I got really interested in dog subscription boxes recently. I am getting a box for me, so why shouldn’t Marlo, especially when he is so interested in mine? I did some research online and read plenty of reviews to understand that two top ones are BarkBox and Chewy.com Goody Box. Not sure which one to get, I ordered both. With discounts and a coupon from friend, I got them both for free.
They arrived at about the same time, promptly, right before Christmas. I decided to keep them unopened until after the holidays for two reasons – first, Marlo already had something under a Christmas tree to unwrap, and second, I wanted to keep some gifts for when it’s all over and a bit sad.
Once all the holiday hoopla was finished and all the parties done, it was time to open the boxes. We started with BarkBox. While Marlo is a known chewer, I decided to not go for Super Chewer upgrade, but instead try their regular kind. I think I would go for the extra tough Super Chewer toys if I decided to sign up for this box.
Overall, BarkBox left me with a very good feeling. I loved my experience from the beginning to the end, end meaning the destruction of toys, which hasn’t happen just yet. This box had a Nutcracker Christmas theme and it was beautiful. I can say that toys were really original and I am not sure if I would be able to buy them somewhere else, besides BarkBox website. This is what the box included:
- Wilhelm the Walnut – a sturdy round chew rubber ball covered by plush cover on the outside that could be hung on the Christmas tree.
- Nikolai the Nutcracker – an ornament, a toy, and a treat dispenser in one. It squeaks, crinkles, holds a treat, and is all together fun. I love that it feels tough.
- Lamb Stick for chew – it’s hard and crunchy, so hopefully it’ll provide some long lasting chewing pleasure.
- Bark Mother Ginger’s Cranberry Cookies – the triangle treats smell amazing, have no soy, corn, wheat, or grain, and are loved by Marlo.
- Bark Dance of the Sugar Yum Piggy – pork recipe dog treats that smell divine and go into Nikolai treat dispenser. Marlo would even roll over for them.
- $10 OFF with a Multi-Month Subscription
- $5 OFF First Box
All, in all, I think I will give 10 out of 10 for BarkBox. I simply found nothing wrong with it at all and don’t imagine what else I could ask for. Even if the box is not for Super Chewers, the toys look and feel sturdy. I love the theme and toys that I don’t think I could find somewhere else. It is definitely worth my $29 monthly dollars. Or $21 if I decide to sign up for a year!
Let’s take a look at Chewy Goody Box for puppies now. I ordered a puppy box, because it’s the last time Marlo can pass for a puppy since he just turned 1 year old. This puppy is 60 pounds, but is still acting like my 7 year old son.
This box normally costs $24, but can be had for free with 12-month subscription or with first time customer coupons. It looks bigger than BarkBox and has 7 items, versus 5 from BarkBox. It is also cheaper than BarkBox, so it wins for the value provided.
- $15 OFF Dog Subscription Box
- Free Shipping on $49+ Order
I love Chewy already, so I am a little biased towards this company. But let’s take a look inside the box:
- Bungee Plush Squeaking Bunny Dog Toy – great for pulling, but I am not sure how much of that it will withstand. We are planning on testing it as pulling is Marlo’s favorite game.
- Planet friendly Scented Dog Poop Bags and Dispenser – a gift for me. I already use those bags and appreciate that Chewy cares about the environment with these biodegradable bags.
- Frisco Plush Champagne Dog Toy – cuddly and not very sturdy, so very likely to die soon
- American Journey Chicken Recipe Grain-Free Soft & Chewy Training Bits Dog Treats – they will be great for our “Roll Over” training, which is taking place now. They smell divine and make Marlo stand around the box with hope for a while.
- Peanut Butter Flavored Filled Beef Hoof Dog Treat – it looks tasty and long-lasting, and I have a great feeling about everything that can keep Marlo occupied for a while and not making a huge mess.
- Bones & Chews All-Natural Chicken Recipe Freeze-Dried Dog Treats – little light cubes of nicely smelling treats that go down in a second.
- Lil’ Troublemaker Dog Bandana – this one looks good, but provides little use for us as Marlo hates any kind of clothing on him, including bandanas.
I am rating this box 9 out of 10, only because toys seem very easily destroyed, but then it’s a puppy box, so I can’t really complain. OK, let it be 10 out of 10. I love the value it offers for $24 and 6 items out of 7 are perfect for us. The bandana is amazing for dogs that can handle it, but in my case I will have to gift it to someone else, which shouldn’t be a problem. I am just as likely to order this box as I am BarkBox, so that still leaves me with dilemma. It’s quite possible I will go with one for 6 months and then another 6 months with another!