We really do love monthly subscription boxes in our house, and this month Little Pea (who’s growing into quite a big legume these days) has been in his element as he had not only 1 doggie box to enjoy but 2! He’s always super excited whenever they come through the post and tries to bite the boxes open before I get a chance to open them for him. This month we were treated to a Pawesome Box, and a Barkbeats Box.
Previously reviewed both, but just had to do a follow up as they are still amazing for the money and well worth treating your furry friend to if they are a fan of variety. We’ve been lucky to love dogs in the past that quite frankly would have turned their noses up at the treats and toys in these kind of boxes, but back then there wasn’t much of a selection so they weren’t used to getting anything different and therefore were never that excited. Thankfully the fur friends we love today adore trying new exciting treats, and playing with innovative toys to keep their brains active.
Let’s dive in and show you first the awesome Pawesome Box;
Bag of Low Fat Chicken Sushi
1 HUGE bone
1 Name Tag
Duvo+ Giggly Toy
Clean Ears Lotion
I opened the Chicken Sushi quietly but forgot our dogs can hear a toy squeak 3 miles away so there wasn’t much I could do once I was bombarded with slobbering dogs, so once we got them to sit I handed them round. Daddy Bo came back more than once for one so I slipped a couple extra in his dog bed for him for later, and shared the rest. They’re not so much sushi than dehydrated chicken wraps. Smell ok, although not much like chicken, are about the diameter of yoyo, and around 2mm thick. Took them a little while to chew through but a nice alternative to regular rawhide chews which I’m not a huge fan of due to the colourings used.
The huge bone. I don’t know if I like the idea of my dogs eating bones. I’ve always had a bad experience with them either splintering, or them causing a row between 1 or 2 of them because of jealousy. Saying that, if we only had 1 dog, I would allow them to have the bone under strict supervision. We didn’t open this though and give it to ours, erring to give it to our neighbours dog who is on his own without any others and as far as I know he’s loving it as we’ve not heard him bark out the back garden for a few days so if probably scoffing it as we speak.
The name tag is one of those that you write your furry friends details on, roll it up and pop it inside. I prefer to use chrome dog tags with “I’m chipped” written on one side and our details on the other as I don’t think you should put your pets name on the tag for the simple reason – security. If (God forbid) your dog gets out or goes missing, people who don’t know your dog cannot claim to own it as they don’t know the dogs name. If they don’t know the name, the dog might not respond as well as the dog would to you so there’s a little security at least. But these little colourful capsule name tags are pretty good and less intrusive I suppose. They’re great to twin with a small bell though which is what we had to do to Shelby when she was smaller as she loved to hide under the bush we had and dig her way round it. A little jingle bell attached to the dog tag would alert us to when she was digging then as it would sound like a row of wind chimes jangling in a gale force. We did though have to relieve her of the bell though when Pea came to live with us as it turned into the green light for him to jump on her head. Hmm.
Onto the Duvo+ toy. I just thought that it was a regular rubber ball but pulling it out of the packaging, and handing it to Pea, resulted in what I can only refer to as a “giggle” sound coming out of the hole in the side. Much like the wiggly giggly balls that were huge in the noughties (although they weren’t really welcomed by the dogs we had back then who preferred to hide from them than play with them) this has the same giggle which you shake to activate and doesn’t drive you nuts like the wiggly giggly did when you rolled it along the ground. Pea has played with this every single day since he received it. It’s been buried underneath the peach tree, under my pillow, in my shoes, under the furniture and also left in the middle of the rain yet it still giggles like a goodun. This was actually the best thing out of this months box as it’s been used and played with loads and is still in one piece.
Vay had an ear infection not so long ago and managed to clear it with the help of ear drops and having her ears cleaned a few times a day so receiving a bottle of Clean Ears I thought might be a god send however reading the ingredients I spied Boric Acid, and if I’m honest, I don’t want to use something that contains a poison as we have a few toy dogs and knowing that boric acid can cause toxic effects with a little as 631mg per pound of body weight I didn’t want to chance it. It’s such a shame as it looked so promising but you do have to be aware when you use things on your dogs that there is always a chance that one of the others may lick the solution and I certainly don’t want the puppy exposed to those types of chemicals as he’s the one that tends to lick the others faces.
Finally the squeaky Pig. Unfortunately anything squeaky in this house gets destroyed within a matter of minutes with Pea as he’s quite a destructive little pup so we let him have it for 10 minutes and then had to take it away. It’s about the size of a large potato so he couldn’t fit it in his mouth but if he has anything like that for long he will chew it into tiny pieces and leave trails of it all over the house. When he gets a little older and we can trust him just to play with it rather than eat it then it will come out of the toy cupboard again.
Overall it’s a lovely box and even though we didn’t use a couple of the bits, it’s still worth it to at least try new things. This box is available for £19.90 per month, and £15.90 for a years worth and available direct from Pawesome Box themselves.
Our next box, the brilliant Barkbeats Box.
