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BarkBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 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 this 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

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Each month of BarkBox is themed. This month’s theme was “Bark To School”!



Buckles was very excited to unboxing this with us.


Munchables Sausage and Chips – Value $7

The first treat set was perfectly on theme. These sausage and chips treats were made to look like the ever-popular Lunchables.


It included two types of treats as well. A crispy sweet potato chip and a soft sausage chew.


Spoiler alert – this was Buckles’ favorite thing this month. He could hardly wait for me to open it.


While he accepted the chip, he politely put it aside to let me know that he was more interested in the sausage.


It’s safe to say that he loves these – everything else came in second to these treats.


Sloppy Joe Treats – Value $6

Another theme appropriate treat were these little sloppy joe treats. They are a soft, chewy, beef treat.



Just because a treat comes in second place doesn’t mean that he doesn’t give it his full attention. He’s dedicated to his job.



Crunchy Puffs – Value $6

The last treats in the box were these crunchy treats made from Yak and Cow milk. We didn’t have Buckles try this one for two reasons. First, these were large – much bigger than bite size for a small dog, and second, he never does well with rawhide – while these probably have no rawhide, it just seemed like something that his stomach couldn’t handle.


Peanut Butter and Jowly Sandwich Toy – Value $12

There were two plush toys this month! First, this peanut butter and jelly sandwich toy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get pictures of Buckles with toys because he was so preoccupied with the sausage links. This toy is pretty large for a small dog, so I’m betting it won’t pique his interest since he’s really into bite-size plush toys.


Split Apple Toy – Value $14

The last toy is an apple. This is more of his size and, while still a little bigger than bite-size, I bet he will love it when he is out of this sausage treat trance.


It pulls apart to reveal an apple core – both sides are totally velcro – it was a fun reveal!

Verdict: Buckles very much loved this month of BarkBox, especially the sausage treats. We’ll be able to easily gift or use everything this month – so it has great value for us, too. I’m really happy that we received two plush toys as well – this was almost a perfect box for our dog!

What did you think of the September BarkBox? What did you get?

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!
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  1. Sadly BONUSFREEBOX does not work as a coupon code. It says it has been redeemed the maximum number of times. You should include expiration information in the review

  2. HI,
    Zachery loves his bark box, but he is six months and 65lbs golden doodle. I also do add on’s. His box is getting smaller😩 Any Advice.

    • Is he in the biggest box size? Do you have him sad a heavy chewer?

      I have a ~95 lb 8 month old Great Dane puppy, and I called to set up and that was recommended. Calling them (or messaging them) has been a great experience so far!

      We got one toy this month that was a choking hazard (the rubber pencil- the eraser comes off to fill with treats, but he has too much mouth for that). I chatted with them and explained the situation; they sent a new toy and told me not to worry about sending the old one back! The only questions they asked were what was wrong, and what kinds of toys does he prefer. It’s added as a note to your account to help your future boxes be better.

  3. My subscription is for a 100 pound boxer. It was identical to your this month.

    I guess I’m not surprised, I have found them to be less interesting lately. After almost 2 years, this was out last month. Goodbye for now barkbox, the toy bin overfloweth with uninteresting toys!

  4. Impossible to have too many photos of Buckles!

    • Yay! Glad you think so, too! 🙂

  5. Eric, there’s no rawhide in the yak cheese things. My girl is 25 lbs and she had some trouble getting her mouth around them, too. They were definitely last priority after the other treats in the box, and they took about 5-10 minutes to fully disappear for either of our dogs, but once they got going, they were pretty focused. My girl has a really sensitive stomach, and she did just fine. I hope you either give them a shot, or find a big dog to give them to. 😊

  6. We got two boxes this month and our dogs loved them both. I think barkbox does a stellar job providing super cute, unique & interesting toys!

  7. I love these reviews. Buckles is adorable!

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