Press Release


Kristen Smith (207)761.1515 ext. 101

Portland, ME (January 31, 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 PET AGE 2011 Pinnacle Awards are selected by readers of the pet industry trade magazine. Retailers chose their favorite products throughout the year and the winners are announced in the February 2012 issue.

"It is always a great honor to receive recognition for product innovation, especially from retailers," 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!

"This award is even more exciting as it allows us to partner with our customers to help make a difference in the lives of people in need and their service dog companions. Retailers and dog lovers who purchase our products are helping us support canine service,” 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 $800,000 in cash and in-kind donations to exemplary canine service programs nationwide.

Planet Dog has received other awards for the Wood Chuck including 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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