"We're all reprints of yesterday, and its time we changed the ink" - @bigfatbrowndog
The first thing I thought when I saw the September Barkbox was that it was of a high quality and there was a substantial amount detail put into the products and the box. The whole design showed that the box had had time to develop and alter to meet the needs of what each dog required, this was conveyed in the items we received.
The Tail Wagger:
When I opened The Tail Wagger box instantaneously I noticed a large quantity of items. The amount surprised us and the variation in the type of products also was very interesting. Due to the newness of the box it was very personal and this was portrayed in the “little things” that the box possessed.
The first thing to note about the boxes was the difference in size, granted they held roughly the same amount of products (Barkbox, approximately 412.5cm3 and The Tail Wagger, approximately 432.25cm3) The Tail Wagger retained slightly more and despite my initial love for the Barkbox’s shape I believe that The Tail Wagger would take up less space in a kitchen cupboard for example. Although the design on the Barkbox is a wonderful idea as the illustrations don't just add humour to the Box they also add a great deal of life and so don’t only make the dog happy when the boxes open they also make the owner smile as they obverse the products in the box.
One of the most important things, for Meg and I, in the boxes were the toys that we received. Firstly they were both aesthetically pleasing and so they caught our attention as soon as we open the boxes. The choice to get toys with squeakers was much appreciated by Meg as she clearly enjoyed playing with them. However I believed that the Barkbox toy “Loopies Fish Bone Toy” was more appropriate for a play toy, especially for a large Labrador like Meg that enjoys nothing more than a game of “Tug of war” and despite the concept of the “Invincible's” toy from The tail wagger, although a toy that retains it squeaker is a positive, I believe that for an average play toy its more likely to break than the Barkbox toy and if I saw them in a shop I would buy the "Loonies Fish Bone Toy".
Along with an enjoyable, stimulating play time there is nothing more delectable than a nice treat afterwards. Both of these treats caught Meg's as I opened the boxes and out of curiosity I was intrigued as to which treat Meg would like the most, on two out of three goes she chose the “Bixbi Daily essentials Chicken breast jerky treats” over the “Roast Chicken Apple & Sage Dog treats” however it occurred to me that she may have been judging the treats on their sizes and so I repeated this with the Barkbox treats cut into the same size as The Tail Wagger treats and she chose The Tail Wagger treats. This leads me to believe that they are the better choice however I would personally give the Barkbox ones at night time as a treat and I would use The Tail Wagger ones when ever we go out to praise her for good behaviour. I also wouldn't opt for changing the sizes as she appeared to like both treats equally. I was extremely impressed with the quality from both parties and would strongly advise that we saw more of them in the other boxes.
In both boxes there were also another box of treats. It was clear that Meg clearly favoured the “Healthy Dogma Coconut Barkers” over the “Billy + Margot Popcorn for dogs” however I believe that this is because Meg likes to chew something and she seemed to be getting aggravated with the popcorn getting stuck in between her teeth. It maybe for some dogs but Meg seemed to prefer the Barkbox treats.
The first thing I noticed about the “Mr. Barksmith’s Pina Colada Smoothie” was that it didn't appear to be a very appetising product and after Meg had tried it frozen, my predictions came to fruition as she didn't seem very enthusiastic about finishing it after she'd started. I believe that the idea was good however, like the “Billy + Margot Popcorn for dogs” it just wasn't for Meg. The “Pooch and Mutt Fresh Breath Dog Treats” was a nice surprise as the treats were very small and were ideal for going out on walk and doing photography with her, they didn't improve her breath nevertheless she enjoyed them as they were a brilliant edition to our walk. I personally would rather have the “Pooch and Mutt Fresh Breath Dog Treats” as they were very useful and very gravely appreciated by Meg.
Besides the “Invincible’s” toy from The Tail Wagger there was also a “Gourmet Range Tasty Bone” this was a very nice touch as it was nice for Meg to chew on and it can't be eaten so its like having two toys in one, which is greatly appreciated, despite Meg having a natural love of teddies and stuffed animals to play with she seemed to enjoying this bone just as much. Although the Barkbox only had one toy it also had a “Etta Says Duck Chew” this was devoured very quickly as Meg seemed to be a tremendous fan of it, I believe it was due to the flavour. I would definitely recommend having both of the products above in any box as they were a welcomed addition to the rest of the products in the boxes. Inside The Tail Wagger there was also a “Natural Dog Company Snout Soother” along with a bow. I couldn't see myself using the snout soother on Meg however it'll be good to know I have it for those cold winter mornings if its needed. As for the bow, I do acknowledge the personal touch however I wouldn't see myself using it with Meg, if it lit up at night when we went for walks I could contemplate using it, although due to its simplicity I don’t think i’d use or buy it.
*The card from Barkbox is in place of the things that were eaten by Meg before the photos were taken, I apologise if you wanted to see the entire Barkbox package.