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BarkBox Subscription Box Review & Coupon – May 2016

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BarkBox is a monthly subscription box for dogs. It’s one of our favorite subscription boxes – our dog loves it, and we’ve gifted it to dogs in our extended family as well!

BarkBox customizes your box to your dog’s size. For reference, this review is for the small size (our dog weighs 14 pounds). Check out Ragan’s review of last month’s box for large dogs!

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The Subscription Box: BarkBox

The Cost: $29 a month, or $19 a month with a 12-month subscription.

COUPON: Get a free extra month when you sign up for any length subscription (MSABONUSBOX) or 10% off (ADDICTION) any new BarkBox Subscription with coupon code MSABONUSBOX or ADDICTION

The Products: Toys, treats, and grooming products perfect for your dog based on their size.

Ships to: US and Canada

Keep track of your subscriptions –  add BarkBox to your subscription list or wish list!

Check out all my reviews of Barkbox and the Pets Subscription Box Directory!

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Each month comes with an info card that shows the featured item of the month and talks about the theme. This month’s theme was “Country Fair”.


We felt it was only right to let Buckles do his review of BarkBox outside since we finally got some warm weather! He made sure to thoroughly check that all items were accounted for before review.

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Slobbery Sunflowers – Value $12

Let’s start with the toys. We received two plush toys this month, which is Buckles’ preference – so that was already a big plus in our book. The first toy is this little bouquet of flowers. This is actually 4 separate toys – all four flower stems are separate, and although they didn’t have a squeaker in the flower, it was that crinkly material.

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Always ready for toy testing!

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While he was super determined to understand what these toys were, he was over them rather quickly – I think these will end up being gifted to a dog that doesn’t require a squeaker in every toy.

Makin’ Loopie Pie – Value $12

Ok – as expected, this one is a massive favorite. Three individual berries come out of the pie for your pup to play with, each with a squeaker.

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He went right for the “filling” – he knew exactly what needed to be done!

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He absolutely LOVES the little berries! He’s running around with them downstairs as I write this!

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Little Piggies Bacon Apple Treats – Value $6

The first treat is a cookie like bacon/apple treat. They’re hard and crunchy – and surprisingly he loves these! He’s very fickle about hard treats…

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Perfect form! How cute is that tiny paw!?

After inspecting a bit, he gobbled it up. But, this would be his third favorite treat of the three in this month’s box.

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Look Who’s Happy Tempt’n Tenders – Value $10

The favorite item this month were these chicken jerky tenders!

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This is like a model pose! Don’t let him fool you, he was only still for a moment before trying to get these treats.

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We’ve received so many treats from BarkBox that we have to keep stocked up on – he’s becoming very accustomed to monthly mystery treats.

Beef Jerky Stick – Value $4

These are a little harder of a treat, more like a softer chew.

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I had a tough time opening the package for this one. He was not amused AT ALL.

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These were pretty large for a small dog. Luckily, they weren’t hard to break down into smaller pieces for him – and of course, he loves them.

Verdict: Another home run month for BarkBox – Buckles loves and will eat/play with everything included – that’s about all I can ask for. The items add up to $44 this month, which is higher than usual – so that was great as well. The past 3-4 months have all been catered well to our dog, so we’re hoping that roll continues (Buckles also has continued high hopes).

In the end, it’s all about a happy puppy, and he loves “doing reviews”!

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What did you think of this month’s BarkBox?

Written by Eric Cadman

Eric Cadman

Eric is the co-founder of My Subscription Addiction. He’s been hooked on geek subscription boxes since 2012 thanks to Loot Crate and Nerd Block. Geek boxes sparked his desire for collecting Funko Pops and comic book statues!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I don’t have a dog and I don’t subscribe to BarkBox, but these are my favorite reviews 🙂 Buckles is the cutest.

  2. This is the cutest thing! Your dogs is adorbs!

  3. Yay!! Great review, Buckles!! 🙂

  4. OMG Buckles is ADORABLE!!!

    • Thanks!!! 🙂

  5. What kind of dog is Buckles? He is cute. My dog doesn’t play with toys anymore so I discontinued our bark box sub.

    • He’s a Cairn Terrier/Poodle mix. 🙂

  6. So much fun seeing “Buckles” review his box.

  7. Cutest review ever! Buckles is adorable. I showed my husband and my boys. We can’t believe how much Buckles looks like a smaller version of our dog Pepper. The coloring and crazy hair is an exact match to our girl. Pepper is a schnoodle, who loves Barkbox also. We don’t subscribe year round though, usually we get three months and then take three months off, then start the cycle over again. She doesn’t destroy her toys that quickly and we have a stock pile of treats. She knows when her box comes in the mail though. Keep the Buckles reviews coming.

