Monday, March 3, 2014

February 2014 Happy Dog Box Review

We received our February Happy Dog Box on Saturday, which was March 1st.  This is the second month in a row in which our box has been late.  It is kind of frustrating, considering that I am billed for it on the 7th of the month.

Whats in a happy dog box

The Goods

Barkworthies Lamb Loin Strips Bone Treats.  Approximate retail value $1.99 each?  (I'm guessing) We have received various products from this company in the past, most recently in our December BarkBox. While I don't normally offer my dogs cooked/smoked/roasted bones, these are thin and flimsy enough that I feel comfortable doing so.  This is not something that I would normally purchase, but I will offer to my dogs.  I am sure they will be enjoyed.

Sprong! Hex Ball.  Approximate retail value $14.40.  We received a similar toy from the same company in our January BarkBox.  My opinion is the same.  This is a toy that will be destroyed in seconds by any dog weighing more than about 30 lbs or so.  It seems flimsy, and is being donated to the shelter for a smaller dog to put to good use.

 Big Daddy Biscuits. Unknown retail value.  We received a mixed bag of these treats.  All formulas contain quality, simple, locally sourced ingredients, with some being organic.  Made by a company in Atlanta, I like these treats.  When I offered one to each of my three dogs, they were readily gobbled up.

Pet n Shape Beef Scapula Dog Treat.  Approximate retail value $ 2.08.  Again, I do not normally give my dogs cooked bones at all.  This is another one that feels thin and breakable, and also feels like it won't splinter.  This is not something I would normally purchase, but may eventually offer to one of my three.  I may change my mind, though.

Barkworthies Knuckle Fillet.  Approximate retail value $8.86.  A thick, but smallish, roasted bone.  Not only is this a potential tooth breaker, but also a potential choking hazard for larger dogs. While some smaller dogs can safely chew on these, many dogs cannot.  I am disappointed when items like these are included in a subscription box.  For the price, a Nylabone or a Bully Stick(s) would be a much safer, healthier, and appropriate choice.  Just my opinion.

Smart n' Tasty Duck with Blueberries Dog Treats Approximate retail value $12.44.  These are USA made with all USA ingredients.  According to the info card, the duck is Indiana-raised.  Biscuit type treats.  Made of relatively simple ingredients, these are grain AND yeast free, which makes me happy.  No artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.  What is not to like?  I have yet to offer these to the woofers, but I am sure they will be a hit.  

Overall, I am disappointed with this Happy Dog Box.  I will keep the subscription going one more month, to see if I receive my March box during the month of March, and whether any improvements are made with the selections.  I am pleased with both packages of treats, but honestly, that is it.

Disclaimer-I am a Happy Dog Box subscriber.  I am not affiliated with Happy Dog Box, nor was I asked to do a review.  All opinions are strictly my own.


  1. Oh sorry it has not been a success for you. We don't have those over here. At least the treats were good. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. I'd be mad if I got those things, too!

  3. Doesn't seem like a great box this month. Hopefully next month will make it up to you and your pups.

  4. Ouch. Happy box isn't so happy huh? BOL! Sorry the box didn't work out for you. Hopefully you get your next one on time.
    I have recently subscribed to one (barkbox, not happy box) for the first time. I have never received one of these before, so I am looking forward to seeing what they send.
    Thanks for sharing your honest opinion on this review.
    ((husky hugz))
    frum our pack at love is being owned by a husky

  5. Sorry to hear you didn't like the box. My dogs would have loved that bone lol, but they're tiny!

  6. Ace would've loved all that stuff, but I see what you mean. Not much variety. Only one toy?

  7. What a bummer... tooth breakers are the worst.

  8. Yeah, I can see why you weren't too pleased! I've never subscribed to this service before, mainly because I keep thinking that buying the items separately is cheaper, but maybe I'm wrong. I also noticed that they are more appropriate for smaller dogs. I'm curious to see what you guys get next month.

  9. Can you not email barkbox support and ask them to not add any bones to your barkbox? I mean, I have seen them post back to people on FB when they show a toy destroyed, and they say they can change the chew-meter. Surely they can do something for you too? Like a bully stick, or another treat (even if its the same one) instead.

  10. It's nice to give your dogs rewards every now and then. It's just that the quality of the products sent to you were really bad. I'm really sorry that you had to go through such inconvenience. Have you already found another brand? Just make sure to have your place checked by experts regularly to keep those pesky mites and ticks away.

    Jessica Finley


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