Bear Automotive owner purchases Wichita Doggy Day Care

New Wichita Doggy Day Care owner Gary Brewer and his dog, Harley.

New Wichita Doggy Day Care owner Gary Brewer and his dog, Harley.

WICHITA — Longtime Bear Automotive owner Gary Brewer has purchased Wichita Doggy Day Care, where he’s been a customer until now.

“I’m an avid outdoorsman, and I’ve always had Labradors, and I’ve always had a love of dogs,” Brewer says.

A couple of years ago, he began taking Harley, his most recent Labrador, to the day care. Before that, Brewer says he didn’t even know businesses such as that existed.

Doggy Day Care, which he’s renaming Brewer’s Doggy Day Care, serves as a place for customers to drop off their dogs to play and be cared for on a daily basis.

“These dogs are just like their children,” Brewer says.

Instead of leaving their dogs at home for hours a day, Brewer says the day care is “a great alternative.”

There’s also extended-stay boarding.

“I’m going to take it and go north with it,” Brewer says of the business. “I’m going to improve it. I’m going to make changes. I’m going to offer more services.”

That includes remodeling, adding a groomer and adding other services the dogs can receive while they’re there, such as simple vaccinations.

Brewer says Marilyn and David Walk opened the business in 1995. Marilyn Walk died in May.

“I didn’t want to see the whole thing go away,” Brewer says.

Nor did other customers, he says.

“They were just like, ‘Oh, my god, what am I going to do with my dog?’”

Brewer says his accountant and bookkeeper, Erica Cumba, also happens to manage the Doggy Day Care, which is in 5,500 square feet downtown at 323 N. Mathewson.

“So I kind of knew the ins and outs,” he says of the business.

Brewer says he’s been trying to greet customers to let them know he’s taking over and to thank them for their business.

“I get more thank yous back from them,” he says, “thanking me for taking the business now.”