BarkBox Review - May 2015 - Pet Subscription Box

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What is it? BarkBox 
How Much? $29 per month, plus $5 shipping. Save big on 3, 6, and 12 month pre-paid subscriptions (US$). 
What's in it? 4 or more products and presents for your dog

BarkBox is the original subscription box for dogs. I first subscribed to BarkBox in June 2013 and was very happy with the two boxes I received. BarkBox sends a monthly box of carefully selected products for your dog. Products may include toys, bones & all-natural treats, hygiene products, or innovative new gadgets. BarkBox also has a BarkShop so you can order more of your favourite products at a great rate.

Read my previous BarkBox reviews here.

The theme for May is Garden Party.
Everything's coming up roses, pup! Restock on all your favorites right here. And remember, no mixing tea time with pee time....
This is a review for a medium dog box (for 20-50lb dog). BarkBox also has options for tiny breeds, small breeds, and large breeds.
First look

I didn’t realize, but BarkBox sends several different variations out each month. I guess it makes sense given they have boxes for different sizes of dogs, but some of the boxes reviews I’ve seen for May contain products I’ve received in previous boxes, like this Fetch Canvas Bone. I received it in the March Louisiana Livin’ box but several bloggers received it this month in the Garden Party box. I find that kind of strange. To see the rest of the items featured in May’s Garden Party box, click here.

Barkmade Flowers Boquet ($14)
Velcro BarkPost Newsletter turns this toy from one to many.
This is another BarkBox exclusive product and it’s kind of cool. The newspaper holds the bouquet together, but take it off and you have 4 separate flowers, giving you 4 separate chew toys.

Butcher’s Block Rib ($3)
Made from all American, USDA approved beef.
These bones are SO messy but the dogs love them. Just be sure to give it to your pooch outside.

P.L.A.Y. Inc Butterfly ($10)
Custom made for BarkBox pups by P.L.A.Y. Inc. Made with AZO-free dye and washer and dryer safe.

This is so small and almost feels more like a baby crinkle toy.

Sojo’s Simply Lamb ($7)
Gently freeze-dried to lock in the natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
I've received Sojo's before and the dogs enjoy them. They're made of raw freeze-dried meat.

 My May BarkBox included four items, with a retail value of $34 US. A month of BarkBox costs $34 including shipping to Canada, so the value is equal to the cost. A few other May reviews I’ve seen showed five items (the 5th being a chew stick), so I’m not sure why mine only included four. I guess that’s the problem with so many review blogs out there – I see what other people are getting and I feel a bit of box envy!

This will be my last
BarkBox review for now. While I do like the products I received and I love the service BarkBox provides, I don’t know that BarkBox is a good option for Canadian consumers at this time. With our dollar so low against the US dollar, a month of BarkBox costs about $40-45 Canadian. There are some great Canadian options if you are looking for a box for your dog, which cost the same or less than BarkBox. Bowzer Box and PawPak are both Canadian based, and both offer referral programs which earn you free boxes, just like BarkBox. Paws & Play is another Canadian option. All three make an effort to include Canadian brands and products and they all donate a portion of their proceeds to animal organizations. I’m not counting BarkBox out though. When our dollar improves and it doesn’t cost us an extra 30% to purchase from the US (hopefully one day soon!), I would recommend giving BarkBox a try.

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