Friday, October 29, 2010

Planet Dog's wood chuck wins award

Planet Dog is proud to bark about the 2010 Editors' Choice Award it has received for its new ball-tossing device, the wood chuck®, from the editors of Dog Fancy Magazine, a leading pet consumer magazine. The annual Editors' Choice Awards, which recognize the most innovative new dog products of the year, are announced in Dog Fancy Magazine's December 2010 issue which hit newsstands this week.

Out of 100 new product submissions, the editors of Dog Fancy Magazine chose 16 winners for this year's awards. Each of the winning products earned their seal of approval by offering innovative solutions to everyday problems or giving new life to an old idea.

The wood chuck, which is made from 100% sustainable bamboo and reused cork scraps, offers consumers an eco-friendly way to enjoy playing fetch with their canine companions. The wood chuck is a beautiful, strong and sleek ball-tosser that provides maximum chuck-ability… naturally.

"When you're playing fetch, doesn't it always seem like you can never throw the ball as far as you want, and you end up tiring out before your dog does?" asks John Schwartze, Associate Editor of Dog Fancy Magazine. "Try the wood chuck! Made from bamboo and reused cork, the eco-friendly thrower is light, as is the ball, and you get some serious distance when you hurl this ball across the field," adds Schwartze.

The patent-pending wood chuck was ergonomically engineered with 100% sustainable bamboo and reused cork for comfort and grip-ability throw, after throw, after throw. The wood chuck’s 4-pronged claw coupled with the pliant nature of Planet Dog’s Orbee-Tuff® balls make it a cinch to grab and throw. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant and can grow up to 24 inches in just one day.

Planet Dog is proud to incorporate more eco-friendly materials into their award-winning collection of dog products. All leftover bamboo scraps and sawdust from the wood chuck are re-purposed into MDF (medium-density fibreboard) so there is no waste in the manufacturing process.

The handle of the sleek wood chuck is made from actual cork scraps - chopped up cork leftover from other projects. They are not synthetic and would otherwise be disposed of if not given new life in the innovative new ball-tosser.

The wood chuck was designed with Planet Dog's best-selling 2.5" Orbee-Tuff balls in mind. Because not all balls are created equally, in addition to the Orbee-Tuff 2.5” balls, some non-pressurized standard tennis balls also fit and can be used with the wood chuck. It is sold with and without Planet Dog's Orbee-Tuff RecycleBALL® for a wholesale price of $10.00 without a ball or $12.50 with one. The suggested retail price is $24.95 with a ball and $19.95 without one.

Like all of Planet Dog's products, the wood chuck features a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Retailers can place an order for the wood chuck online at or by calling Planet Dog toll-free at 800-381-1516. Consumers will be able to purchase it at pet stores and other retailers nationwide or online at

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The wood chuck is socially responsible, too. Planet Dog is proud to donate 2% of every product purchase to the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) to support canine service nationwide. PDF provides cash grants to organizations throughout the country that train, place and support dogs helping people in need. Since January 2006, PDF has given away $750,000 in cash grants and in-kind product donations to exemplary programs. To see the 2% in action, please visit

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