Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Product: Barking Rad Box
Age Range: n/a – dogs only!
Manufacturer’s Description: This is our original box, packed with on-trend accessories, fun toys, grooming products and delicious treats. This box is perfect for your everyday hound who loves to have fun playing with new toys whilst looking and smelling like top dog. Treat your pooch today, it costs £24.95 per month with free delivery.
Review: Barking Rad is a subscription box for dogs, dedicated to bringing dogs the best safe toys and healthy snacks from UK based manufacturers. We were sent a bog to try out with Homily, and we also took some of the goodies over to my Mother in Law’s house to try out with her pack of Norwich Terriers!
The Barking Rad subscription box is sent out via Royal Mail, with no delivery charge. Our box was well packed, with tissue paper protecting the products where necessary. Inside the box we got a leaflet telling us more about each brand included, which was a nice touch. Here is an unboxing video we filmed, with some reactions from Homily and my mother-in-law’s dogs!
In our Barking Rad box, we received:
Coconut Blush Skin and Paw Salve – £3.50
This paw salve is for cracked paws and skin – it smells great, scented with peppermint and lavender. Hemp oil and shea butter are great ingredients for healing dry skin.
These treats have been a huge hit with Homily and all of Ruth’s Norwich Terriers as well. They are basically a beef sunday roast dinner with added flour. You can see the vegetables inside the treats! These are handmade in Edinburgh and don’t contain any artificial colourings or preservatives. Homily thinks they are very yummy and goes bananas whenever the bag is rustled!
Arton & Co Dog Donut – £4.00 for four
These doggy minutes are basically oats, peanut butter & coconut biscuits topped with a doggy version of royal icing with natural yogurt. Homily really enjoyed hers, although she ate it so fast and it was so big she got a bit too eager and had to cough a bit back up again! Made in Preston, they are a fun – and a bit different – dog treat.
This “dog beer” is a bit different to the normal type of treat. Basically a gravy flavoured product, it can be added to dog biscuits to add moisture and taste, or to a bowl of drinking water for added taste. Again, this product is produced in the UK… and is non-alcoholic, of course!
My Person Loves Me Moustache Toy – £3.50
These toys are hilarious! If your dog carries it around the right way, they look like they have a thick black moustache – so funny. Homily isn’t bothered by toys but we took them over to Ruth’s house and the puppies went barmy for them. It is made in Lincoln and is a lovely soft youtucorduroy plush toy.
Total RRP of the items is £13.49, for a box costing £24.95, and the postage paid on this box was £3.30 – so we got £16.49 worth of products & delivery costs. That’s more than £8 more expensive that the items. Most subscription boxes offer a saving on the total product cost as part of the appeal, but I don’t think that is a priority on the Barking Rad box.
Instead, the main appeal of this box seems to be that it is full of items handmade in the UK by an independent businesses and crafters. They are trying to raise awareness that the dog toy market is unregulated in the UK, and inside their boxes you won’t find any toys with toxic paint or harmful chemicals – unlike in shops.
The items in this box are all really interesting and they are all new brands to us. I love the concept of supporting UK based small businesses with a regular box like this. The dogs have all loved the treats, and the moustache toys were a huge hit with the puppies at Granny’s house! We give this box 4 stars.