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BarkBox Subscription Box Review + First Box For $5 – March 2017

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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 March review of the super chewer box!

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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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 a 6 or 12 month subscription (SUBADDICTION) or $10 Barkshop credit (ADDICTION) any new BarkBox Subscription. Barkshop credit code emailed 3-5 business days after purchase

There’s also a limited time deal to get your box for $5! Use coupon code MARCH5DOLLARBOX to get your first month of BarkBox for $5 when you start a 6 or 12-month subscription! We don’t know when this will expire – so claim it while you can!

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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Every BarkBox has a theme – this month is ‘Bento & Blossoms’!

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Each month includes a card that highlights an item or two from the box.

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Buckles was very interested in reviewing the treats – so let’s start there!

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Mr. Porkle Pork Teriyaki Treat – Value $6

The first or two bags of treats are pork flavored trainers!

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Practice your hibachi toss (sans onion volcano) with these tiny training treats. Made especially for Bark & Co from the folks at Mountain Country Foods in Okeene, Ohio, these soft and chewy morsels are grain-free and baked with a sweet and savory flavor that your dog will love. Your pup will be seriously impressed with you and your taste in treats, so there’s no need to catapult a shrimp into your hat.

These were made specifically for BarkBox – so I wouldn’t be surprised to start seeing more of their own treats in future boxes.

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Buckles would be OK with that – these are his easy favorites of the month. They’re perfectly bite-sized for small treat time. Plus, the name is just too fun.

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Hello Ducky! Duck Flavored Dog Treats – Value $8

The next treat was also made for BarkBox – and also in the USA. Hallo Ducky! treats are duck flavor treats – almost like a little cookie.

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Your pup will give these duck treats a standing ovation. We made ’em ourselves to ensure that everything in these morsels was farmed and produced in the USA– starting with the duck. The duck was cooked on open grilling racks to reduce the fat content and add a naturally smoky flavor to make your dog drool. Made with potato flour, these treats are corn, soy, grain, and gluten free. Our addition of aromatic rosemary oil ensures that they are definitely NOT flavor free.

Our dog tends to have ear issues if he has too much gluten in his food, so both treats being gluten-free was a major win for us – and for Buckles!

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The cookies were crunchy, but not so hard that it was a deterrent for our dog that passed up any hard treats.

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Get That Geta Toy – Value $10

The first of two soft toys was this geta sandal toy!

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Our geta shoe toy is for pooches ready to put uncomfortable footwear in its place! Ready for a history lesson? It’s inspired by the traditional getas of feudal Japan, which designed to elevate the foot in an effort avoid ruining kimonos in puddles. They were probably designed for folks who didn’t need arch support (just our uneducated guess). We’ve improved upon this classic by filling it with crinkle and a squeaker, creating multiple sources of sound to keep your dog engaged. The tough ballistic nylon strap is perfect for pups who love to tug or chew. Easy to grip and fun to squeak, it’s it ideal for a game of fetch. We’re going to be honest: they’re also great for pretending that your hands are tiny feet.

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Look at that determination! In the end, he opted to prefer the next toy…

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Sydney’s Salmon Nigiri Toy – Value $8

The second, and last toy, is a little soft sushi roll – we love this one!

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Nothin’ but raw fun here. This palm-sized toy is ideal for a game of fetch with your favorite fine diner. The picture-perfect piece of sushi houses a high-pitched squeaker to enhance the experience of play. It’s a delicate noise for the delicate simplicity of Nigiri. Mmm, chewmami flavor.

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How cute is this picture?! This little bite-size sushi roll is a new favorite for Buckles – he loves to find it and run through the house when the mood strikes.

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Etta Says Buffalo Chew – Value $3

The final item in the box is almost always a rawhide or single chew. This month featured a buffalo chew from Etta Says, which was 100% American made and sourced.

Verdict: BarkBox is still one of those boxes that we can’t wait to get each month! Our value came to around $35 this month – which feels like the typical median value for a BarkBox. Even when our dog doesn’t like a treat or toy, it’s been easy for us to pass it along to many eager dogs!

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In the end – Buckles loves these boxes and that’s why we love them!

What did you think of the March 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.

9 Comments

  1. Howlooo Eric and Buckle! Thanks so much fur reviewing this month’s box – we are so pupcited that it was a hit! Those treats are the pawfect size for your pupper, and we love Buckle’s face when he’s trying to get to Sydney’s Salmon Nigiri toy!

    If we can ever lend a paw with anything, do not hesitate to bark into [email protected]. We are more than happy to help! And remember, Scout’s Honor guarantees that we can replace one item per box, so if something isn’t pawfect for Buckle, we can send out a replacement!

    Thanks fur being a loyal pupstomer and we look furward to seeing more reviews from you!

  2. Buckles sells that box! I may have to buy it now! LOL….Great pics Jenn

  3. Again, no dog here. I just love seeing Buckles enjoy his new toys and treats.

  4. Buckles is so adorable!

  5. Hi, Loved the pictures of Buckles! I received the same box as reviewed here and my Lorna also loves the sushi roll better. She already ate the buffalo chew in 2 sittings. This is a great subscription box.

    • Howlooo Joyce! Melissa from BarkBox here. We are furry glad to hear that Lorna ruvved this month’s box just as much as Buckle did! High paw! Thanks fur being in the pack!

  6. So cute!

    Love that pic of Buckles too!

  7. Dixie loved her box this month as well (she got the exact same variations)–and the sushi roll is her new favorite toy as well!

    • Yeee paw! We are so barkcited to hear that the sushi roll was a hit with Dixie! We hope we got her tail wagging’, and can’t wait for you to see next month’s goodies!

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