Friday, August 21, 2015

August 2015 BarkBox review: Dog toys and dog treats for summer!

Sinead the Boston terrier carrying a furry dog toy

Our August 2015 BarkBox review is here! We've had a few days to settle in with all of the toys and treats in our box, so I have quite a bit to tell you about everything packed inside this monthly shipment of happiness. So let's get started!

The dog treats 

We had quite a selection of dog treats in this month's box, including what seems to be a last-minute replacement. See, every BarkBox comes with a postcard listing what's included, and my shipment doesn't quite match the card. We should have gotten a turkey chew from a company called "Treat Planet," but instead, we got two sticks from Etta Says!. No complaints here, as both Liam and Sinead love these things. But if you were hoping to read up on Treat Planet, I'm sorry to disappoint!

Liam the pug in a down position with treats
We did get (as promised) a bag of Fruitables Skinny Minis Watermelon Chewy Dog Treats. I'm thrilled about that, as Liam is enrolled in a training class right now. I have been looking for treats that are tiny, chewable and low in sodium. The treats I've been using just take too long for him to gobble, and they leave him desperate for water at the end of the class. These things are better. They smell a little like watermelon (weird!), but Liam will happily work for these without many water needs arising.

Side note: Isn't the frog dog thing just perfect? That's how he prefers to do a down/stay these days... I have no idea why. And he didn't eat these off the floor, which means he has really been working on his "leave it." Yay!

The final treat bag is packed with Benny Bully's Plus Banana. The name isn't deceptive. That's exactly what these treats contain: meat and banana. I haven't opened them yet, but I know the dogs are looking forward to these things.

 The dog toys

There's one toy in here that's caused a bit of hilarity at my house. It's a fuzzy, rope-based toy with a fire hydrant printed on the front, and it comes from Harry Barker. Sinead is more than a little obsessed with this toy, and she's taken to carrying it everywhere. She's also worried that I will take it from her, hence the sheep eyes in this photo.
Boston terrier with Harry Barker fuzzy dog toy
Geez, now why would I take this from her? It's fuzzy, it's small, it looks pretty durable, and she likes it. That's a win, for me!

And there was one more toy in here: A footed ball from Petmate. It looks a little like a ball on first glance, but when you peer closer, you can see that this thing is covered in wee little muscles. It's pretty funny.
Pug posing with a toy from his August BarkBox
Hard toys like this are excellent, as I can toss them around in the yard for the dogs in the evening. They always want to take plush toys outside, which is a big no-no. So it's nice to have a hard toy that is durable for outside play.

So that's it for this month! If you'd like to try your own BarkBox, use my affiliate link for a price break (and I'll get a little gift, too!). If you'd like to see reviews of previous BarkBox offerings, click here or here or here or here.

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