Satellite Dog Chew – Do You Recognise This Dog Chew Toy?

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The super Satellite dog chew

Satellite Chew ToyThis is – or was – Murphy‘s favourite dog chew toy. He chewed it so much that it stopped doing what it was supposed to do and went in the bin.

Satellite Chew ToyI have not been able to find another one so I’m writing about it here to ask if anyone knows what it is and, more importantly, where to get one.

Satellite from Planet Dog?Murphy - On your marks...

It lasted literally years and to the best of my recollection it was called something like Satellite From Planet Dog.

There is a Planet Dog website but it doesn’t show up there.

Of course, it may have been called something totally different like UFO or Satellite from Dog Planet or Flying Saucer or Big Heavy Dog Chew with Spiky Holes.

I find it difficult to believe that it’s no longer in production because it was absolutely brilliant!

The triangular dog chew secretMurphy - Ready...

Let me explain how it works.

Apologies for the photos but they’re all I have of it before it got binned. I didn’t think I’d be putting out an appeal to see if anyone could track it down.

It’s made of very heavy-duty rubber, much like a Kong, and roughly flying saucer-shaped.

The genius is that it has 6 or 8 holes (blame my failing memory) around the middle but instead of the insides of the holes being smooth, they had triangle-like protuberances designed to grip any treat you put inside.

Making your MarkieMurphy - Steady...

Now, whether by chance or design, these holes were perfect for holding Markies. Not the mini ones but the original ones. You pushed them in and the triangles held them tightly.

Murphy was never a chewer in the sense of chewing up clothes and furniture, but give him a toy and he’d have a go.

Plush, soft and squeaky toys (usually given by well-meaning friends and relatives) tended to last only minutes. After we watched Murphy extract the squeaker, we distracted him in order to move it to safe place – the bin.

But the Satellite was made of sterner stuff. As the objects of interest were in holes that, for the most part, Murphy was unable get his teeth on either side of, he couldn’t chew bits off it as he could with many other toys.

Murphy never gives upMurphy - Chew!

But never one to let a treat goes to waste, Murphy would chew at it for hours – without doing it much significant damage. His general tactic was to nibble at the small area of exposed Markie until it came through the hole.

Of course, in time, he did manage to chew bits off it here and there. The triangles proved particularly difficult but, one by one, they disappeared and the holes lost their ability to firmly hold a Markie.

Two years later…

It did take a couple of years, though, which has to be something of a record for a chew toy and for Murphy in particular.

He never lost interest in it – there were treats inside! The Markies became easier and easier to get out so he probably thought all his hard work had paid off. Bless.

But, the challenge had gone. The Satellite had served its purpose and when none of the holes were tight enough to hold a Markie, it went to the big dog toy repository in the sky.

And I have been unable to find another one.

If you have actually had one, if you know what it’s called or know who makes them or where to buy one, please, please let me know in the Comments below.

If you’re a manufacturer reading this and want a toy that absolutely will stand up to heavy chewing, please, please make it. I’ll be your first buyer!

Happy chews!

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10 comments on “Satellite Dog Chew – Do You Recognise This Dog Chew Toy?

  1. I’m sorry to say I do not recognise this satellite dog chew!  And I feel sad at the thought that Murphy might be missing out on something that has brought him a lot of pleasure.

    Is there nothing else on the market that would bring him as much, if not more, pleasure?  I know that I myself often become attached to a product and then feel very inconvenienced when they take it off the shelves.  But when I eventually manage to force myself to try something new, I am compensated with a new experience.

    I’m curious to know what you have given Murphy to tide him over til you find a replacement.

    • Hi Cath – ah yes, poor Murphy 🙁

      However, as I detailed in the Kong chew toy review, Murphy probably likes Kongs more because he gets more treats in them 🙂 The great thing about the Satellite was that it kept him occupied for ages and he really enjoyed the challenge of getting the Markies out of the holes.

      I have trawled the web looking for something similar but can find nothing. Kongs are great so no problem there, but the other toys tend to be balls or cubes which release treats when they’re rolled around the floor. Not quite the same as having a good chew!

