July BarkBox Review

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’re probably well aware of how ridiculous I am about my dog. She’s the love of my life (Sorry, hun), and I honestly think bringing her home was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I do, admitedly, spoil her rotten, so when I first heard about BarkBox, I had to try it out.

BarkBox is a monthly subscription box filled with puppy toys and treats. It’s available in three different sizes; small, medium and large. They do this to tailor the products in their boxes so they’re appropriate for your pup.  You pick your subscription plan (one month, 3 months, or 6 months) and then you’re set. It was a pretty easy sign up process (Maybe a little TOO easy). DogFrmMars had no idea it was coming, because, well, she’s a dog.  But I was super excited for it.

The website says they ship on the 15th of the month, and I was really impressed by how quickly it arrived, considering it was coming from the US.  It came in the mail on the 21st.

July's Barkbox

DFM was excited about BarkBox before we even opened it.  Maybe she could smell the goodness through the box. Inside, there were 4 treats and a toy.

The first product we tried from this month’s BarkBox was the Superior Farms USA Beef Pizzle Stick. While some people are a bit squeamish about pizzle sticks because of what they’re made of (It’s just bull penis, nothing to get excited about…unless, maybe… you’re a–nevermind), we weren’t bothered by it and it was probably a favourite from this month’s box for DFM.  Next in the box was a package of PetSafe Indigo Triple Chews. These grain-free chews are blue and flavoured with blueberries and chicken, containing probiotics and work as a teeth-cleaner. My pup loved them, and I was happy to see the blue colour of the treat didn’t stain the carpet she decided to eat the chew on.

Up next in the BarkBox, Bixbi Daily Essentials Chicken Breast Jerky Treats, which are free of soy, corn and wheat, were not surprisingly, a huge hit with DFM. We broke the jerky strips into small pieces and used them as a reward for training. I’ve also broken up a strip to put in her Kong ball. She goes mad for this jerky.

The last treat in this month’s BarkBox was Mr. Barksmith’s Pina Colada Smoothie, described as made from human-grade food ingredients, is wheat, gluten and dairy free and can be given to your dog at room temperature or frozen.  This smoothie smelled amazing, exactly like a Pina Colada, it had me craving one.  Uhh.. A pina colada.  Not the dog treat. We served it to DFM frozen, on a hot summer afternoon after some outside play.  She sniffed it and gave it a try, but after that, ignored the smoothie and left it to melt.

The toy in this month’s box was a fabric, squeaky, stuffed shark. The Harry Barker Play Shark Toy is described by Barkbox as ‘an extra durable, multi-textured’ toy. DFM loves her shark; she carries it around, plays tug and fetch with it and when all else fails, it works as a pillow.  So far, this toy has stood up to her rougher play style and she hasn’t managed to rip the toy or pop the squeakers in it, which is really saying something as popping the squeakers in stuffed toys is DFM’s favourite game.

BarkBox was a fun experience and I’m glad we gave it a try.  If you’d like to spoil your pups rotten, you can give BarkBox a try by subscribing here (and you’ll get 10% off your first subscription and spoil DFM by earning her a free month).


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He spoke into his pillow.

“What? Did you say you were going to put the coffee on?”

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Listed: Wanderlust


Downtown Perth


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