Reviewing Barkbox: Our Dog Bert Takes On 4 Months Of Barkbox Medium
Some pets seem to have figured out exactly how to work humans. My friend’s dog (strangely named Bert) is one of those. He has my friend going from pet store to pet store, at least once a week, to get him the latest toys and treats. We all make fun of her, saying that when Bert cracks his whip (puppy eyes), she is running to a pet store.
So when I wanted to review Barkbox, the subscription box for dogs, I immediately thought of her.
Subscription boxes have been around for some years now. They surprise people with all kinds of monthly goodies, from food and wine to gadgets and books. It’s a pretty nice idea to introduce them to pets, and especially dogs.
Dogs require a constant supply of treats and toys to stay healthy and happy. Instead of having to go to the pet store every time, and having to decide what to get this time, a team of experts is picking the best stuff and sends it directly to our door. So you get to use your valuable time with your dog. In our busy times right now, it’s more important than ever to spend real time with our pets.
How We Reviewed Barkbox
So since we had access to Bert, the world’s pickiest dog, we decided to subscribe to Barkbox Just Right (medium) for four months and see what would happen. According to their website, Barkbox will include two toys, two bags of treats, and a chew, every month.
One thing that we liked about Barkbox is that they chose to create monthly themes instead of randomly combining a bunch of stuff. Every month it’s exciting to find out what the theme is going to be. We loved the excitement of opening the box and discovering the new theme.
Month 1 – Our First Barkbox Arrives
For our first month, the theme was “Home for the Holidays,” because of Thanksgiving. When we opened the box, there were a lot of things inside;
- Bark & Co Single Roll Poop Bag
- Pipsqueak Pup Chicken Jerky
- Plush Turkey Toy
- Lick The Chef Apron
- Nature’s Bits Turpumpkin Treats
- Pig Ear Chew
The value of these items combined is around $40, which is a lot more than the price of the subscription.
So we tested all these things on Bert during the month. Some of these things we have seen around the local pet store, but many are entirely new. The only thing that Bert didn’t take to was the apron. Some dogs are used to being dressed up, and some are not. Bert is one of the latter kind and doesn’t like anything other than his collar on him.
So there was no need to go to the pet store this month. And Bert was pretty happy, except when he was made to wear an apron:)
Month 2 – What’s In The Next Subscription Box?
After the success of the first month, we were ripping the package open to see what surprise BarkBox would contain. This time the theme was “Lodge Life”. Bert was trying to put his nose in the box from the moment it arrived
- Stella the Snow Bunny
- Hugo’s Hot Cocoa
- Duck Party Platter
- Nice Jerky Bites Chicken and Duck
- Dynamo Butcher’s Block Beef Chew
Again the value of all the items combined was around $40, which makes it a great deal, depending on how your dog responds to the contents. Bert mostly appreciated these months contents. He enjoyed the treats, which were all gone after the first week.
He is however very picky when it comes to plush toys. The snow bunny was a favorite, but the cup of chocolate not. I guess Bert is more of a coffee kind of guy.
Month 3 – Monthly Dose Of Toys And Treats
This month’s Barkbox theme turned out to be “Pup in the Air”. Let’s see what gifts we are getting this time. We are becoming used to this excitement at the beginning of the month.
- Snack Rings with Lamb & Cheddar
- Squeakin on a Jet Plane Toy
- Crunchy Duck Chew
- Suitcase Toy
- Farm Fresh Chicken, Pea, Kale & Quinoa
These treats are not only delicious, at least to our dog, they are also very healthy. Barkbox makes sure always to use treats that have only natural ingredients, and most are also from 100% organic origins. I think it’s every pet owner’s duty to make sure that their pets get only healthy and safe food. Dogs cannot read the ingredients list and just have to trust us to give them good food.
Month 4 – We Are Getting Addicted To The Bark box
Another month, another theme. This time it’s Sniffin Safari. So far these themes have been an excellent way to start the month, there is always something funny to be found. Let’s see what the box holds.
- Lamb and Sweet Potato Trainers
- Koha Pork Jerky Bites
- Chewfasa The Lion
- Butcher’s Block Krunchie Tubes
- Dr. Licking Stone Plush toy
Bert was euphoric this month. The treats were very much appreciated, and the toys were great too. Bert was especially excited about the Lion toy. He spent days dragging it around, violently shaking it between his jaws, or just barking at it.
Review Summary For BarkBox
So how did our little experiment with Barkbox go?
- My friend has only been to the pet store twice during these four months and it was to pick up regular food.
- We have discovered some great toys and treats which we never knew before. Normally we would always hesitate to try out a new toy because we were afraid it would be ignored.
- Bert has had an amazing time during these months. I think he is starting to see the pattern because he is spending a lot of time at the door around the beginning of the month.
- With an average value of $40 per month and a maximum price of $29 we saved 25% on pet toys every month.
If you have one or more dogs with an appetite for treats and toys, BarkBox is a great option to save time and money. As well as discovering new and innovative dog toys and treats.