December 2, 2013
By Thomas B Haines
When a spouse rolls his or her eyes at the notion of another flight around the patch, there's usually one tail-wagging willing passenger standing by. Flydo always seems ready to catch some lift, and he'll be especially anxious to go knowing a treat is involved. For that, Sunflower Seven has created a line of handmade airplane-shaped dog treats that make great stocking stuffers for the favorite canine flier in your life.
Pilot and entrepreneur Suzanne Cole combines her love of dogs and aviation to crank out the large biscuits. Each is about 3.5-by-3.5 inches. They are oatmeal-based and flavored with molasses to whet your dog's sweet tooth. She bakes the treats daily using all natural ingredients and no preservatives.
Cole features a host of speciality dog treats, toys, and pet paraphernalia on her website. She makes the various treats herself "from the types of ingredients found in your grandmother's cupboard." She describes her other products as "eco-conscious, fair-trade friendly and very frequently, certified organic." And made in Kansas, the sunflower state and home of other famed aviation entrepreneurs with names like Cessna and Beech.
The Flying Machines treats are packed about 18 to 20 to a box and sell for $13.99. For ordering information, see Sunflower Seven. A worthwhile reward for the passenger least likely to judge your landings.
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