Building buffs can now share their enthusiasm with Fido.
Top dogs are chewing on vinyl versions of the Washington Monument or the U.S. Capitol (its dome replaced by a fire hydrant). Pups with a taste for the Big Apple can gnaw on the Empire State Building or on a Statue of Liberty lifting a doggy bone.
Two Washington entrepreneurs, Jennifer Stram, a former investment analyst, and Deanna Chang, a lawyer, launched Jet Set Pets last February and are now into the canine squeaky-toy business full time.
"We were on the road a lot and felt terrible about leaving our dogs behind," says Chang. "You bring souvenirs home to family and friends. Dogs certainly qualify."
The toys, which also include a Maine lighthouse, a New York City Yellow Cab and a Maryland blue crab, sell for $8.50. They are available at the National Building Museum Shop ( 272-2448) and Wake Up Little Suzie ( 244-0700) as well as on the Web at http://www.jetsetpets.com.
Coming soon, says Chang, is a California redwood. "We'd love to do the Golden Gate Bridge," she adds, "but it's hard to make a bridge look cute."