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Friday, October 24, 2014

The October 2014 BarkBox review is here! (And the dogs are pretty happy)

The folks at BarkBox got into the Halloween spirit this year with an absolutely fabulous collection of spooky dog toys and dog treats for my crew. Here's what we got!

Liam is posing nicely with his Simply Fido ghost, and he's been carrying that toy around ever since it arrived. This is a flat toy, made of a very sturdy fabric with a crinkly, crunchy inside. Liam likes to take this toy and shake the daylights out of it, and he also likes to play tug-of-war with it. This has been a huge, huge hit.

Similarly popular was a tiny treat from Hare of the Dog. Wee little bits of rabbit jerky were easy enough to break apart, and Liam absolutely adored them. But unfortunately, he also ate them so very, very fast that they weren't really all that valuable in this household. I like treats like this to satisfy at least a 30-second gnaw time. Anything quicker seems like a waste. So I'm thrilled that our box also included some Etta Says pressed meat strips and some Twistix treats. We've had both of these products before, and I know they take a long time to eat.

And clearly, the dogs know what they are and love them. Isn't it obvious?
We got one more long-time treat in our box: Superior Farms Nick-Knacks chews. These are made of lamb's ears (ew!), but they don't come with a lot of preservatives or salt. They're natural, and they don't smell offensive. I'm sure the dogs will love them, but I'm holding them back until Halloween. (Hey, even dogs need special treats on holidays, right?)

Sinead is posing here with the last toy in the box: An "Invincibles" cat from Plush Puppies. It's designed for smaller dogs, and it has a pretty loud squeaker. Sinead thought this was perfect for her, and she enjoyed chewing on it, throwing it around and sleeping with it. But, this toy isn't quite invincible. After about 24 hours of Sinead love, this toy just fell apart. The squeaker came out, the felt fell apart... Gah. It couldn't stand up to her attention.

Thankfully, BarkBox does offer a guarantee, so I notified the company that the toy wasn't working out for us. Within minutes, company officials sent me a coupon I could use to pick out something else for the dogs. So another ghost toy is coming their way. Spooky great!

So all in all, we were pretty pleased with our BarkBox this month! And as usual, I can't wait to see what they'll send us next month.