A Box Worth Barking For

If Stella could talk, she’d probably say “I love Bark Box!” (Photo by Christina Claus)

Fab Fit Fun, Birchbox, Causebox, Man Crate, Craft Beer Club, Loot Crate. With all of the subscription boxes out there, I’m sure you’ve tried one. Who wouldn’t? You get a few new surprise products, usually valued at more than what you pay for the box, every month.
But why should you have all the fun?

Your dog can partake in the subscription box craze too.Each month, you can watch your dog bound toward you, and see the realization cross their big puppy eyes that the package is for them.

A dog is part of the family. They’re waiting at the door, tail wagging as you come up the walkway. They’re sitting next to you on the floor, waiting for the bite of dinner you pretend you don’t give them. They lie beside you as you sleep, offering support and warmth.

Chewcrassic

BarkBox is the perfect way to get your dog barking with excitement. Founded in 2012 by Matt Meeker, Henrik Werdelin and Carly Strife, BarkBox has grown from providing its monthly boxes to adding Bark Super Chewer, which includes durable and fluff-free toys, a Bark Shop of products, products at retail giants such as Target and Bark Park, a members-only club for dogs and their humans.

To try out the box, you go through a brief questionnaire about your doggo. Choose your dog’s gender, write their name and pick from three size options-small and cute (0 to 20 pounds), just right (20 to 50 pounds) and big and bold (50 pounds plus). After, select the dog’s breed(s), birthday and allergies. Determine if you want the 12-month box for $22 per box, six-month box for $25 per box or the monthly subscription at $29 per box. A premium toy can be added to each box for an additional $9 a month.

The themes of the boxes are the best part. Over the last few months, the company has had Shakespeare in the Dog Park (featuring Apawthecary’s Poison, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, A Midsummer Night’s Duck and more), Chewrassic Bark (complete with Herbert the Herbivore, Airborne Archie and a T-Rex Bone), Sniffs from the Abyss (containing Kelly LeJellyfish, Spike the Sea Slug and Pumpkin, Bacon and Kelp treats) and Thankstuffing (filled with the Ducken Stuffed Turkey, Mashed Potato Mountain, and beef, pork
and sweet potato treats).

December’s box is The Muttcracker, which features Nikolai the Nutcracker (a squeaky toy), Walt and Wilma’s Sleigh (a multipart toy), Paulina the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Santa hat for your furry friend, Mother Ginger’s Cranberry Cookies and Dance of the Berry Dazzled Duck treats.

The Muttcracker

My Dog’s Review:

I wish I could tell you she told me you loved them, but being able to understand Stella is a wish of mine that will never come true. From what I could tell, she did. And still does. She still carries around her Halloween RIP Squirrel tombstone and grass patch around and flings Voltage Vinny side to side before she settles with just munching on the rope. The Snackening beef treats are one of her favorites. From the Summer Daze collection, she’ll spend an hour squeaking the Slurpee plush and carry the water balloon (water-friendly) toy in her mouth by the tie.

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Christina Claus
Christina Claus is the former editor of Port Washington News.

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