It finally came!
I’d been seeing BarkBox all over the internet… a mail order gift service for your dogs. Finally, I decided to give it a try.
I signed up Sasha & Moose for their very own BarkBox for the month of September. I wanted it to be a surprise for them (and since they don’t understand Human English, it was successful), but I couldn’t help but be excited!
Especially when I got this e-mail:
I came home from my Philadelphia/Greenville trip to the BarkBox waiting on the counter. They have 3 size options to get: small dog, medium dog, large dog. Since Sasha is ~80 lbs, and Moose is ~45 lbs, we went with the large dog option. One thing that is great about BarkBox is they actually cater what is in the box for the size of the dog (meaning treats come in proper serving sizes for the pups!)
Excitedly, I opened the box and took a peek inside:
Included with the treats was a card describing what was in the box, and where to go if we wanted more.
I let the dogs into the house and took the BarkBox downstairs. Knowing their excitement, I let them open the box themselves. Moose nosed her way into where the treats were, while Sasha chewed on the cardboard box. I’m guessing they did such a great job sealing the treats you can’t smell them until they’re out of the packaging. This is good news for us, because, you know… bears and moose hang out in town.
Eventually, she figured it out.
Of course I had to let them sample every treat. BarkBox includes things that are really good for your dogs: all edible treats are wheat, gluten, soy, corn, filler-free whenever possible and organic whenever possible. This means only the best is going in our dogs tummies. One may be concerned that “oh if it’s healthy, does it taste good?” (because I think that about human food all the time).
As you can see from the lip licking, the treats were good. The above are pizza flavored (!!!!) treats that they went crazy for! Another treat in their box were these natural jerky treats.
They loved these. From the picture below, you can see Moose diving for Sasha’s, and Sasha with her tongue out thinking she was about to get the treat. When I offered these up, both went through their “Sit Shake Lay” routine so quickly, I didn’t even have to do the hand signals for them.
Another thing included in the box was a toy. The toy was a turtle that says it was for ‘tough tuggers’.
Now, I don’t usually trust toys that say they hold up, because Moose finds a way to rip apart everything we’ve given her within 24 hours. It’s the reason why Sasha no longer has her Red Dog toy, Squirrel toy, Duck toy, and Hedgehog toy. (May they all rest in peace)
They’ve had this toy for 2 weeks now, and I can see some wear on it, but so far it has not been destroyed. You can even still tell that it’s a turtle. I’m not too concerned though, because I know that in their next BarkBox, they’ll have another toy. As long as they can last at least a month, that’s all I need.
So yes, I’m obsessed with the BarkBox. And since so many of my friends have pets they love as much as I love mine, I wanted to share my experience with it. Since they’re kind of pricey if you don’t do a plan, I wanted to do a free giveaway to a lucky reader to receive their very own BarkBox!
I’ve set up the giveaway through Rafflecopter, so just click to enter! It starts Monday 29 September and goes through Friday 11 October. I’ll be doing a random drawing 12 October, and will be contacting the winner with their prize. The prize will be given in the form of a gift link, where you get to go in and fill out your own information on where to ship it to (so you don’t have to worry about me knowing where you live, unless you want to receive super adorable postcards from Alaska).
I’m offering several ways to enter to win:
- Tweet the link the link to this post, tagging me (@emilyrstewart). You can do this every day of the contest.
- Leave a comment saying why you love your dog, and why they’d love a BarkBox.
- Subscribe to www.EmilyinAlaska.com updates. You can sign up on the homepage.
If you think your dog will love BarkBox as much as mine do, and you want to go ahead and get one, I can offer $5 off your first subscription (they do 1 month, 3 month, and 6 month plans) if you purchase via this link.
So what are you waiting for! Let me know how awesome your dog is, and why he deserves a BarkBox!