BarkBox Super Chewer Subscription Box Review – April 2017
BarkBox is the most popular dog subscription box. They now offer a Super Chewer Box version 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 about 86 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 Large Super Chewer, $39 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Super Chewer BarkBox
The Cost: $39 per month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions!
The Products: Toys, treats, and grooming products selected for your dog based on size (choose “Small but Mighty” for 0-20 pounds, “Middle Weight” for 20-50 pounds, and “Large and in Charge” for dogs 50+ pounds).
Ships to: U.S. and Canada
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
There was an information card detailing some of the items in the box. This month’s theme is “Throwbark Thursday” and you get these stickers instead of a regular information card.
Sawmill Creek Smokehouse Pig Ear Chew – Value $5
This is made in the USA and it is pretty much the ultimate single-ingredient, minimally-processed, dog chew. I think these things are gross (no one is asking me to chew on them, though), but dogs love them, and that is the main thing.
Smart n’ Tasty Chicky Twizzies (9”) – Value $3
These are grain, dairy, and soy free and are supposed to be non-stinky (to humans, anyway). Actually, almost all of the ingredients are chicken based, except for a bit of gelatin, natural flavoring, lactic acid, and vitamin E and rosemary (as preservatives). Nyx can’t have chicken due to her IBD but I know a lot of people with dogs that would love these so it will be easy to find a new home for it. (BarkBox’s price for the 9” size is better than some other retailers, too.)
Sodapup Crazy Bounce – Value $12
Nyx only gets to play on the carpet right now (we are having some other parts of the house, with wood floors, painted) so this didn’t bounce much, but she did seem to enjoy just holding it in her mouth. Whatever works, I guess. We are seeing Sodapup toys in a lot of boxes lately and they are pretty durable.
Bark & Co. Cassette Tape – Value $14?
This one is sold out from the BarkBox shop so I had to estimate the value based on what I think is a similar toy. There are a lot of possibilities for this one – Nyx eats canned food I can stuff in here, and the way it opens will allow for her to get all the little bits out. If your dog can have treats or chews, those would be easy to stuff in here as well. Nyx tested this out by chewing on it some last night and it seemed pretty sturdy.
Barkbox Duck Treats (5.5 oz) – Value $6
These are soft treats and a different size was sent to smaller dogs. The main protein here is duck and these also include potatoes, barley, and oats (but they are free of wheat, corn, and soy). These should be good for a lot of dogs with allergies and food sensitivities. Plus they are made in the USA!
Uptown Pup B’nana & Coco (5.5 oz) – Value $6?
These are a BarkBox exclusive treat but I can’t find them in the BarkBox shop, so I’ve just given them the same value as the other treats since the weight was the same. These have peanut butter and banana in them (and they ACTUALLY do have the banana, as opposed to some other dog treats we received in a different subscription box recently that said “banana” on the label but didn’t actually contain banana…). Like all BarkBox treats, they’re made in the USA.
Here are a few shots of Nyx with the toys from this box. She just wanted to hold the Sodapup toy in her mouth (she does that with tennis balls, too). I am going to try putting some of her food in the cassette tape tonight (although she was interested in chewing it without the food in there, as well).
Verdict: I calculated a value of $46 for this month’s BarkBox Super Chewer Box. That is over the cost of the subscription on a month-to-month basis by more than a few dollars, and keep in mind that I did have to estimate some values, so the total could actually be a bit higher. Once again, I feel that the box contents were a nicely curated mix of toys, treats, and chews. The toys were durable and the treats will work for a lot of dogs with allergies and food sensitivities.
What do you think of the April 2017 BarkBox Super Chewer Box dog subscription box? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?