Whole Dog Journal's Blog April 12, 2011

Planet Dog Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Orbee

Posted at 12:15PM - Comments: (5)

When I learned that Planet Dog was releasing a “Special Edition 10th Anniversary Orbee,” my first thought was, “Wow, has it really been 10 years?” The ball still seems new and exciting around Whole Dog Journal’s editorial office.

Planet Dog Products

I love the Planet Dog products, especially the Orbee, Orbee-Tuff, and Orbee-Tuff RecycleBALL balls. And the company seems pretty cool, too.  It donates 2 percent of each purchase to the Planet Dog Foundation, its nonprofit grant-making organization, which in turn makes grants to service dog and therapy dog organizations. (For the record, my dog Otto prefers the Orbee-tuff RecycleBALLs. Not because he’s so PC – because they are more squishy in the mouth. He’s s squisher: “Squish! Squish!”)

The Orbee was one of the first products of the modern generation of thoughtful, “specially for dogs” dog toys – in contrast to re-purposed kid toys or sports equipment. It’s hollow and globe-like, with rough depictions of earth’s continents appearing in a raised material that helps the ball bounce unpredictably – increasing the fun factor for most dogs. It floats, is durable, nontoxic, made in the USA, recyclable, and 100 percent guaranteed.

Do your dogs like Orbees? (If so, consider entering the “I Love My Orbee So Much Story Contest” on Facebook.) If not, what is his or her favorite toy? We need to review toys again soon.

Comments (5)

Lilly, my 14month old Beagle loves a pair of socks rolled into a ball and given to her, she will happily trot around the house showing off her 'prize' to all members of the family including our three nonchalant cats! She also likes sleeping with a pair of rolled up socks, Dexter my 22month old BeaglexSpaniel loves rope toys and his Kong treat ball, he particularly enjoys tug'o'war games with his rope toys and a sock if he can, although woebetide if he tries to take Lilly's sock ball off her! Janine W VIC/AUST

Posted by: Janine W | April 24, 2011 5:24 AM    Report this comment

Our sweet Westie, Gemma, is in love with the 4" size of the Spot(R) Vermont Style fleece ball. We have gone through many of these not by destruction but because they become so dirty they will no longer wash clean. Each new one is received with great joy and she gently chews on the balls to soothe herself and to put herself to sleep. Her other favorite toy is a tennis ball to chase when there are no available squirrels in the yard. Our Schnauzer mix, Tucker, is fond of chasing a laser light in the house and will play with his Zanie's large fleece jack that has squeakers in every 'arm'.

Posted by: Kathy K | April 19, 2011 4:19 PM    Report this comment

Believe it or not, my 8 year old adopted Rottie/retriever mix hasn't a clue what to do with a ball. They mean nothing to her. I'm so disappointed.
Pat Moore

Posted by: Pat M | April 19, 2011 1:52 PM    Report this comment

The orange rubber ChuckIt ball is the only one for our fanatical ball-chasing lab/whippet mix. If I try to switch he gives me a sad look: "Where's a REAL ball!?" Like your Otto, he's a squisher too, and the rubber ChuckIts make a very satisfying squelching noise as he chomp-chomp-chomps his way back for his next throw.

Posted by: LINDA F | April 19, 2011 1:12 PM    Report this comment

My three Rotties like to pick off the "continents" and eat them. I cannot buy Orbees. What a shame. Instead I purchase Jolly Bounce N Play Balls. They last for over a year. We have been playing Treiball even before we heard there was such a game! My 4.5 yr old loves to play "Soccer". He also loves that he can "throw" the Bounce N Play to me and then runs long so that I throw it back to him. My dogs are chewers and toy destroyers. There are very few toys that last more than 15 minutes in this house. We miss out on lots of toys because of this. We make up for fun and play w/the Bounce N Play balls.

Posted by: Rochelle | April 19, 2011 12:24 PM    Report this comment

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