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It’s no secret that we at BARK are not afraid to make some weird dog toys… though we don’t ALWAYS do things on purpose.
This time, I reached out to one of our toy designer to politely ask, “What is it ya say the toy design team is doing here???” I was expecting something like, “We thought it’d be funny!” but it turns out there’s so much more to the story.
It all started with a brand new BARK designer’s routine design test—his name is Adam. The team asked him to draw out various concepts, like a seasonal toy, an interactive toy, a tug toy, and in this case, a wild card: “Something totally crazy that really pushes boundaries.”
“Adam rolled the dice and drew up these weed toys and our toy team instantly was like, ‘we have to do these!’ At that point, it was clear he was our guy to join the team.”
Adam’s first assignment? Developing the 4/20 toys from his application! “We plucked him fresh from school,” Derek said, “so to start your first-ever job on this note is pretty rare/incredible unto itself.”
In honor of one of our world’s strangest (and most hilarious) counterculture celebrations, we created some special dog toys to make ourselves (and hopefully all of our laugh-loving dog folks) chuckle.
BARK definitely enjoys pushing beyond the limits of what most people see as “normal” for dog toys, especially when we can help include dogs in relevant ~human~ experiences in a fun, safe way. That means please do not give your dog any THC-containing substances, it’s the opposite of fun and safe, thank you.
Also, Derek says, “These are just so unexpected as dog toys, and that’s funny.” (We KNEW it.)
Of course, I also had to reach out to Adam to see what he thought about all this:
“Nearly everyone I ran my ideas by before I submitted my application told me not to include the 4/20 toys for obvious reasons, but that response pretty much solidified why I wanted to submit them.” Have they seen the toys now, Adam? SHOW ‘EM.
“On my first day, the team told me we were producing them, which for a kid right out of product design school was pretty unbelievable,” he said. “I had never anticipated they would actually go into production.”
Go ahead and help your dog relax—with a good playtime. And don’t worry, every… item… comes delivered in a sealed BarkBox.
P.S. (Some of) our moms are still confused about our jobs.
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