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Happy Halloween BarkBox

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My photos for this month’s BarkBox, turned out all dark and scaaaarrrrryyyy!

There’s are good reasons for this.

  1. Halloween is approaching and such was the theme of the box.
  2. It was dark when we opened it. {But it’s dark when I leave for work and pretty much dark when I get home this time of year, though.}
  3. I’m not a professional photographer and, quite frankly, didn’t put in the effort in improving these photos. No apologies.

Here were the October BarkBox content for our “small dog” box:

Pet Qwerks Chevron Bear – I’m sorry. I have to call this toy Bucky the Badger! It looks so much like the Wisconsin Mascot! I got approval for this name change from my Michigan Alumnus husband. Of course, in true Shamrock-style, it was the first thing stolen out of the box. I had to retrieve it to get the photo below. It was a nice little birthday gift for him since he turned one on Wednesday. Happy Birthday, Shamrock!

photo 5Superior Farms Lamb Ear (not pictured) – Unlike Shamrock, who loves the toys, Sophie always sniffs out a chew from the box. Since Sham was already so busy with Bucky, I immediately unwrapped the lamb ear, to find TWO inside. SCORE! One for each of the pooches! Sham’s interest in his lamb ear helped me to retrieve Bucky for that photo above.

Your Dog’s Diner Mutt Meatball Treat Mix – What does that even mean? According to the instructions, you mix this with 1 lb of grand beef and an egg just like you would to form regular meatballs, and bake. Sounds like a bit of work to me for some dog treats! But maybe I should make them this weekend. I didn’t make a puppy cake, like I’d thought about doing for Sham’s birthday. Maybe we can celebrate with some meatballs. After all, I did make some for ourselves this week and we did not share with the pooches!

photo 2Baker’s Best Autumn’s Harvest Treats – There is rarely a complaint about treats in the box. In fact, there was only one time when Sophie was reluctant to take one, but ended up eating it anyway. This was not that time. 😉

photo 3Fruitables Dog Treats Share Pack – I almost shrieked with delight when I saw these! They are Halloween treat bags for dogs!!!! Perfect if you have any doggie trick-or-treaters (or should we say tricks-for-treaters?!) who stop by on Halloween. And we love the Fruitables-brand treats. Okay, so I’ve never eaten them, but they are some of the best-smelling dog treats ever. Nothing’s worse than handing your dog over a smelly treat or two and then having to wash your hands more than thoroughly so that you don’t smell like said treat. These treats are actually steering me in the direction to maybe even like Halloween.photo 1I have mixed emotions about dogs getting dressed up for Halloween. Part of me thinks that it is so cruel. But when I see the cutest costumes, the other half makes me think it’s so adorable! We dressed Sophie as a butterfly last year for the Spooky Tails 5k. She absolutely hated it. It was the first time I had ever dressed a dog in costume.

Look at my antennae!

Look at my antennae!

But Halloween might actually be fun if we dressed the pooches and walked through the neighborhood. Sham would bark at every kid and get pretty scared though, I’d imagine…

How about you? How do you feel about doggie costumes?

**Get $5 off your first month of BarkBox when you subscribe here. It is so much fun for our pooches and makes the perfect gift!**

Cheers~
Carrie

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Another New Doggie Box Battle

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Subscription Box Saturday – Doggie Box Edition

Recently, I was offered a 2-month subscription to PetBox for $29 through Coupaw, a deal site for pet products. Let’s see how it stands up to our favorite BarkBox.

Here’s our September comparison.

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What: “Each box contains five to six items such as healthy treats, toys, grooming products, etc. Each month your PetBox will have five to six new items with a minimum retail value of over $60. These high quality items are each hand picked for your pet’s enjoyment. For each PetBox that we ship each month, we give $3 to help animal rescue efforts.”

Cost: $29 per month or as low as $19 per month for a 12-month subscription.

Our first box:

And the Contents:

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September PetBox Contents: Gourmet Select Carrot Crunch Treats, Petrodex Doggie Toothbrush and Toothpaste, Safemade Newt Chew, Doggie Sunscreen, PoopBags with dispenser, Nootie Daily Pet Spritz, No Grainers Soft Chews

Of course, Shamrock wanted Newt to jump out of the box as soon as possible, so he could play with him!

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Do you think it could be for this reason?

PB5I think it’s funny that “newt flavor* tastes like chicken.” Rob won’t be testing this out any time soon. Unfortunately, Newt lost a couple of legs in a matter of minutes. I think Shamrock wanted to get to the bottom of that Newt flavor!

I had never heard of Doggie Sunscreen before, so I am glad that included some information:

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It’s good, too, that we received the toothbrush kit. Once upon a time, I used to brush Sophie’s teeth. I don’t know how I got out of the habit. I’m sure that chicken flavored toothpaste from when she was a pup is no good now. At least they will have their own toothbrushes and I can start this habit again.

