Product Review: BarkBox Super Chewer Subscription Box
I am always on the hunt for toys that my dogs won’t destroy. Even though they are both medium-sized dogs, they’re both lab mixes and while cute as buttons, they’re also young and mouthy. Lilly is two-years-old and has a mix of Lab, Shepherd and Boxer and Lucy is ten months and has a mix of Lab and hound. They are both what we affectionally call “Super Chewers” (but if honest, aggressive is definitely the word I’d use for them because they are in it to win it when it comes to destroying every toy I bring in.)
I can’t count how much money I’ve spent on toy after toy, trying to find something that will last longer than, oh, say 37 seconds. Stuffies make them laugh, and even the toys without stuffing they get kicks out of destroying because they see it as a challenge. Reinforced seams? Ha. That’s a joke for them. “Holds up to the toughest chewers,” is like a challenge, and frankly, I get tired of spending money for them to eat it all up. Literally.
So I’m not going to lie when I say I didn’t hold high hopes for BarkBox’s Super Chewer box. How great could they have better chew toys than ones I have been looking for and never seeming to find? Here’s how: the folks at Super Chewer spend their lives making the world a better place for dogs and their people. That’s all they do–look to dismantle barriers that prevent people from having more dog-inclusive lifestyles and helping dog families have better products.
Think about how many dogs a year are surrendered to (or returned to) shelters because their pet parents couldn’t put up with the chewing and destruction that comes from it? Super Chewer wants that to come to an end, so they use education and technology to be the voice (and solution for boredom and chewing) for dogs everywhere.
As soon as our trial box came, my pups knew something was up. They sniffed at and moved the box around and if they had some scissors and opposable thumbs, I believe they’d have figured out how to get into the box. They started to resort to their typical tactics–chewing–and I put them out of their misery by opening the box and letting them dig in.
Immediately, they sniffed out the treats. The first thing my Lilly pulled out was a Jones Natural Chews chewstick. I often buy Jones Chews for the dogs anyway because they’re sourced and made in the USA and they work hard to make sure that there are no preservatives or toxic chemicals in their products for our fur family members.
There were two bags of treats from Bark’s own line: Berry Wives of Windsor and Love’s Labour’s Lamb. See, that’s one of the coolest things about Super Chewer subscriptions. Each one is themed (this month’s was Shakespeare) and the toys and treats follow that theme. Your dog doesn’t have any idea, obviously, unless you tell them (and they understand you) but my eight-year-old got a big kick out of the extra special touches Super Chewer went for to tie the theme together (and he doesn’t really even know who Shakespeare is).
Super Chewer touts itself as a group of those “Our dogs get better birthday parties than our humans do,” people (we see nothing wrong with that!) and based on the elaborate and thoughtful consideration that goes into the design of this box, I believe it.
While the dogs were preoccupied with the treats (Lilly loved the Jones chewstick so much, she decided she’d not even wait for the plastic to come off, proving my point that her teeth will make a way for whatever she wants to happen to happen), I took a look at the carefully wrapped toys.
My, What Strong Toys You Have!
As a trial box, I received an extra toy, which is different than their traditional two-toy boxes. That said, there are often various specials Super Chewer runs that give you the opportunity to have an extra toy included in your subscription. Even with two toys, though, and two dogs, the box is awesome. This box included Poor Yoricks Skull and Food of Love Lute. Both of those toys are made of strong and durable natural rubber and could be used with treats. The Food of Love is a treat dispenser and the rubber when bounced has a wild wobble so your dogs go crazy as they play with it. Poor Yorick’s Skull is a treat holder (which is great for young dog teeth so they can really get in there and scrape their teeth to keep them clean) and can also be used as a throw and fetch toy. I also got what I think is one of the coolest toys I’ve had for the dogs in a long time: Slingin’ Air Rose. The ‘rose’ is made of natural rubber (and yes, it fits some of the more common ‘fling’ toys out there) and is durable. The ‘rose stem’ is made of strong nylon and I spent a good 45 minutes with my dogs running them back and forth as they chased the ‘rose’ in our front yard.
The handle feels great in my hand and better, my eight-year-old (who loves playing fetch with the ball) loves it too and feels like he has good control over the slingin’ action because it’s smaller and the grip fits better in his smaller hand. The bonus is that if the dogs should decide to give the stem a chew (or 790), it’s safe and clearly made to stand up to super chewers.
In essence, these are not toys your dog will be destroying in minutes, and if you’re like me, that’s a totally new (and fabulous!) concept.
There are a handful of different subscription options from which you can choose, and the length of subscription time gives discounted rates depending on what works best with your budget and your time. The best deal is an annual subscription.
And while you might wonder if an annual subscription is indeed worth that monthly fee, I’m going to go ahead and tell you it is. You can cancel at any time, but better? They guarantee their toys. You read that correctly. They guarantee them. If your dog should destroy one of the Super Chewer toys, they’ll send you a new one. Free of charge. Forever. You don’t need to prove it to them, you don’t have to answer any annoying questions…they simply stand behind their products that much. So yes, the money is well spent. A side note that I love (as a military spouse) is that they offer a military/veteran discount that lets you have the first month for $9 with a 12-month subscription. They love dogs, they love their country and they love the people who love dogs.
Should I Buy Or Deny?
Buy. Totally. Get online right now and order your first box. Because let’s be real. You’re spending the money on dog toys for your dogs, and you’re getting super frustrated because no matter the claim the toy gets destroyed. BarkBox has you covered if that should ever happen, and they do it with safe and fun products the whole family loves. My son immediately offered to use his own money for a Super Chewer subscription and I’m happily obliging (though it’s reasonable, so it’ll be on me!). Check them out and then, just chew it!
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