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 recent review of the super chewer box!
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The Subscription Box: BarkBox
The Cost: $29 a month, $25 a month with a 6-month subscription, $23 a month with a 6-month subscription ($138 billed today), or $21 a month with a 12-month subscription.
The Products: Toys, treats, and grooming products perfect for your dog based on their size.
Ships to: US and Canada
September 2018 Barkbox Review
The September BarkBox featured some of the cutest toys we've seen from BarkBox!
It includes an information card. These typically highlight a few items - some which you may or may not have received.
Enough card talk - let's dig in!
A Pawful of Falafel - Value $10
This first toy was the most adorable little falafel I've ever seen!
The crinkly pita holds two little falafel balls - one happy and one angry.
While pita is full of crinkle material, the two balls each have a squeaker inside. BarkBox has been crushing it as of late with their toy design, this is just the most recent example - Buckles LOVES it.
Roly Cannoli - Value $8
I never thought a falafel or a cannoli could be cute, but BarkBox really knows what they're doing - how cute is this Roly Cannoli toy?
It has a crinkly shell that is velcroed shut. Open it up to reveal the sad little ricotta. Basically, the entire little ricotta piece is a big tube squeaker, too!
These two toys are now his go-to toys in the office - I can even say which one her prefers because I find him with both all the time.
Fresh Fair Blueberry Cookie Treats - Value $8
The first of two treats was something on the sweet side - blueberry cookie bites - and let me tell you, I was jealous of Buckles for getting these - they actually smell really good!
These are made in the USA by BarkBox - and they're made with fresh blueberries and honey, it's no wonder they smelled delicious. Most importantly for our dog - they're wheat, corn, and soy free.
Fresh Fair Chicken and Bacon Sandwich Treats - Value $8
The second bag of treats is from the same BarkBox brand - this might be a newer line from them, but the 'Fresh Fair' line seems to be a favorite for our dog.
There's an important note on these treats. About a day or so after receiving them, we got this email from BarkBox:
Melissa here with my pup, Thor. I am reaching out to let you know that one of the treats Buckles received this month has mislabeled packaging. The Fresh Fair Chicken and Bacon Sandwich Treats are marked as grain free but contain grains (barley flour). As a pup parent myself, I know that some pups are sensitive to grains, so we wanted to inform you as soon as this was discovered.
Please know that we would never send any treats that we wouldn’t give to our own pups. The Chicken and Bacon Sandwich treats are still scrumptious for those who are able to eat grains - Thor approves!
The full ingredient list is below:
Chicken, Vegetable Glycerin, Pea Starch, Rye Flour, Barley Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Brewers Dried Yeast, Bacon, Cane Molasses, Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Yellow Pea Powder, Lactic Acid, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Mixed Tocopherols (preservative)
Our deepest apologies again about this experience. Please reply to this email if Buckles cannot have grains, and we’ll be sure to mark that allergy preference for future boxes.
Kind woofs and belly scratches,
Melissa & Thor
I'm glad that they took the time to address it. Luckily for us, Buckles can have a small amount of grain before getting ear infections, so we were OK.
This dog is going to like anything involving chicken or bacon - so the combination of the two is a real winner.
Half Pig Ear - Value $3
We don't allow our dog to chew on chews like this (his little stomach has never been able to hold it down). This will have to be passed on to a furry friend!
Verdict: This month was about as good of a BarkBox as we could get. The toys alone were worth it for us - our dog is still going wild for them, and they're pretty darn cute, too. Combined with two bags of treats, and it feels like a win each month.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Customer care let us know that your first box will now always be either their Welcome Box or the current month’s box, followed by the normal schedule the following month.
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What did you think of the September 2018 BarkBox?