Tuesday, December 20, 2016

BarkBox review: December 2016 shipment

Liam the pug with his BarkBox

Every month, the dogs wait patiently for the mailman to stop and ring the bell. They know that the special little jingle that comes near the end of the month is due to their shipment from BarkBox. And they know that shipment contains two things they want more than anything: Dog treats and dog toys.

Some people make their dogs wait until Christmas day before they're allowed to dig into the December shipment. I don't have that kind of impulse control. And neither does kitten Fergus. If I tried to keep the box back, he'd simply break into it and eat all of the goodies and play with all the toys while the rest of us slept peacefully. No one wants that.

So I let the dogs (and Fergus) have their fun a little early. Here's what we thought.

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Liam the pug with a dog toy

Most months, there's one specific dog toy that Liam and Sinead like more than anything else in the shipment. This month, the favored toy is this little mug. It's made of a soft exterior with a crinkle interior, so it makes a lot of noise when the dogs chew it or shake it. They always love that.

In addition, the inside of the mug contains two little marshmallows with squeakers. My dogs absolutely adore puzzle toys like this. They like to put the ball-type toys inside the receptacle and then shake the ball toys free. And they also like to chew on the small toys without the holder.

Sinead the Boston terrier with her toy

I imagine that this set of toys will keep the dogs very busy this month. That's excellent.

Our shipment also contained three different treats, all of which I will be saving for Christmas. Those treats include:
  • Country Oven "Bisquits" from Grandma Bowsers. These pumpkin pie cookies seem firm, almost like a granola bar, so they should make good treats for times in which I want the dogs to stay busy and out of the way.
  • Hickory-Smoked Dynamo from Butcher's Block Bones. We get one or two of these treats every year, and while they're a little too big for Sinead, Liam loves them deeply. He'll enjoy a good chew on these bones on Christmas day.
  • Jerky Bites from And I Love You. These treats are chewy and soft, and they're easy to break apart. We'll be able to use them on walks for concentration treats. 
We also have one more toy to share with you, but I didn't get a photo of the dogs playing with it. For some reason, this toy made the dogs feel like playing a little vigorously, so all the photos I tried to take were blurry. So we'll let Fergus do the honors.

Fergus the cat with a dog toy

This is a wonderfully plush bunny on a set of tiny skiis. Both dogs felt like this little guy should be shaken with great force, but Fergus seemed content to snuggle with it. I might set it aside for sweet cat play. Why should the dogs have all the fun, right?

That's it for this month's shipment! If you'd like to see reviews of prior boxes, click here or here or here or here. And if you want to try your own BarkBox, use my code for a discount. And leave me a comment, so I'll know you were here!

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  1. Oh, that mug toy is too cute! And I love how the marshmallows not only squeak but are also removable. That will surely make for lots of fun!

  2. Awwww ... love the picture of Fergus and the bunny!