  2. I really enjoyed reading your article and I can relate!  I have a standard poodle and what she likes is peanut butter in a Kong.  She”ll chew and lick at it for the longest time, until there isn’t a drop of PB left in it.

    I wish you had more information about the Satellite Chew toy so I could help you out.  Like you said in your article, the picture is kind of fuzzy and it’s hard to even see the little triangle you put the Markees in.  

    I looked all over the Internet and the closest I got was a planet dog supplier on Amazon, but none of the toys look like yours.

    How long ago did you buy it and do you remember what store?

    • Hi Denis – thanks for reading. After an exhaustive (and ocassionally on-going) search, I have come to the conclusion that it is no longer made, hence the article. It’s a great shame because it is a fantastic toy and there’s nothing quite like it on the market. The nearest is the Kong – which is also great! – but the Satellite was just a bit different.

      I bought it many years ago. I know exactly where I bought it but when I tried to replace it they said they had not had any for a long time. This is why I am not totally sure if the toy was called ‘Satellite from Planet Dog’ or if ‘Planet Dog’ was the manufacturer. If nenory serves, I did get in touch with them (a good number of years ago) but they had no such item in their catalogue. Ah well…

      Kongs all round!

  3. Uh oh… I wish I could really help you replace that toy. I love the passion with which you wrote this article.

    The closest I could find to that chew toy is the ‘holapet interactive rubber toys for dogs’.

    Alternatively I am suggesting that you can contact manufacturers of dog chew toys on aliexpress or alibaba. Give them a specification of what you want and have them produce it for you. (a lot of sellers on these sites I mentioned are manufacturers )

    It’s just a suggestion, you may want to try it.

    • Hi Eohia – thanks for reading and for your suggestion. It’s a great idea – I could go into the dog toy market 🙂 I think it would be difficult to break into, producing just the one item, although it is a mega toy! 🙂

      I was – and still am – hoping some enterprising manufacturer would see the article and bring it to production. Who knows…? 🙂

  4. What a nice story about your dog, Murphy.  Is  he really a Rottidoberdor?

    I think the chew toy with holes to put the Markies dog treat inside is a great toy for dogs and it really looks like Murphy is having a fun time in your pictures.

    I hope you are able to find a suitable replacement chew toy through your post, Ian. Making an appeal through your post to other pet owners to discover the name of the toy or the manufacturing company is a smart idea. Good luck with your search.

    • Hi John – thanks for your contribution. Yes, Murphy is a genuine, one-of-a-kind Rottidoberdor! 🙂 I’m sure there are others like him but I haven’t met any quite the same. Young Rottis look similar but add the stockiness when they grow up.

      You never know who might read this and recognise the toy so we live in hope 🙂

      Meanwhile, as I’ve told a couple of visitors here, the Kong is doing sterling duty and I suspect Murphy likes it even more because ut holds more treats and they are easier to get out!

  5. Hi Ian,

    I searched everything I could think of to find it.  I think it was part of their Orbee line, but I’m not sure.  I found Kong Tires that are similar but that’s not what you’re looking for, I know. 

    I did find this one that says it’s indestructible and you can slide treats into it, it was a Unizero Knot Ball.  But again, I know that’s not what you’re looking for.  Murphy is adorable, cute story!  Good luck!

    • Hi Kris – thanks for doing a search. There are so many great dog toys available now that our dogs are spoilt for choice! 🙂

      The Know Ball in particular looks interesting. I have bought Murphy several alternative toys but none engaged him quite as much as the Satellite – apart from the Kong! 🙂

      He had a plastic puzzzle cube once which had a maze-like interior. He had to roll it around to get the treats out. However, he was never sure when it was empty and I had to help him roll it to get the last couple of treats out. He wasn’t overly impressed 🙂

      Obviously, I thunk Murphy’s lovely. When I got him from the shelter, they asked why I picked him. Here was a large-ish Rotti-type dog, and I said it was ’cause he was cute. They looked at him for a minute and then nodded! 🙂

      But then, all dogs are lovely…

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