barkbox collage

Maggie seems so old lately.  She turns 11 in just a few days, and you can see every year on her gray little face.  James still has a bit more pep in his step (he’s turning 10 in January), but he’s gotten slower on our walks and sometimes turns to go back home before I’m ready.  It’s sad to think they’re getting older – the dogs have been with us since the beginning. We got Maggie in the summer of 2006 after living together for a month or so, and James was adopted six months later.


They’ve lived in three different states with us, traveled with us, slept with us, and generally made life more fun (and a whole lot louder, at least when it comes to Maggie!).  Since they were so spoiled, we did have concerns about how they’d adjust to life after kids.  Maggie especially was used to being my #1, which couldn’t continue once I had actual human babies to keep alive.  I prepped her as well as I could – even walking around the house with a baby doll when I was pregnant to get her used to the idea!  Luckily, when Henry was born, both Maggie and James accepted him as their new buddy.


Hey, if you can’t beat them, join them, right?  Hah.


While I’ve got my hands full with the kids, of course I still love my dogs (and Ferguson the Cat – he’s pretty awesome).  We make a point to give the animals affection and take them on adventures.  But it often feels like they’re getting the short end of the chew toy.  That’s why I love the idea of BarkBox, a monthly subscription service of treats, toys, and goodies delivered right to your door.


Each box contains 4 – 6 full-sized products.  I have tested two different boxes and think the *best* aspect of BarkBox is that the treats are made with minimal processing, do not include junky ingredients like formaldehyde, are organic when possible, and do not contain wheat, gluten, soy, corn, or fillers when possible.  If your dog has an allergy, you can opt for a special BarkBox that doesn’t contain your pup’s particular allergen.  There are a ton of junky artificial dog treats on the market, so the high quality of the treats is very nice.  




Extra awesome —> toys, grooming products, and hygiene products are almost always sourced from American vendors.  All the treats that my pups tested were made in the USA


You guys know that I adore subscription services (we get everything from kids’ crafts to clothing to razors to air filters delivered!) and BarkBox is definitely worth being added to the list.  Because the box includes everything from toys to treats, it’s a fun way to spoil your pup and encourage more of that precious one-on-one interaction time.


BarkBox would be an awesome gift for your pet or a friend who loves her dogs!  If you want to sign up, you can get ONE MONTH FREE on any plan (ie. if you purchase a 3-month plan, you’ll receive 4 months of BarkBox, if you purchase a 6-month plan you’ll receive 7 months, etc…).  Just use the sign-up code HEALTHYTIPPINGPOINT


Question of the Day:  Tell me about your animals and what makes them so special.  I love hearing about readers’ pets. <3 <3 <3


This post is sponsored by BarkBox.  As always, thanks for reading my blog!



  • Ashley August 5, 2015, 8:02 am

    I love Barkbox! The customer service is also amazing…which is definitely a plus. Is the coupon code for new customers only or returning customers too?

    • Caitlin August 5, 2015, 9:13 am

      Good Q. I will ask and let you know!

      • Ashley August 5, 2015, 7:48 pm


      • Caitlin August 6, 2015, 5:59 am

        Only for new clients, unfortunately! Sorry!

  • Ali August 5, 2015, 8:22 am

    I just adopted a very sweet 3-year old golden retriever and was hoping to get him barkbox but he has GI issues that prevent him from being able to have edible chew toys, treats, etc. Poor boy. The good news is that he likes praise and toys just as much as treats. 🙂

    How do the dogs get along with your cat? I have an almost 10-year old cat that is still adjusting to the dog. The dog super sweet to the cat and knows his boundaries but my cat still seems a bit scared of him even though she’s been around dogs her whole life.

    • Caitlin August 5, 2015, 9:13 am

      Ferguson is Alpha – so was Pippa (our previous cat). He is definitely in charge, so I don’t have to worry about how the dogs impact the cat – it’s the other way around! Sometimes Ferg chases Maggie, haha.

  • Cassie August 5, 2015, 10:28 am

    I have a cat that is our fur child, and I’m also hoping he adjusts easily when our first human baby comes along.

  • Jolene ( August 5, 2015, 11:26 am

    Awwwwwe, how cute!! What a great idea!!

