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BarkBox Subscription Box Review + First Box For $1 – November 2016


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!

We brought in a guest dog reviewer this month 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 last month’s box for large dogs!

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.

CYBER MONDAY DEAL: Use coupon code CYBERMUTT2016EMAIL to get your first month of BarkBox for $1 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. No coupon needed - just use this link.

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!


Every BarkBox has a theme – this month is ‘Home For The Holidays’ and is themed around Thanksgiving!




The box will come with an information card with some of the items in your box shown.

It was a nice day outside today, so prepare yourself for some dog cuteness!

Let’s start with the treats, presented by our little chef, Buckles.




Pipsqueak Pup Chicken Jerky – Value $8

The first treat of the month is absolutely perfect for Buckles. This is a chicken jerky strip that is an all-natural blend of chicken, sweet potatoes, kale, and cranberries. The dog is eating healthier than I am!


Buckles tends to love any item made for humans or dogs that includes the word “Jerky”. This was no different – he loves them.



Nature’s Bits Turpumpkin Treats – Value $8

The second treat is a soft cookie. These are made with turkey, pumpkin, and other vegetables – all sourced from America.


His secondary criteria for loving treats is that they’re soft – so he was a perfect 2/2 this month.


This dog simply can’t wait for BarkBox photo shoot days. He loved both treats equally – so we’re pretty excited to have stocked up on some great treats that he loves.



OK – on to the toys!


Lick The Chef Apron – Value $8

We just about lost our minds when we found out that this actually fits Buckles, as you can see in the pictures above.


It’s lined with squeakers and ropes – it’s a great little toy! While it’s not exactly a toy that Buckles loves, we do know just the puppy that would love it, which leads me to my introduction of the cutest Corgi in the world:



A little bit about Penelope – she enjoys snoozin’ and snorin’, loves men with beards, is anti-umbrella, howls when happy, huge fan of squeaky toys, and is a frisbee fanatic.

Penelope is also the lucky beneficiary of Buckles’ toys since he’s so picky and she loves to play with all kinds of toys.


You can feel the excitement of a new toy showing up…


Plush Turkey Toy – Value $11

The second toy was a fun turkey plush filled with squeakers! It’s a soft and fluffy plush toy with a single squeaker in the body.



Penelope couldn’t stop playing with the turkey, even once we went back inside! This was another hit toy this month!


Pig Ear Chew – Value $3

Coming back to the treats, they’ve also included a pig ear chew – which is pretty typical of BarkBox. Buckles tends to have stomach issues with there types of chews, so we steer away from them.


Bark & Co Single Roll Poop Bag – Value $2

Lastly, they include an item that everyone with a dog needs – poop bags.


This is a single roll and includes some poetry to lighten your mood when you’re preparing to use one. I love this inclusion, we could use a roll every month or so – I hope they keep it up!

Verdict: We absolutely love BarkBox – and more importantly, so do the dogs. There’s no better unboxing process than one that you get to do with your pup! My values come to $40 – which is really good for the $29 cost, and leaves some value buffer if one item isn’t great for your dog.

What do you think of the November BarkBox? Are you picking up a subscription of gifting one with their Cyber Monday deal?


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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!

Posted in BarkBox Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Dogs| Tags: barkbox | 15 comments

Comments (15)

  1. The jerky and cookies sound good enough for humans. Tempting to me and I only have cats.

  2. Buckles! Penelope!

  3. Perfect review and Penelope is adorable!!!

  4. The Buckles meme…brilliant!!!!

  5. Best review. Came here just for the pup pics.

  6. Penelope is darling! Buckles is so lucky to have such a pretty friend. This is one of my favorite boxes to see the review of. Your photography is great, the dogs are adorable and Bark Box sends some of the cutest toys I have seen!

  7. So cute!!

  8. Too! Much! Cuteness!

    I’m in love!

  9. Aw I loved this=)

  10. This is literally the best post I’ve ever seen on MSA

  11. I’m dead. The cuteness has literally killed me! As if Buckles wasn’t cute enough you have to go and throw an adorable corgi at us?! The pictures are so cute. Ahhh!!

  12. OMG just when I thought the Buckles posts couldn’t get any better – you add a new puppy!!! The eyes when she sees the toy is priceless 🙂

  13. So cute! Love it all!

  14. Loved the review and the inclusion of a guest reviewer–more, please! Btw, great photography for this post and of course, the pups look adorable as ever!

    • Yay! Glad you love it, too 🙂 Barkbox reviews are my favorite… but I’m a little biased!

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