Friday, January 2, 2015

December 2014 BarkBox review: Dog toys and dog treats just in time for Christmas

Sinead the Boston terrier with her elf toy

I took a week or so away from blogging in order to give the dogs what they really wanted for Christmas (time with me when I wasn't wasting time working online). So this means our December BarkBox review is a little late. But that doesn't mean the box wasn't good. In fact, there was some wonderful stuff in this holiday edition.

Quaker Pet Group Elf

Sinead is posing nicely up top with one of her favorite toys from this box. It's a small little elf that has a soft body and rope-like arms and legs. Sinead loves pull and tug toys like this, so this particular toy has been a big hit with her.

Butcher's Block Bones Trachea

Okay, this treat looks really gross. It's so gross looking, in fact, that I didn't manage to take a photo of it. I can't quite bear to see it up close and personal. But, the dogs don't really care what this thing looks like. They just want to eat it. And who can blame them?

It's a slow-roasted piece of cattle trachea. Yummy, right? On the Liam Smackability Scale (I just made that up) I give this an 8 out of 10. He loved to eat it, but he wasn't able to gobble it quickly. I can see these treats being really useful if I need him to stay busy for an extended period of time. He'll be happy, and I'll get things done!

Simply Fido Penguin

Liam the pug with his BarkBox toy

Liam has claimed this toy for his own (note the possessive paw). I understand why he's drawn to it. Liam has always been in love with paper and plastic. He likes the way these things sound. I'm not sure what's involved in the stuffing of this penguin, but it crinkles wonderfully when it's touched. And, it's floppy, so it makes for good head-shaking fun. Liam has been playing with this pretty much non-stop since we got it.

Polka Dog Sfizis

These are the tiniest little duck treats I've ever seen, and I love them. They're great for quick treats for training sessions, and the meat is 100% sourced from the United States, so I can feed this without worry. The price is reasonable, too, so we may have to get more of these.

Safemade Tartan Bandana 

Neither Liam nor Sinead are terribly interested in bandanas, so I haven't made them wear the cute piece we got in this month's BarkBox. But, I am thinking this little scrap of color could be useful for Sinead and I when we travel to Nashville later this year for the 2015 BlogPaws conference. We'll be able to spot our suitcase without a problem!

So, that wraps up our review for this month. If you got your own box and have some comments to share, hit me up in the comments section! And if you don't have your own, use my code. You'll get a discount, as will I.

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