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How to Spoil Your Dog #BarkBoxDay

BarkBox dog

I am a proud dog mom who is proud to spoil her dog. I make no bones about it: After a long week, my dog looks forward to spending time with me and I look forward to giving him something for being a pawsome patient little boy all week long. If you want to spoil your dog and are proud of being a loving pet parent, you must try happiness in a box that comes to your doorstep.

Answer yes if any of the following apply to your dog:

* My dog thinks every box delivered is for him/her

* My dog deserves to get fun toys and safe, healthy treats

* I want my dog to receive items I can’t find in most stores

* I love to make my dog feel happy

If you answered yes to at least one of the above, BarkBox® is for you. If you answered ‘yes’ to all four of the above, you and I are officially besties BOL (bark out loud) and your dog deserves a BarkBox.

This is actual footage of what happens when a BarkBox arrives at our residence:

I am a self-admitted dog mom who views her dog as a member of the family. Heck, I even call him a kid. I know I am not alone. In all the years I have been a dog writer/blogger, I’ve yet to try the BarkBox monthly subscription service. Until now. And I am hooked.

I wasn’t sure what to expect: I travel the country, attend pet expos, trade shows, conferences, and I am in a pet supply store at least once a week. Heck, I even work in the pet industry and I shop online. I’ve seen it all in terms of pet products. Or so I thought.

Happy BarkBox Dexter dog
Is this the face of a happy dog or what?

Everything from the packaging to the contents inside the BarkBox blew me away. How cute is it that the theme for June is “Garden Party.” Hey BarkBox team, you have some really clever pet parents working there.  This paw-ticular Garden Party box included:

The R2P BumbleeBee Silly Bum Bumblebee

Nina Ottosson Dog Pyramid (my dog loves these games, as loyal readers know) which is…..get ready for it….all the “buzz!”

Superfood dog protein treats with peanut butter and honey

(see a theme here?)

and we are swooning for the Hare of the Dog Rabbit Biscuits.

[Tweet “Click here for a discount on a BarkBox for dogs from @FidoseofReality #BarkBoxDay”]

Of course, there were a plethora of pooch treasures in his box of happy, but you get the picture. Happy dogs are the result of a BarkBox. If I’m being totally honest, I am happy watching my dog tear into the box and then seeing the goodies that await inside.

BarkBox Garden Party
Some of the Garden Party BarkBox fun!

What If My Dog Turns His Nose Up?

Let’s face it, there are items either a dog can’t eat due to dietary restrictions or perhaps he or she just could care less. I mean, I have a box of toys here that my dog gave the cold shoulder to now and again.

BarkBox has your dog’s back: Their Our Scout’s Honor policy will replace the damaged/disliked with no fuss. You just email the Happy team and they fetch a better item for your pooch!

How It Works

  • Pick your dog’s size
  • Pick the number of items you want and frequency of delivery
  • Get started



Now what if you want to do some shopping for items that are hard to find, not seen in most stores, and can be purchased from the comfort of home? BarkShop has the coolest of cool items for purchase. Oh dog lovers of the highest order, you have found Narnia: Go look at BarkShop. Like right now.

Bark&Co utilized years of collected product feedback and user testing to make sure that everything in the shop is safe for you and your pooch. And that makes this dog mom very happy. Happy dogs, happy dog moms: See a trend here? Oh and wag city: They also give 10% of their profits to help dogs in rescues and shelter organizations who don’t yet have a family to call their own.

winning dog

Fidose Fans Bonus

Try a BarkBox for a month for yourself and see if your pooch goes bonkers.  Here’s the Fidose of Reality link for 10 percent off anything at BarkBox.

Again, thats:

If you are on Instagram, like Fidose is, check out all the wag-tastic satisfied customers at the BarkBox Instagram page, too.

Back to my happy pooch and we’re off to play with a box full of goodies until the mailman delivers the July BarkBox!

Question: Would you love a subscription box, even to give it a try, from BarkBox?



A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the dog world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Oh I am sure my dog would LOVE that. He’s already pretty spoiled, but what’s a little more, right?

  2. Amy says

    Oscar thinks the pizza delivery guy is there for him when the doorbell rings. Seriously, he loves boxes – more than a cat!

  3. Brenda Lee says

    I’ve been skeptical of these boxes simply because I keep Titan on specific natural treats and just assumed the toys would be too small for him. After hearing some reviews, I think I’d be willing to give it a try!


    Pibbles & Me

  4. Amy Shojai, CABC says

    I’ve been curious about these kinds of services, and am delighted to learn the details…or de- tails (ducking). Thanks Carol…and Dex is super cute opening his box in the video, LOL!

  5. Emma says

    I get so many boxes of stuff delivered, my sisters and I lost interest in barking at the delivery people! When Mom brings the box in, I always sniff it up real good and can’t wait to get it opened. One day I even chewed a hole in the dog food bag, I know, I was naughty. Dex looks to be pretty thrilled with his latest box arrival.

  6. Marie says

    What’s more fun than treats being delivered every month? I didn’t know much about Bark Box and I learned a lot from this post 🙂

  7. Talent Hounds says

    Wow that Bark Box does sound good. Not sure we go through enough to need yet, but maybe I’ll try one with a bff that lives just near. Have a great weekend. Susie and Kilo

  8. Tamara says

    What a happy dog! Great selection. My daughter was just on my case yesterday because our dog doesn’t have enough treats and toys.

  9. Laura Hinckley says

    I really want to get this for my dogs but I have 3 daughters who get make up boxes and that kills my budget. One day the dogs will come first but right now 🙂 Well I will just dream haha 🙂 I love how much they put in the boxes and your dog is so lucky 🙂

  10. Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner says

    Huh. Your June BarkBox was totally different than mine. we got Bixbi treats and two Orbee toys (and a couple of other little things).

    This post is timely for me since I just published an updated “comparison” post of 7 different subscription boxes, including BarkBox.

  11. Courtney says

    I have heard lots of good things about the BarkBox! We don’t have a dog, but I think this would make a great Christmas gift for the fur babies on my shopping list!

  12. Jen Gabbard says

    That was an excellent box of loot – that pyramid looks especially awesome. Is it weird that I feel bad when I get a package in the mail for myself? Laika gets so excited every time a box shows up and I almost feel guilty when it’s just a boring pair of pants or something 🙂

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