Overall, we liked the box. Not too shabby for the $14.50 I paid. However, the homepage states that the retail value is well over $60. I searched for these products online and came up with $36.96. Not a bad deal for those paying $29 for the box, but it doesn’t exactly meet the $60 claim. Here’s my breakdown. It was a quick online look-up. And when I saw a sale price, I ignored it and went with the regular price.

  • Gourmet Select Treats – $2.59 (7 oz bag)
  • Petrodex Toothbrush & Toothpaste Kit – $10.59
  • Newt – $4.29
  • Nootie Daily Spritz – $11.99
  • Doggie Sunscreen – $2.50 ($4.99 for two)
  • No Grainers Treats – $5
  • TOTAL = $36.96

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BarkBox:

What: “Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. BarkBox is dedicated to supporting the health and happiness of all dogs! That’s why we donate at least 10% of our profits to shelters, rescues and animal welfare organizations.”

Cost: $29 per month or as low as $19 per month for a 12-month subscription.

September BarkBox Contents:

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September BarkBox Contents: It’s Purely Natural Treats, Wagatha’s Tuscan Pizza Organic Dog Biscuits, VetraCare Liquid Bandage for Pets and….

Wait, that box is missing an item that Sham stole out of the box right away!

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That’s a cool koala rope toy, squeaker, animal toy all stuffed in one!

I have not seen promises as to how much the BarkBox claims to be worth each month, but I thought I’d check on these items just for comparison.

  • Aussie Naturals Koala Toy – $7.99
  • It’s Purely Natural Treats – $7.88
  • Wagatha’s Organic Treats – $10.95
  • VetraCare Liquid Banadage for Pets – $7.99
  • TOTAL = $34.81

You can always get $5 off your first month’s subscription of BarkBox by clicking on my referral link.

In case you are curious, here are the other doggie subscription boxes we’ve tried!

Since thinking about and spoiling my pooches makes me happy, tell me something you are/were happy about this weekend!

*Note: I have not been compensated to review either of these subscription boxes. I have purchased each subscription myself, using deals whenever they are offered through various deal sites.

Cheers~
Carrie

New Doggie Boxes! {And Discounts}

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Yes, so I know our dogs are spoiled.

In fact, they are SPOILED ROTTEN!

That’s why, when I saw a deal for the Spoiled Rotten Box by PetFlow, I knew I should check it out. I started following PetFlow on Facebook a few years ago. I don’t even know why or how I found it. It was quite possibly a Facebook ad on the side that caught my eye.

Why did I start following them? They post absolutely adorable pictures of pets and other animals! Sometimes they even provide captions. No matter what, they’ve always brightened my day. It took about a year before I realized that PetFlow is actually a pet food company!

My dogs are so spoiled rotten that they got TWO new dog boxes this month. {Well, only because two deals were offered!} Let’s take a look at them in the order that they were received.

SPOILED ROTTEN BOX

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Regular Price {conflicting info}: My cart shows it marked down from $38.99 + $4.95 shipping. However, when you sign up here, it currently states it’s only $24.99/month
My Deal: $17 Total
Current Deal {at the time of this writing}: $24.99/free shipping and/or use COUPON CODE SRB9 for $5 off your first month’s box.

What I like about PetFlow’s Spoiled Rotten, is that unlike most other subscription boxes, they list the retail prices of the items in the box:

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This means that, according to these prices, the items in the box we received totaled $37.90. That is slightly less than the $38.99 regular subscription box rate.  Unless, that is what the box is meant to be “worth” and that is why it looks discounted to $24.99 when you put it in your shopping cart. But were those items worth that much to us? Let’s take a look…

The first thing Shamrock did when I opened the box was steal that Beau the Beaver dog toy and off he went, tags and all. I struggled to get it back from him to remove the tags and to put it back in the box above for the quick box photo above.

Despite the fact that the squeaker in it was destroyed within about an hour, he adores that stuffing-free toy. After I’ve forgotten about it, he’ll just walk into the room with it in his mouth. He’s done this almost every day since he got it. That was worth it.

It is a rare occasion when our dogs don’t like one of the treats in any of their doggie boxes. The Grin Daily Treats and Jerky Bars in this box didn’t disappoint. I just know that on my own, I wouldn’t go out and pay $8 and $9, respectively, on either of these.

The Savory Prime Butcher Bone grossed me out completely! I know dogs like real bones, but it’s packaged with all the juices and stuff. My dogs are NOT getting that. It’s very big, so it might just be a gift for someone we know with bigger dogs. {As long as it doesn’t gross them out as much as it did me.}

And lastly, we have the Dog Bone Lint Roller. It’s always nice to have a few of these. However we pick up lint rollers and their refills all of the time whenever we are at Ikea and the dollar store. I don’t think $6 to have the handle dog bone-shaped is worth it.

