Press Release


Kristen Smith (207)761.1515 ext. 101

Portland, ME (April 9, 2012) – Planet Dog is proud to bark about another award the socially responsible pet industry leader has fetched for its popular, eco-friendly ball tosser – the Wood Chuck®. The Green Spirit Awards are selected by the editors of PET AGE, the pet industry trade magazine. The winners are announced in the April 2012 Green Spirit issue.

The Green Spirit Awards began in 2008 with the launch of the annual Green Spirit issue to recognize the products and companies that exemplify “Green Spirit”. According to the editors of PET AGE, product ingredients and materials, packaging, manufacturing and shipping practices and company culture were the basis when reviewing contenders. And like any editor’s choice award, the product had to “wow” them.

“We are proud that the Wood Chuck has been recognized as one of the most exceptional and environmentally responsible pet products," says Kristen Smith, Planet Dog’s Brand Ambassador. 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.

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 slobber-free! It is sold with or without the Orbee-Tuff RecycleBALL, which is made with excess material from the manufacturing process and recycled Orbee-Tuff® toys.

PET AGE also gave kudos to Planet Dog for minimizing waste and repurposing materials wherever possible by using the leftover bamboo pieces and sawdust to make medium-density fiberboard, and for their charitable arm, the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF).

"Awards like this encourage more retailers and consumers to purchase our socially responsible products which raise funds to support canine service. All of our customers are making a difference in the lives of people in need and their service dog companions,” adds Smith.

2% of every Planet Dog purchase is donated to the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog's non-profit. PDF provides cash grants throughout the country that train, place and support dogs who help people in need. Since 2006, PDF has donated more than $850,000 in cash and in-kind donations to exemplary canine service programs nationwide.

Planet Dog has received numerous awards for the Wood Chuck including a Pinnacle Award from PET AGE Magazine and an Editor’s Choice Award from Dog Fancy Magazine. Dr. Marty Becker, the famed veterinarian, named it one of the Best New Pet Products for 2011. Dr. Becker, known as America's Family Vet, is the popular veterinary correspondent on ABC's Good Morning America and the Dr. Oz show.

Like all of Planet Dog’s award-winning and socially responsible products, the Wood Chuck is 100% guaranteed. It can be purchased online at and as well as at retailers nationwide. Orders can also be placed by calling Planet Dog directly at 800-381-1516.

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