  8. This was one of our best barkboxs ever! We have subscribed on and off for the last three years. We got the same box you did and our two chihuahuas loved the toys, especially the pie!

  9. This format with buckles outside was so entertaining! I hope you stick with it!

  10. Aaaw your fur baby is so cute?

  11. I’ve always liked Barkbox but my dog shreds the soft toys immediately and I’m always afraid he’s going to swallow the squeaker. And the rubber toys he doesn’t want anything to do with.

    • I think squeaker toys should definitely be played with under supervision, if you have a chewer. My dog loves playing fetch with the rubber toys.

  12. You had me at “Woof…”

    Love Buckles’ reviews!

  13. We get the medium box. This month we got the same treats as Buckles, but different toys. We got Gus the State Fair Goldfish and Orbee-Tuff Strawberry Dog Toy. Annabelle loves both, but I think she would have loved the pie had she received that instead. We haven’t tried the treats yet, we still have some left from last month left. Cute theme this this month.

  14. Love love love Barkbox!! Shaedi’s favorite so far is still the lucky cat from a month or two ago. I love that she gets treats and toys I wouldn’t have normally chosen for her and she adores them. I also filled out a survey they sent and honestly answered about one of the treat puzzles she got, that she wasn’t a fan but it had been passed to another dog that loves it. BB sent me a replacement toy!! I was amazed. Love their commitment to happy pups!

    • Same here. My dog doesn’t like the trachea tubes. BB tells me whenever I receive those to give it to another dog and I can get a replacement.

  15. Buckles is such a model! Hands down the best review EVER! 😉

    • Yay!! Thanks so much 🙂 We’re pretty proud of the little guy!

    • Agreed!!

  16. Please keep the Buckle Reviews coming!!! LOOOOVVVEEEEE!!!!

    • Must. Resist. Must. Resist. Buying. Impossibly. Cute. Puppy. MUST. Resist…

    • Yay! Glad you love the Buckles reviews! The only hard part about doing them is trying to narrow down the hundreds of photos I took of Buckles to a few dozen 😉

  17. And your dog is adorbs.

    • Aw, thank you!! ?

  18. I so wanted my dogs to love Barkbox. The Notorious D.O.G. has not been a fan of the toys, although he liked the flowers this month. Daisy will only play with a toy just so the Notorious D.O.G. can’t have it. Not better luck with the treats. Last month one treat was meat free except for the gelatin. They gave me funny looks when I offered them the treats. I’m vegan. My dogs are not.
    I gave it a few of months but had cancel.

  19. I love the card in the box with the cartoon of the fair. The Sniffing Booth and the food stand with The Stick on a Stick is really cute. I love the drawing of the dog with the stick on a stick.
    Buckles rules, of course, as always. Great review guys!

  20. What a great review! Buckles is adorable. 🙂 One thing to note about Bark Box, in the past they were sending out treats made of rabbit. Once I realized this, I cancelled my subscription. I have done rabbit rescue for 18 years, they are pets, not meat. I am hoping Bark Box has changed this, because their stuffed toys are awesome!

  21. We got the large dog box & my husky loved the bouquet of sunflowers ~she carries them everywhere & ours do have squeakers in each of the individual flowers. I’m thinking about adding that pie to a future box. We got a scarecrow in ours instead, which was also a huge hit, but I’m always looking for new plush toys with squeakers in them.

    • OMG I love that she carries the flowers everywhere! Too cute!!

  22. Awwwwwwww! Buckles is my favorite.

  23. This was an awesome review! All the pictures of Buckles were adorable and brought to life the value the box provides. He seriously struck some model poses in a few of those!

  24. I might have to order one of those pies for Oberon; he loves those types of toys! He has a sheep house that has 3 sheep that go in (he’s a Shetland Sheepdog, we couldn’t resist) and he drags it all over, even uses it as a pillow sometimes. We got the medium box from Bark Box. He got a wagon toy and a Blue Ribbon, both with squeekers, so that’s good. He also got the jerky treats and two other kinds. He’s a Sheltie, so of course he loves all kinds of treats, We’re on our second year of Bark Boxes — it’s definitely a must-have in our house.

  25. Keep the Buckles reviews coming! Love them! (Our Cairn looks so much like your dog, my hubs thought it was our dog when he walked behind me and glanced at the screen!) I think we might try this box. My Ruby would have really gone for the pie filling! She loves getting the insides of anything outside of it. LOL

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