To be honest, I wouldn’t pay $38.99 plus $4.95 shipping for a box like this. I might at the $24.99/free shipping rate. But I’m really trying to do only one dog box at a time right now. {Unless, of course, there is a new box to try at a discount. Like this one!}

For those of you whose furry children are the feline kind, SPOILED ROTTEN makes boxes for cats!

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HAPPY DOG BOX

I am not even sure how I found out about this one! But when I found the site, I saw that they were offering their first month for FREE! {At the time of this writing, that offer is still available here.} I only had to pay $5 for shipping. I chose my dog size {11-50 lbs} as well as age. I am guessing I chose the 3 to 10 years option because Shamrock won’t be a puppy forever. 😦

After I ordered it, I forgot about it. Until the box arrived at our doorstep…

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As usual, once I opened the box, the “kids” tore into it to explore. I try to let them get a good sniff, but not steal anything out like Shamrock did on the last box. I’d hate for the packaging to harm them.

White (Sophie) and Brown (Shamrock) puffballs just sniffing away

White (Sophie) and Brown (Shamrock) puffballs sniffing the box

Here are the contents they discovered…

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JYB Pet Treats, Dynamo Dog Functional Treats, Jolly Pets Monster Mouth Treat Dispensing Toy, Woofables Bakery Handmade Biscuits, Barkworthies Chew, Earth Rated PoopBags with dispenser.

I tried to keep Shamrock distracted while I gave Sophie the Barkworthies Chew. This is one of her favorite things she goes for immediately when they come in their BarkBox. If Sham’s going to deny her the toys, I can’t take this tradition away from her! The Homemade Biscuits disappeared that day as we taught Sham to do a new trick. We’re trying to get photos of that one!

I love the PoopBag dispenser, too. They clip right on to your leash, so you don’t have to remember to bring bags with you. They are refillable, too. We already have one clipped to one of the leashes. But this green one will match our Green Bay Packer leash!

The only item that didn’t really work was the Jolly Pets Monster Mouth Treat Dispensing Toy. Sophie loves these type of things, but this one was HUGE. It looked like it would be too easy to get a toy out of the mouth. Just check it out here. RAHR! 😉

Then I read the tag and discovered that these were for Medium to Large dogs. Well, technically, I had chosen our dog size as medium because both Sophie and Shamrock are in the 11 – 50 pound “medium” category. But they are also both below 20 pounds. I think one of these would have been more appropriate for our dogs.

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It took me a while to find out how much this dog box was per month if I decided not to cancel.

Regular Price: They start at $29.99 and I’m not sure if that includes the $5 shipping or not.
My Deal: First month FREE, pay only $5 shipping
Current Deal: At the time of this writing the deal I got for a FREE month with only $5 shipping was still available!

Actually, $29.99 is a pretty good deal for all six items that came in the box. That’s less than $5 per item! It’s just not in the budget right now to add another doggie box at that price point. I felt pretty guilty canceling when I really paid $5 for such a great box, especially when I got this cute email reply!

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I’ve belonged to a wine club before where when I called to cancel they quizzed me and made me feel horrible about it, so much that I knew that I’d never go back. I love that Happy Dog Box not only makes me smile with their response, but doesn’t alienate me as a customer. It is quite probable that I will go back one day. They made a good point when I was looking online for their pricing:

The average dog owner spends around $40 a month on dog treats, toys and other products; it all adds up! Our boxes start at just $29.99 a month, and they come automatically, so you’re always ready for training or treating. It makes (dollars and) sense!

I honestly didn’t think we ever spent that much on anything outside of food and the vet. Sophie had received so many toys over the years as gifts. I don’t think we purchased that many ourselves. Shamrock has ripped many of them to shreds since he has joined our household! With a puppy, new toys are inevitable. He also has gone through some teething-type chews that are supposed to keep puppies from chewing on other things. While they seemed to keep him occupied for the most part, I found that he broke the plastic down so much that he was eating it! Those were about $10 a piece. Ouch. Maybe we were spending more than I thought.

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BARKBOX

As of right now, we’ve been happy with our ongoing BarkBox {which should be arriving next week!}. Maybe it’s easier when you pay for a six-month subscription up front and don’t see it being charged to your card each month. In fact, since I joined with a 1/2 off deal on a six-month subscription and renewed a six-month subscription, I couldn’t remember the pricing for BarkBox! I had to look it up for you:

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Regular Price: $29/month with free shipping, $24/mo with a 3-month subscription, $19/mo with a 6-month subscription
My Deal: Half-off first six months, then I renewed at the $19 rate (prepaid). BarkBox made the right move by giving me half-off the first six months so that we’d fall in love with it and renew for another six!
Current Deal {at the time of this writing}: Click here and use COUPON CODE BarkPost for $10 off. (New customers only. Expiration unknown.) Or, click my personal referral link at any time and receive $5 off.

There are other reasons why we love BarkBox. But that’s for the post when the box arrives this month!

Do you have any new favorite boxes or discounts to share?

What’s the best deal you’ve gotten lately?

Cheers~
Carrie