to consumers but you can find them at stores. Their company website can be found at lovingpetsproducts.com. If you do not want to purchase them in person, you can find them at “discount” on Amazon. As usual I have attached a link to where you can take a look at the products. They are currently on sale and are valid for free shipping with Amazon Prime. Loving Pets Grill-icious Amazon Link 

Bocce’s Bakery Green Juice

Bocce's Bakery Green Juice Biscuits

Bocce’s Bakery Green Juice Biscuits

I appreciate the fact that BarkBox included this product. It is probably an item I would never purchase on my own at my local pet store, but it gave me a chance to try the product. To be truthful, my larger dog, Troy, who is a very picky eater when it comes to treats decided that he did not like it and wasn’t ready to embrace the vegan lifestyle. To be fair, we bought him healthy rolled oat Milkbone dog treats and he basically told us that the other dogs can have them, but he’ll take the bacon flavored Milkbones. Also unlike your other typical dogs, he will actually sit and nibble on his treats and actually enjoy the flavor. The other dogs appeared to enjoy them, but they also eat their treats in one or two bites.

The Green Juice Dog Biscuits were made from organic oat flour, spinach, kale, apples, spirulina, flax seeds, and mint. Bocce’s bakery also offers a variety of other gourmet flavors, such as Beef Bourguignon, Truffle Mac & Cheese, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and PBNJ. A 5 Oz bag can be found on their website for $9.50. boccesbakery.com Currently I could not find this product at a discount on Amazon, but for your reference I included a link. Amazon Bocce’s Bakery Products.

Final Thoughts

I was actually very pleased with my BarkBox for May 2013. I actually feel bad that I only have a single BarkBox to spread between my 3 dogs, but it’ll just have to work out for now. For around $20/month, I was able to get $40 worth of products shipped to my home. If you find yourself spending $20/month or purchasing a toy for your dog and a couple bags of dog treats for your dogs, this may be a great alternative to get some dog products at a discount. Also it is great knowing that the majority of the products in their BarkBox are made in the USA and are all-natural. As an additional bonus, especially since we rescued 2 dogs, 10% of their proceeds will go to help support local dog shelters.

If you would like to try the BarkBox, you can use my referral link to get $5 off your first subscription. $5 Off Your First BarkBox Link

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