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BarkBox Subscription Box Review + First Box For $1 – May 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 April 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).

The Subscription Box: BarkBox

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

Limited Time! Now through 6/8, use coupon code FIRSTBOX5JUNE5 to get your first month of BarkBox for $5 when you start a 6 or 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

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!

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Every BarkBox has a theme – and this one was themed like a Western – The Good, The Bad, and The Pugly!

It comes with a little insert card.  While it doesn’t show off your box contents (you can find more details about that on the site and app), it does provide a fun little photo opportunity for your pup!

He was not in the mood to stop for a shot! I’m surprised we even got his face in the frame!

Ok – on to the items!

There’s a Chew Sheriff in Town – Value $12

The app is showing a price of $12 – but it’s only $10 in the BarkShop.

my favorite part about this plush cowboy hat? The fashion and toy use!

Buckles was giving me ’til the count of 10 to get him a tasty treat.

He did really enjoy both toys this month – it was a big month for plush toys in Buckles’ world! It’s got a squeaker in the top of the hat and is a good size for our dog.

Sheriff Doc Howliday the Heggie – Value $8

BarkBox is totally corning the market on the cutest-ever dog toys – this lil’ Hedgehog takes the cake.

Doc is perfectly bit size for our 14-pound pup!

He was just too excited about this little toy – he didn’t want to give it up during the photo shoot! Like the cowboy hat, this one has a squeaker in the hedgehog’s belly.

Beefy Brisket Bites – Value $6

On top of the toys, we received a one-off treat and two bags of treats – the first was sure to be a favorite – Beefy Brisket Bites.

The little paw print bites were a little larger than expected – so one treat a day is probably the max for Buckles.

And he’ll take that one treat right now!

Yumzies Hickory Bacon – Value $8

The second bag of treats are little hickory bacon flavored squares.

These are more along the lines of the size of treat that is perfect for Buckles – plus they’re grain-free.

Once I saw that all of the treats were beef, cheese, and bacon flavored – I knew that he’d be VERY into them – so this was no surprise.

Lamb Burger Chew – Value $4

I could be more happy to see that the last item in the box wasn’t a bully stick or rawhide chew – instead, this month we received a lamb patty.

It’s a chewy treat as well – easy to break apart to give small portions.

He snagged it so quickly that we couldn’t even get a shot of the original piece!

Verdict: This has been my favorite BarkBox of 2017 – maybe even ever – in terms of our dog loving everything in the box. The toys were cute, plush, and bite size – and the treats were all soft and non-rawhide. A big win for Buckles this month!

What did you think of the May 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!

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13 Comments

  1. Howldy Pawtners!

    We are SO yappy to hear our Wild Wild Woof theme was a rootin’ tootin’ hit with you and Buckles! It looks like Sheriff Doc Howliday has a new de-poo-ty in Buckles!! The Chew Sheriff in Town hat will definitely help him dress the part. 🙂

    We’re thrilled the Mini Yumzies and the Beefy Brisket treats were the pawfect size for Buckles!! Both treats were big hits with our pawffice pups, so we’re so glad Buckles ruved them too!

    Thank you again fur being such pawesome members of the BARK pack! Paw-lease give Buckles an extra belly rub (and a few treats!) for us!

  2. Love love love this box!!!

  3. Well done review. I don’t even have a dog, but enjoy seeing the pictures of buckles.

  4. I want to cuddle him so badly! <3

  5. Well shoot. I checked out their online shop but they seem to have a snake instead of the hedgehog and I couldn’t find this particular hedgehog. Darn it!

    • Check back. Sometimes they are temporarily sold out and get more in stock later. They just don’t always show out of stock items. My pooch loves her Bark Box! Western Box was great!!! The vulture we got was quickly defluffed but that is pretty typical for this house. May need to enroll in the Destroyers Club.

  6. Aw loving this box! My dog goes nuts for hedgehog plushes. I have no idea why but he’s had two and he’s loved both of them the best out of all of his toys. I’m guessing if I sign up today, I won’t get this box thought, right?

    • You can buy the box for $35 in the Bark Shop or you can just buy the plush in the Bark Shop.

      • Thanks Pizza Bob!

  7. Buckles is so adorable. The reviews should be written from the perspective of Buckles!

    This was a great box. Like you noted, super cute themed toys, great treats, and no raw hides or bully sticks.

  8. Great items in this box this month! And of course Buckles is adorable in that hat!!!!

  9. Buckles just made my Monday 100% better! Thanks for the 🙂

  10. Buckles in that hat is everything.

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