BarkBox Super Chewer Subscription Box Review – November 2016
BarkBox is the most popular dog subscription box. They now offer a Super Chewer Box for dogs who are destructive. If you have read any of my dog subscription reviews, you will know that my Rottweiler, Nyx, is an expert at finding the weak points in toys and tearing them apart, so this seemed perfect for her. (For reference, Nyx weighs 90 pounds right now.)
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Super Chewer, $39 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Super Chewer BarkBox
The Cost: $39 per month on a month-to-month plan, save with longer subscriptions!
The Products: “Tough chews, all-natural treats, and challenging toys” selected for your dog based on size (choose “Small but Mighty” for 0-20 pounds, “Middle Weight” for 20-50 pounds, and “Large & In Charge” for dogs 50+ pounds)
Ships to: US (for free within the contiguous 48 states) and Canada
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
There was an information card featuring some jokes and fun content but also detailing a few of the items in the box.
No Grainers Jerky Chews in BBQ Chicken Flavor (5 oz) – Value $3.75
These are made in the USA, primarily from chicken liver, and are free from wheat, corn, and soy. Although No Grainers treats sell for higher in the BarkBox shop, this particular flavor did not seem to be available there, so this is based on the per-ounce price from Chewy.com.
NYC Bocce’s Bakery Mac N’ Cheese Dog Biscuits with Bacon and Cheese (5 oz) – Value $3.57
These are also made in the USA and are free of wheat, artificial ingredients, and preservatives. Actually the ingredients list is super simple, just oat flour, cheese, and bacon. So these would be good for dogs with chicken allergies!
Butcher’s Block Bones 6” Krunchie Tube – Value $3
I think these things are disgusting, but dogs love them. (They are cow tracheas.) Nyx can’t have them right now, but in the past I found them to be pretty safe for her. (Of course you should always watch your dog carefully with any new toy or treat.)
Butcher’s Block Bones Knuckle Slice – Value $4
These are made from USA born and raised Angus beef and they are slow-roasted (not raw). These are recommended for medium to large dogs and are not intended to be consumed all at once. I do expect this would be hard to take away from an enthusiastic chewer, though…
Poetry Poop Bags (1 roll) – Value $1
Each roll has 15 bags. These are pretty big, as poo bags go. Nyx is on a fiber supplement for her IBD so let’s just say this is a 3.5-day supply for us and leave it at that. But, these are super useful for us so they are a welcome addition to the box.
Gobble Gobble Gus – Value $12
Apparently this is a turkey? I couldn’t see it until I went to the BarkBox shop. Anyway, this is a solid rubber ball with some projections that I guess are the turkey beak and such. It doesn’t squeak but Nyx enjoyed trying to pick off the beak (she did not do any damage during the time she had it).
Here’s an example of the “poetry” on the bags. They’re pretty much all sayings like this with the word “poop” worked in there.
Benebone with Real Bacon – Value $18
I am assuming we got the jumbo one here because this was an appropriate size for Nyx. I do not normally let her have flavored toys, but I figured it couldn’t hurt for 5 minutes. And she had so much fun (and didn’t get sick afterwards – she has inflammatory bowel disease so that is a concern) that I will probably let her have it for a bit every few days.
Nyx decided what she wanted to do with the orange toy was chew on the little projections. I guess she was trying to remove them. Amazingly, they are all still intact so she’ll be able to play with this again.
Nyx thought this was great, like she was getting away with something she shouldn’t be doing, because she doesn’t get flavored toys very often due to her IBD.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $45.32 for this month’s Super Chewer BarkBox. There were more items in the Super Chewer box than there typically are in the regular box, but it also costs more. I think the value is reasonable considering all the items were well-selected for destructive dogs (using Nyx as the standard), and don’t forget you can always get a better deal by going with a longer-term subscription. I’d say this is one box where it is pretty safe to get a long-term subscription, actually. I know some MSA readers have complained that their dogs destroy the regular BarkBox toys, so this could be a good option if you are in that situation!
What do you think of the November 2016 Super Chewer BarkBox dog subscription box? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?