My fur babies, Bentley and Gizmo, are taking over the blog today and doing their very first product review. Today, B and G are doing a BarkBox review. My pups certainly love treats and toys so I thought it would be the perfect product for them to review and offer their opinions on.
BarkBox is a monthly pet product service. Each month, subscribers receive four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets! Subscribers choose the size of the box they want each month based on the size of their dog. The small box, for dogs who weigh less than twenty pounds, the medium box, for dogs who weigh 20-50 pounds and the large box, for dogs who weigh 50 pounds or more all start at $29/month plus $5 shipping. The costs decrease if you commit to 3 or 6-month increments and free shipping is available on select plans. We chose small because I have two yorkshire terriers and they are teeny tiny.
Here’s what you need to know before we B and G begin their BarkBox review:
- Bentley is the smaller of my two yorkshire terriers. I have had Bentley for nearly 10 years; he and I go way back . He was my baby before I had actual babies. Bentley has traveled all over and is the BEST.DOG.EVER! Seriously, I adore Bentley. Yorkies are known for having dental issues and unfortunately, Bentley doesn’t have a ton of teeth left. This will be important to remember for the BarkBox review.
- Gizmo is the larger yorkie. I have had Gizzy for about 7 years. He is such a loyal dog and is a total love bug. Gizmo is obsessed with toys and will easily leave a trail of 5 to 7 toys all around the house throughout the course of a day. I knew Gizmo would enjoy the toys almost as much as the treats in the BarkBox.
Bentley and Gizmo’s BarkBox was dropped off by the mail carrier. With a knock on the door Bentley and Gizmo barked with great excitement, almost as if they knew the package was for them. I opened the door and scooped up the box prominently labeled BarkBox and immediately opened it for my little pups. The packaging of the BarkBox was fun and whimsical and everything was neatly packed. Check out the cute packing paper.
Bentley and Gizmo’s (small) BarkBox included: two full-sized bag of dog treats (one biscuit style and one jerky style), two chew sticks and one orbee-tuff raspberry scented ball. The BarkBox also included two informational cards, one card outlining the contents of this month’s BarkBox and one which lists an activity for your dog. This month’s box featured products from Planet Dog, Barkworthies, Loving Pets and Bocce’s Bakery. The activity this month suggests taking out the leash and go exploring to a new park or neighborhood. BarkBox encourages subscribers to send them photos of your pet’s adventure.
Bentley was very interested in the contents and began to sniff away at its contents. He was taking his BarkBox review quite seriously. Gizmo on the other hand was a bit stand off-ish which was super surprising to me because if there are treats involved Gizmo is SO there.
For the BarkBox review, here’s the good and the not-so-good.
- The packaging and branding of the BarkBox is very polished and appealing. The presentation was professional and impressive. They have a fun website and their love for dogs clearly comes through on everything they distribute (emails, follow-ups, etc.).
- The have a great app you can download to track your package, receive fun pet news, order more of your dog’s favorite items from the box and review the products.
- The variety. I appreciated the inclusion of different types of treats. Even though my poor Bentley has lost some of his teeth and can still chomp on a biscuit without much trouble. He also has a super sensitive stomach so jerky isn’t always the best choice for him. Gizmo on the other hand is a tank and can eat anything and everything.
- Bentley and Gizmo LOVED the Bocce’s Bakery treats. Bocce’s Bakery has taken on the green juice trend and turned it into a healthy, human-grade, all natural treat made from spinach, kale, apple, spirulina, flax seeds and mint. Heck, they are even vegan-friendly. My pups couldn’t get enough of these treats and we would have never heard of these treats if it wasn’t for the BarkBox.
- A portion of BarkBox’s sales support rescues, shelters, non-profits and organizations that help change the lives of dogs in need which is always a plus.
- Based on what we received, I thought the cost was a bit high. I am certain each month the contents of the box vary and some months you get a lot and some months maybe not so much. I also received a blast email update that BarkBox was taking a second look at their pricing model, so maybe there are some changes coming up.
- There should be an option in the box for houses with multiple dogs. The contents definitely were not enough for both dogs and would not last them a month.
I definitely loved the concept of the BarkBox and as a huge dog lover, I definitely want what’s best for my pups. I encourage you to give BarkBox a try for yourself and see if it’s a good fit for you and your dog. BarkBox was kind enough to offer a free month trial to one lucky Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps reader. Check out the entry form below.
Note to the winner: To claim the one-month, you will need to set up an account/profile with a credit card. The winner will be given a coupon code for one free month and it will then be the winner’s responsibility to either continue or cancel the BarkBox subscription.
Products from BarkBox were received for this post. Opinions are my own and were based on Bentley and Gizmo’s reactions to the products.