I’m going to miss getting BarkBox. I have to take a hiatus from this subscription because I have enough treats to last the lifetime of 10 dogs. I just can’t house any more bags of delicious yum-yums for my Benny (who is overweight and really needs to cut back on eating them). This is my last BarkBox for at least a few months, or until I can find enough pooches to give all these treats to.

If you’re not familiar with it, BarkBox is a monthly subscription box just for your furry best friend. For about $20/month a box arrives with size-appropriate toys, treats, and accessories exclusively for your resident monster. They typically send boutique brands and high-end stuff, the kind of stuff that really is a treat for your pal. My dog has a unique ability to know exactly when a BarkBox is delivered because he starts jumping around even before I know what he’s losing his mind about. It’s kind of creepy.



This month was pretty great. My dog will definitely enjoy every single thing in the box, and there’s nothing that I would consider inappropriate for a dog of his size (it happens, my dog is huge even by large dog standards).


JW Pet Evertuff Roller Chew – $6 – This toy is really unique. It’s made of really hard plastic (?) and is flavored like chicken. It’s EXTREMELY durable, which my boy needs. Every once in a while BarkBox sends a soft toy that leaves me wondering if they’ve ever met a lab before because he would literally tear it apart in under 5 seconds. This toy is the perfect toy for him, it’s been days and he still hasn’t managed to scratch it, let alone break it. I can see this one lasting for a while. Plus it’s flavored like chicken, which is confusing but he loves it. It’s not hard to please that dog. Since it’s only $6, I plan on grabbing more of these once he inevitably does destroy it.

Max & Ruffy’s Blizzard Bites – $5 – Dog cookies! What dog doesn’t look at his human and wish they could eat the cookie in her hand? None. All dogs love cookies. But all dogs can’t have cookies. Well, they could, but it would probably land them in the ER. These cookies are made with all the stuff dogs can safely eat, and they actually smell good enough to eat them myself. (Note: I’ve eaten some crazy things, but I am not yet tempted to eat my dog’s food. Yet.) The ingredients include human-grade GMO-free ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.


Caru Real Pork Stew – $6 – Whenever my dog eats something for the first time, he acts really excited, then confused, then like I’m trying to poison him. He’ll take a small bite and run out of the room to make up his mind about it. Shocking nobody, he always comes back for more. He does not have a discerning palate. I can already predict that soup will be one of those things that he gulps down in one bite.

Butcher’s Block Bones Trachea – $2 – I’m not sure if that is the actual item that I received. The insert says that’s what it is, but the actual item says it’s an “8-inch Krunchie Tube”. Both things sound disgusting, but disgusting is what my dog happens to love. Either way, it’s a hollow tube made of dried cow parts that would probably dilate the pupils of any furry beast know to love chewing on such things.

Etta Says Deer Chews – $4 – BarkBox LOVES Etta Says. Their chews appear in half of the boxes they send me. It just so happens that my pooch also LOVES Etta Says chews. They always come from different animals, this month it is deer. It’s natural and nutritious and makes Ben’s tail wag.

I’m rating this box a solid A. The retail value of everything is  $23, and I think I paid something like $17 for it (I pre-pay 6 months at a time to get a lower rate, an option available to everyone!), so I saved a few bucks on these all-natural, high-end treats. Plus the toy they included is really awesome and durable. I will miss getting BarkBox, but will definitely re-subscribe as soon as I can work through the literally hundreds of treats I currently have.

Smooches for pooches,


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2 Comments on BarkBox – January 2015

  1. Heather Johnson
    February 20, 2015 at 10:22 pm (3 years ago)

    How did you get the durable toy for your barkbox? I have a lab also and he chews through toys like crazy

    • jillantos
      February 21, 2015 at 7:19 am (3 years ago)

      When you subscribe you select the size of your dog, so I’m assuming the bigger pooches get more durable toys. They usually send some solid toys, I’ve gotten toys that we’ve bought more of!