BarkBox is a reader-favorite monthly subscription box for dogs for $35 a month + free shipping. BarkBox customizes your box to your dog’s size. For reference, this review is for the medium size, which is recommended for dogs 20-50 lbs. Murray, my 10-year-old Corgi-Maltese will be testing these products to let us know if this subscription is up to sniff... I mean snuff!
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The May 2022 'Welcome to the Bark Side' box included three toys, two bags of treats, and a chew - this is close to what you can expect with your monthly subscription, though it does vary for everyone once in a while.
Sometimes, these items are marked as 'Sold Out' on the BarkBox app - but they have a little 'As Seen In BarkBox' section of the BarkShop where you can grab items featured in monthly themes.
Murray can sense when he gets a package, and he was literally pushing this one around my living room, practically begging me to unbox it with him. Let's dig in!
What's Inside The Box
Mos Eisley Munchies, 4 oz.
This month's box collaboration is with Star Wars, bringing us special treats and toys honoring Star Wars characters. This bag of treats is the first thing Murray pulled out of the box and for good reason. He absolutely loves Barkbox treats, and he can never get enough of their chewy biscuits. Made with grass-fed lamb and real cheddar cheese, these were a total crowd-pleaser.
Dogobah Boggo Bites, 3 oz.
Of course, this jerky treat totally knocked it out of the park for my pooch. How could you possibly go wrong with farm-raised pork and bacon? There aren't any artificial preservatives in this treat, and it is also naturally smoked.
Good enough to fight mom for it!
The Pet Gourmet Chew Stick Pumpkin & Honey Recipe, 1.35oz – Retail Value $2.49
Murray received this same chew last month; here are his thoughts about it then and now:
I gave Murray this pumpkin and honey chew, looked away for maybe 30 seconds, and it was gone! I looked through the couch and all around the floor, but sure enough, he diligently ate that thing at record speed. He loves to munch on these; they are great for an extra-special treat, and they are also good for a dog's dental health.
No Barkin', Young Jedi Toy
I couldn't believe that Murray didn't automatically welcome this toy, but it is a little hard to look at (much cuter than Jabba from the movies, though!). Usually, Murray loves a good slimy villain, and he did eventually warm up to him in time. He ended up loving Jabba's tail, dragging him and whipping him around. This toy is filled with fun crinkled material and an irresistible squeaker.
Bark It Up, Fuzzball!
Needless to say, Murman loved Chewy. He loves a furry plush, but Chewy is special; he is very crinkly (another obsession of his), and he has a perfectly accessible squeaker that I can now hear in my sleep. It was love at first bite with this one!
Obey Your Master Toy
Oh yeah, this Darth toy was another total hit for Mur. He loves extra fabric, so Darth's cape really took a beating early on. I didn't realize that Darth's helmet was removable until Murray showed me, and he loved that just as much as Darth himself. More crazy crinkles and squeaks later and Murray has been officially adopted into the Bark Side.
Darth has definitely been going through some stuff since he got here, haha.
This month's BarkBox was an exciting mix of Star Wars-themed treats and toys. We are at the point now where Murray's "spidey" senses start to tingle when he sees a BarkBox; he knows that he is in for a good time filled with treats and a lot of play. It is no secret that Murray loves Bark Box treats, but this month's toys really did it for him. I think he is in love with Chewy, to be honest. If you're someone like me who hates to see old, nasty and worn toys laying around the house, this subscription is an awesome way to keep your pup's toys in rotation and keep him guessing with each month's finds.
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Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $35.00 a month + free shipping
Value Breakdown: Since these products are all made by BarkBox and sold exclusively through the subscription, I was not able to get a retail value for each item. I received a total of six products this month, which averages out to about $5.83 for the $35 a month cost, which is a steal for the quality of each item. You would absolutely pay more for subpar products in a pet shop, making this subscription well worth its cost.
To Wrap Up
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! As of this post's publication, May's "Welcome to the Bark Side" box is still available.
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