The dogs must know instinctively when they are getting a Barkbeats Box as they sit by the front door on the very day the parcel arrives in its red carrier. Today was no exception. Pea and Barry both sat by the window watching the postman get out of the van with it and shot to the front door awaiting HuDad to bring it in for them. Pea always jumps straight on the box as he wants to open it before everyone else, so I generally have to take it into the kitchen and open it on the worktop so he doesn’t steal everything out of it. We were sitting out in the garden today so we opened it on the table out there, with Pea trying his hardest to jump up and knock it out of the box.
Fab stuff in this months box:
Barks&Sparks Ice Cream
Rosewood Tyre Toy
Boswelia Tomato Snacks
Pea has had Rosewood Toys ever since he arrived here at his forever home. I’m a huge fan of their items as they have some really innovative ones as well as some that are super cute. 99% though do have a fluffy inner (which Pea loves to pull out and leave everywhere) are made of fabric and also have a small squeaker inside. As we’ve been told that squeakers are not great for dogs as they emulate smaller furry animals, I will normally unpick the stitching and remove it but Pea has other ideas and will try to snatch it back out of my hands and destroy it anyway. Sadly this toy went the very same way and within 5 minutes it had 1 leg removed with half the inner filling left strewn over the patio.
The Tyre Toy however is a whole different kettle of fish. It claims to be for the most aggressive chewer and so when Pea took that off me, he tried his hardest to remove the rope and a few hours later the rope was still intact (YAY) I don’t think though it will last that long as once he gets it in his head that he wants the rope out of the tyre he usually succeeds and we end up with 2 toys from the 1 item. Probably the reason why I have several rubber rings detached from their ropes buried in my pillows when I go to bed with their counterparts in pieces over the patio. The boys a chewing nightmare, but we still love him.
The Hov Hov Lollipop was nearly stolen out of the box initially as when I pulled open the wrapping that holds all the goodies in, it was stuck to the label and swung within mm of Pea’s wandering nose. Luckily I managed to grab it and share it between them – would love to have had a few though as they just ended up circling me to give them the little stick with the bow that delightfully decorated it. Made with Oat Flakes, graham flour, yogurt, cranberries without salt, sugar, colourings or preservatives, would be perfect in a doggy hamper for your flurries at Christmas! I now have to find out where to get them so I can get a supply in.
Now we all love ice cream when it’s hot (notice the word “when” as I think we’re all still waiting to see his cheery face this Summer) but ice cream in it’s regular form is a little too high in fat and sugar for our furries so Barks & Sparks have made it accessible now for dogs! Supplied in a powder and a cute little ice cream tub, you mix the powder with either warm water or natural yogurt, pop it in the freezer for a few hours, then serve to your furry family. We received strawberry and coconut which smelt amazing as powder form, but when I mixed it with yogurt took on more of the natural yogurt flavour which was a little disappointing. I regretted mixing it with yogurt but I’ll buy some again to try it with the other recommendation and see if that’s any better. Mind you, I don’t know why I’m worried about what it smells like – Pea will love it whatever it smells like I’m sure as will the rest of them, it’s dog ice cream after all and not the soya iced dessert I eat so I don’t really have an opinion.
Once the ice cream has frozen just spoon it out for your dogs, however as I used natural yogurt the ice crystals were quite large, so instead of feeding it to them when it froze, we only froze it for a few hours, then mixed it back up again to break the crystals up and re-froze it to make it creamier. I remember my mum doing the same when she used to make our ice cream as kids and it works with this too giving them a smoother treat rather than an icy crunch dessert.
Finally, the Boswelia Tomato Snacks. When Andy goes off for a while, a couple of the dogs suffer with separation anxiety so what I tend to try and do when they get agitated is take a little bag of dog treats and throw them around the garden for them, hiding a few and try to get them to use their hunting senses to find the food instead of wasting their energy worrying. These little balls of goodness were perfect for this as I took a handful and scattered them around the garden. They spent so much time looking for them, digging them out of things and generally having fun that they didn’t even notice Andy had popped out for a bit. I couldn’t though find out where to buy them on the net, so I’ll have to do a bit more investigating as they all seemed to love them. Made with flour, fresh eggs, butter an tomatoes (I actually didn’t know dogs could have a little tomato so that was a surprise) they’re crunchy, about the size of a grape, orange coloured treats and went down extremely well. Overall this was a fab box in which we got to use everything in and had some very happy furry friends during the afternoon. The only casualty of the afternoon was the dog toys leg, but a few stitches at the dog toy hospital and he’ll be right as rain again… at least he will when I can find him again as I’ve no idea where Pea has stashed him. As long as I don’t end up with a dog toy head in my bed tonight, I’ll be a happy Humummy.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Barkbeats Box, then pop on over to BarkBeats where you can buy it for 50% off with the code BBHALF if it’s your first box, and £14.90 per box if it isn’t. Best value is of course £13.50 for a year, but by all means try one box first and see if your furry friend loves it as much as ours.