  • Kelly August 5, 2015, 11:26 am

    That picture of James in front of the door is precious! I have a crew on my hands – one dog (almost 12…so I feel your sadness on their aging!) and three cats. I was never a cat person, but alas, I love them dearly now. The cats are all rescues, and one of them only has one eye. She makes me laugh daily with her shenanigans. My littlest (and first) cat just showed up on the doorstep, and our no-kill shelter had a two-week waiting list, so … you can guess … she took over the house, making me fall in love with all things feline, so when the two weeks was up, there was no way we were giving her up! My third cat was what I like to call a mid-life crisis. I moved away from a place I loved dearly, and I think subconsciously I needed something to love on / something to love on me. Ha. I saw her on Black Friday and it took me almost a week (of crying) to decide on her. But, I truly feel we are soul mates. She’s quiet and sweet and thinks I’m the mother cat. While she was the tipping point of “whoa I have way too many animals,” I’m also so very glad she’s here. They are all joy and laughter and happiness when the rest of the world is ugly. I think I’ll look into the Barkbox for Max. He HATES his walks anymore, so maybe some new toys and treats will cheer him up!

  • Emily August 5, 2015, 11:31 am

    I have 2 adopted fur babies, one boxer/pit mix who’s 10 this year (the first dog I’ve EVER had; I don’t want her to get any older!), and one boxer/bullmastiff who’s 7. I decided to get Nitro so that Peaches wouldn’t be alone all day while I’m in med school, and they ADORE one another; it worked out so much better than I ever could have hoped! We just moved into a house with a big yard, and I have some seriously happy pooches right now 🙂

  • Lindsey August 5, 2015, 11:40 am

    Your dogs look so sweet! I have two of my own as well! One is a rescue dog. He’s 7 years old and has been my best bus since college. My other is a 6-year old Carolina Dog that my husband and I got when we were dating. She has become my baby and is a ball of energy! Love them both!

  • Peggi Konvicka August 5, 2015, 1:30 pm

    Love your pups, they are precious. I have a black kitty named Kolby. He is getting up there in age too. We got him right as we were moving in together back in 2001, so my fuzzy boy is 14. He has thyroid disease so we hope he continues to do as well as he is currently and live many more years. I do worry tho since he is now considered “geriatric” that one day I am going to have to say goodbye. But I give him lots of attention and love, so he is a happy boy 🙂

  • Amanda August 5, 2015, 2:29 pm

    I’m writing about Bark Box later this month- I love this service so much!!! 😀 WOOF!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 5, 2015, 2:44 pm

    How fun! I want a cat version!

  • Richie Smith August 5, 2015, 4:23 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog, particularly since I am a triathlete and have an elderly dog, who still thinks he’s young. Keep up the great material.

  • Kinnereth August 6, 2015, 2:40 am

    I’ve been hearing great things about Bark Box!
    My Oscar Mayer (you guessed, a dachshund) has been my baby for 7+ years. I got him on a whim because I was a lonely single girl. Now I’m married with a baby and he is still here! Love him and his goofy self. He is a typical doxie who loves to burrow and cuddle. I think he is special because he has very expressive eyes <3 I hope he will be around as long as Maggie & James!

  • Janelle @ Wholly Healthy August 7, 2015, 2:13 am

    I have a nearly 13-year-old lab, who is currently cuddled up against my leg. I love her constant companionship and how happy she is just to go on a walk or get a treat. She has so much personality and knows just what to do to get what she wants.

  • Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy August 9, 2015, 5:15 am

    My dogs are about the same age – just about to turn 10. Sadly, one of them is in heart failure. It’s doubtful he’ll see 11 but I have hope. You never know.

    Chester is stubborn, a little overly attached to me, bright, a great guard dog (even if he is a chihuahua – but long haired, so he’s cute) & a little walking vacuum – still!

    Lola, also a long haired chi, is sweet, full of energy, a little tornado in chi fur. She is constantly trying to get poor Chester to play & every once in a while he deigns to chase her a little. Also a walking vacuum.

    Gizmo is my cat, an orange & white tabby, 14 & very healthy so far thankfully, since we lost his brother to lymphoma over 2 yrs ago. He’s a great lap cat who really wishes the dogs never showed up in his world, but tolerates them. I can see home slowing down & not jumping as easily.

    It’s very hard to watch them age!

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