BarkBox Super Chewer Box Review + Coupon – November 2018
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 84 pounds right now.)
This review is of the Large Super Chewer, $39 a month, box.
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.)
About BarkBox Super Chewer
The Subscription Box: Super Chewer BarkBox
The Cost: $39 per month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions!
Subscribe and your first box is our DOUBLE-SIZED limited edition holiday box. FOUR Grinchy toys, FOUR treats, and FOUR chews.
Coupon: Use code SUBADDICTION to get a free extra month when you sign up for a 6 or 12-month subscription or use code ADDICTION for a $10 Barkshop credit on any new BarkBox Subscription. Barkshop credit code emailed 3-5 business days after purchase.
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
BarkBox Super Chewer November 2018 Review
BarkBox custom produces most of their treats and toys, so everything always nicely revolves around a theme (this month was dedicated to the Grinch):
The information card varies month-to-month in terms of style but I definitely appreciate the creativity that goes into it.
(On a somewhat related note, receiving this box made me think of this Twitter thread from last year. Only click through to read – including the first few comments – if you are open to having your childhood memories of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, um, upended.)
There was also a welcome brochure. You’d receive this with your first box of a new subscription.
This was a fun little extra inclusion to fit the theme. It has been a long time since I saw any version of a Grinch movie or read the book (30+ years?) so I don’t quite have the context for this, but perhaps a reader can fill me in. Anyway, it did fit around Nyx’s head (pretty snugly, but she’s a Rottie so she has a big head, and the size is somewhat adjustable) so I took a couple of pictures.
Roast Beast Deliciously Wicked Duck (4.5 oz)
This is a grain free treat that contains duck and pork for the animal proteins and is grain free. It does include pea flour and chickpeas, but those are safe for most dogs. These are long(ish) round sticks. I couldn’t find these in the Barkbox shop (often the themed treats are not there, I think because Barkbox is focused on freshness with their treats and only produces one run of them for the boxes).
Home of the Whos – Retail Value $14
I *think* I linked to the right item, but the description in the Barkbox shop says this has a squeaky core, and as you can see from the second photo, this is actually hollow. Anyway, this is of a similar value to the other toy so it is probably not far off. You’ll often get one treat-dispensing toy. Nyx can’t have most treats, but she seems to do OK with peanut butter, and I can actually keep her busy for quite a long time by putting a small amount of peanut butter inside this. (She licks more than chews, but the hollow center means there’s no danger of suction.)
Koha Turkey Chew
Since this is the Super Chewer version of Barkbox, you’ll get a couple of chews like this. I don’t think this product is available for retail sale (it’s not on the manufacturer’s website). But I am stoked to see this brand in a subscription box and I hope that trend continues. I discovered them a few months ago (after much searching) when Mr. Kitty needed a new food that would work for both his diabetes and his inflammatory bowel disease. Anyway, if you have a pet (dog or cat) with serious dietary issues, Koha is definitely worth checking out. (This wild kangaroo pate is what Mr. Kitty eats.)
Roast Beast Chew on This Pork (4.5 oz)
This is another grain free treat that contains pork for the animal protein. It also has tapioca starch and various pea-related ingredients (protein, etc.). This is a softer type of treat. Barkbox treats are made in the USA (important for food safety purposes) and come in resealable bags.
Fred the Reindeer – Retail Value $14
This is made from natural rubber and is actually squeaky, though it took the strength of a Rottweiler’s jaw to do it (I guess I have weak hands…). This will bounce but the face and other features make the bounce irregular.
Jones Natural Chews Rocky’s Rollers Soft Chicken Blend Sausage (0.8 oz) – Buy a 2-Pack for $2.99
This has chicken, as you might imagine from the name, and also rye flour, so while they’re not grain free, rye is rare in dog treats and will probably work for most dogs. The only preservatives are mixed tocopherols (essentially vitamin E) and rosemary extract, and they’re made in the US. Nyx is unable to eat chicken so I will pass this along to my cousin who volunteers with a dog rescue group.
Grinch’s Sleigh – Retail Value $14
This is two different rubber parts connected by rope. Nyx went for the rope right away because that is what she does. It took her a couple of play sessions but she did manage to untie the knot holding the present onto the sleigh. She didn’t want to let me tug on this. (We tried, as you can see from the last picture, but she was kind of grabby so I just let her have it.)
Here are some pictures of Nyx modeling the antler and playing with the sleigh toy. She really liked the rope on this thing and managed to get it untied a day or two after I took these pictures. (She is an expert at finding the most vulnerable part of a toy.)
Verdict: I couldn’t calculate a value for this month’s BarkBox Super Chewer Box since none of the treats were available in the BarkBox shop and the chews were also difficult to locate. But there are still some conclusions that can be drawn (these are basically the same as last month): (1) The contents of this box are pretty representative of what you would get if you were to sign up in a given month although I’d say there were a few more items than usual; (2) Most items are custom-made for BarkBox; (3) The toys have, so far, been pretty durable. Also, the Grinch theme was fun.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box would be December’s.
Coupon – Use code SUBADDICTION to get a free extra month when you sign up for a 6 or 12-month subscription or use code ADDICTION for a $10 Barkshop credit on any new BarkBox Subscription. Barkshop credit code emailed 3-5 business days after purchase.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $39 + shipping, which means that each of the 8 items in the box has an average cost of $4.88. Although some of the chew prices are below that, the toy prices are almost certainly well above that. (When I am able to calculate values, I usually get $50-55+ for this subscription.)
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What do you think of the November 2018 BarkBox Super Chewer Box dog subscription box? Do you subscribe to any dog or cat boxes?