Sunday, July 20, 2014

BarkBox Dog Subscription Service Review, July 2014 + 10% Discount!

My pup Tucker and I have been happily reviewing his July BarkBox!  We were sad to see Happy Dog Box end their subscription service but glad that BarkBox is still available. If you missed my first BarkBox review, you can check it out here and get all the subscription details.

The arrival of BarkBox is like Christmas around here!  Each month, they send three or four full sized food or treat items and one toy.  This month's box has a "Surf's Up!" theme with several seashore inspired items.

Some dogs might rip into such treasure but not my Tucker.  He takes a disciplined approach, going over his BarkBox with meticulous attention to detail.  Every item gets professionally sniff checked and inspected with intense interest. In case you can't tell, this is one focused dog!

First out is the blue information card which tells about each item in the box and gives its retail price.  Tucker does not care to waste time with this.

The first snack is a five ounce package of Bixbi Daily Essentials Chicken Breast Jerky Treats.  Like all BarkBox edibles, these are made in the U.S.A.  The ingredient label says these include chicken breast, blueberrie, cranberries, reishi mushrooms and vegetable glycerin.  Retail $10

Can you see a wee bit of impatience while waiting for the camera to focus?  This Bixbi treat disappeared instantly.

Next is a big container of "Blissful Banana Crisps" by Healthy Dogma.  These include only bananas and coconut oil.  Hey...I like banana chips!  Wonder if Tucker would care to share? (Side note--these look a hundred percent better tasting than some of the awful banana ribbons I've received in human subscription boxes lately!) 

We're not gonna lie. These must be an acquired taste because Tucker wouldn't touch them. He politely sniffed a banana chip but absolutely refused to eat it.  I left a couple on the floor for him...there they still sit!

In keeping with the beachy theme, the toy this month is a big orange and white crab squeaky toy.  This is a hand crafted plush toy with a double layer exterior and extra stitching at the joints for extra chew resistance. It is also completely washer and dryer friendly.  As cute as this crab is, Tucker usually prefers hard toys like bones and rope tugs, so I'm not sure if he will accept this.  He may decide to give it to his neighbor Marley, a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback girl with a penchant for squeaky toys!

The last treat in July's Barkbox is a package of PetSafe Indigo Triple Chews in Natural Chicken & Blueberry flavor.  These are chewy on the outside and moist on the inside. This is a "sized" treat for dogs weighing 25 to 60 lbs.  Tucker weighs 24 lbs. but being a chewer by nature, I know he's up to the challenge. 

Tucker really liked these; they are tough enough that he can't just gobble them down in a few seconds.  However...don't feed these to your dog on the carpet as they do stain. They have a dark blue color that tends to get mashed into the carpet since the treat requires some work from the dog.  I was able to get the stain right up with some carpet cleaner but next time I'll feed these on a hard surface or outdoors.

So that's it for July box. They always send enough treats to last us easily until the next box arrives. Thanks to BarkBox, Tucker has more high quality treats available now than he's ever had before. Their careful selection of U.S. sourced and made products makes me feel that he's getting the best treats available. That's the least I can do for my sweet and loyal companion!

If you and your dog would enjoy a monthly BarkBox, click here to get 10% off your first subscription.  

Now I need to go see if a neighbor dog might enjoy those banana chips!


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