Have you ever wandered into Best Buy and thought, “gee, I wish I could find a sales associate to help me with a thing ,” but couldn’t for the life of you actually find anyone to help you? I have the solution.
Bring a dog. I suspect any dog will do, but a cuddly Golden Retriever works nicely.
Dartmouth Crossing touts itself as a dog-friendly shopping destination, and it does a pretty good job living up to that title (you can find a list of their dog friendly stores here – it’s fairly impressive). Since we lost Guinness we’re doing more and more of our shopping in dog friendly stores so we don’t have to leave Kaylee in the car alone, and Best Buy is one of her favourites.
The sales associates genuinely love dogs … at least the way they flock to Kaylee, they seem to! She always manages to become the centre of attention int his store… but the sales associates always ask if it’s cool to pet her, which I appreciate more than you know. See, everyone assumes the wiggly Golden Retriever is friendly (and she is) but people petting my dog without asking is one of my pet peeves. Not everybody’s dog is quite as good natured. Good training for your staff, Best Buy!
I don’t know if all Best Buy locations welcome dogs so enthusiastically, so check your local site for specifics before you start parading Fido around, but kudos to the Dartmouth Crossing location for not just welcoming dogs, but embracing them… well at last my dog, but how could you help it with that smile?
(For the record, we were at Best Buy scoping out GoPro accessories… more on our new piece of kit in a future post!)
We’ve been trying to take Kaylee with us to more places lately, and so finding out which parts of Halifax (and surrounding areas) are truly dog friendly has become a bit of a mission. When we can find a place close to home, it’s always a bonus.
Some places say they’re dog friendly, but you can tell they don’t really want to be. It’s just not something they want to deal with – the dog fur, the chance for accidents, the weird looks from people as dogs roam their stores.
Jay, the owner, LOVES dogs. You can tell from the moment you walk in the store that he’s happy to have you there. And you know what? Kaylee freaking adores Jay.
Every time we go in the door she loses her mind. The wiggle-butt kicks in, and she starts wagging so hard I worry she’s going to put her eye out with her own tail. And the noises… well let’s just say everyone in a two block radius knows that Kaylee loves Jay!
This really is an awesome spot. In addition to being a terrific comics and collectables store – with some really cool locally-made stuff, too – they’re also a safe space for youth. Does it get any better?
If you have a dog, you probably have at least heard of BarkBox.
I’ve always wanted to try BarkBox. They have a great reputation, and I’ve never heard of anyone being disappointed with them, but they’re American so the not-so-favourable exchange rate has always kept me from biting the bullet before now. We enjoyed our Canadian-made Bowzer Box’s in September and October, but Kaylee’s on a diet because she’s um… a little… er… fluffy right now… and BarkBox has more toys and fewer treats in it, so it seemed like a good fit.
The last few months have been rough in our house, and Kaylee has been pretty sad. She misses her brother, and I really hoped a BarkBox would be just the thing to cheer her up.
BarkBox is the original monthly subscription box for dogs – each box “has at least 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats, and a chew, curated from each month’s unique themed collection.”
Costs for BarkBox vary depending on how long a term you sign up for, from $21/month for a year’s subscription, to $29/month for a one-off. They also have the option to “pugrade” to an extra toy each month for $9. Small, medium and large dog boxes are available, and they also have options for dogs with allergies, and special toys for power chewers. (Keep in mind, these prices are in American dollars. Ouch). I did manage to score a groupon that added the extra toy for free, so that certainly helped.
This review is for the March 2017 BarkBox, with it’s “Bento & Blossoms” theme.
Here’s what we got!
(All descriptions taken from the BarkBox shop, BarkShop.com. Most of the products in this box are exclusive to BarkBox, or made specifically for them… that’s buying power for you!)
Etta Says 10″ Liver Chew – $4 USD – Treat Planet
Determined dogs love this Beef Liver Super Chew because it’s delicious, nutritious, and a whole heckuva lot of fun to chew. Nutrient-dense beef liver is blended with super-tough beef ligament to make a flavor-packed chew that doesn’t give up easy. Made in the USA by Treat Planet, it’s tough and crunchy for dogs who love to work for their reward.
Mr. Sakay Salmon and Rice Treat – $6.00 USD – Mountain Country Foods
Just like the best Teishoku House in Japan, we’ve curated a complete treat made from delicious fresh salmon and hearty brown rice. These soft and chewy morsels were made in the USA with no weird dyes, fillers, or preservatives. With wholesome ingredients and a delectably delicate flavor, these treats are sure to make your dog say “Arigatou.”
Snickity Snacks Wheat-Free Shareables Granola Clusters – $8 USD – Treat Planet
Open a bag of Coconut and Cranberry Shareables dog treats, and the only thing you’ll have to worry about is who gets the last bite. Made in the USA by the the folks at Snicky Snaks, this crunchy treat is for your dog AND you. Baked with USDA organic-certified ingredients, the 100% human-grade recipe features sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, wheat flakes, and dried cranberries, blended together in rich coconut oil. With these tasty, crunchy treats, you and your pup will have all the fuel you need for your next nature walk, camping trip, or couchsurfing marathon.
Murphy’s Mochi – $12 USD – A BarkBox Exclusive
This dessert-inspired mochi toy is sure to tickle your dog’s squeak tooth. Three kawaii mochi, with squeakers inside, slide up and down a t-shirt rope, making a games of tug sweeter than ever. Easily whipped and flipped, your pup will be entertained for ages by thrashing around this string of smilin’ gems.
Sydney’s Salmon Nigiri – $10 USD – A BarkBox Exclusive
othin’ but raw fun here. This palm-sized toy is ideal for a game of fetch with your favorite fine diner. The picture-perfect piece of sushi houses a high-pitched squeaker to enhance the experience of play. It’s a delicate noise for the delicate simplicity of Nigiri. Mmm, chewmami flavor.
If it holds treats, it’ll be a hit.
Bella’s Bloomin’ Lotus Blossom – $12 USD – A BarkBox Exclusive
Traditionally, the lotus flower represents elegance, purity, perfection, and grace. If that doesn’t also describe dogs… well at least the perfection part does. This toy is a multi-layered playtime staple befitting its beautifully complex namesake. Crinkle-lined petals create the soundtrack for finding treats that can be tucked into the pockets inside the toy. Made with durable canvas and reinforced seams, this is not a delicate flower.
All in all, this was a really awesome box. I actually ordered in early April, but BarkBox sends out your first box right away, which meant we didn’t have to wait till mid-month to receive it. The extra toy was definitely a great addition for Kaylee. I don’t know why, but having more toys makes the box feel more… worth it, I guess? I do feel like this was a good value for what we paid. But the most important question is… what did Kaylee think?
I only ordered the one month – with exchange and shipping, this bad boy ended up costing $46.55 CAD ( and that’s with the groupon for the free toy…which would normally be another $9 USD). That isn’t a bad value for what we got in our box – in fact it’s pretty good – but is a little rich for every month. We’ll definitely be ordered again in the future though! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend BarkBox – it’s just what we all needed as a pick me up.
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