Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Maddie’s First BarkBox

by Meghann on July 8, 2015

This post is sponsored by BarkBox

Maddie had a special delivery last week – her very first BarkBox.

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Can you tell she was excited?

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Maddie’s life is about to be turned upside down. A baby is on its way and she has absolutely no idea. I’ve tried telling her (multiple times!), but something tells me the message isn’t getting through. Most people read a million-and-one pregnancy/ baby books when expecting, I’ve been sinking my teeth into anything I can find about introducing your dog to a new baby. I even got a recommendation from my vet for a local trainer that specializes with helping pets adjust to new environments (baby = new environment). Maddie may be “just a dog” to some folks, but she’s my furchild and I want to make sure she knows how much we love and appreciate her before the baby comes and when the baby is here. I haven’t been stressing about much this pregnancy, but Maddie is a hot topic for me.

As the bump continues to grow, I’ve been spoiling Maddie with extra love and attention each and every day. We’re continuing to enjoy our daily runs/walks, evening games of fetch, nightly rubdowns, and we’ve started a BarkBox subscription.

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BarkBox is a subscription box service dedicated to dogs. Each box contains 4-6 full-sized products that can be anything from treats, to toys, to other various goodies; all delivered right to your door.

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We received our first box last week and Maddie was a fan. It’s rare that I open a box and give her free reign over everything inside. She immediately bonded with the squeaky tree frog – her clear favorite of the entire box.

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Maddie is really sensitive when it comes to treats. Not only is she a picky eater, she also has unknown allergies that give her itchy skin if she eats the wrong thing.

BarkBox edible products do not include formaldehyde and are made with minimal processing; no glycerin whenever possible; wheat, gluten, soy, corn, filler-free whenever possible; organic whenever possible. You can also request special allergy-friendly BarkBoxes. Just email happy@barkbox.com once you’ve placed your order.

Fortunately Maddie did not turn her nose to the BBQ Chicken Mini Yumzies in her BarkBox.

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We’re still working our way through the rest of the goodies. There are enough to keep her occupied for a while.

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BarkBox plans start at $18/month and are tailored to your dog’s size. You can also adjust how long (or short!) of a subscription you’ll need. We basically did a starter box this month to see how she likes it/ worth continuing. I plan to invest in the 6 month subscription once the baby is here. Hopefully the new toys/ treats will continue to keep her entertained.

Want to try it for your furbaby? Use the coupon code MEALSANDMILES to add 1 free month to any plan during check out (i.e. if you purchase a 3-month plan, you’ll receive 4 months of BarkBox, if you purchase a 6-month plan you’ll receive 7 months, etc…). Click here to take advantage of the offer now.

Have you tried BarkBox? What were your thoughts?

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