It seems like more and more cities are opening up their hearts and businesses to all members of the family, including our furry ones! Wichita is not lacking in this trend with its variety of dog friendly venues. With over 100 parks (a handful being off-leash), the many pet specialty stores, hotels, and community events, the ever-growing Midwestern city is a true pet haven.
We have become enchanted with these new prospects and have accompanied our dogther, Brewy to many of these places plus a few extras! Our favorite and most frequented locales are specific to our cravings, hobbies, and conveniences, past times we’d prefer to share with our lab mix. Combined with a stroll in the park or a trip to gather pet treats and supplies, the options below make for a great day out with our best friend!
Levi and I love to eat out, especially breakfast on our first day off from work. We typically go to a restaurant and then run back to the motorhome to pick up Brewy for a walk in a nearby park. After learning that Fetch Bistro is an indoor and outdoor pet friendly restaurant, the first of its kind in Kansas and catering to customers seeking breakfast and lunch, we couldn’t think of a more perfect way to start our weekend!
Located in the northeast corner of Wichita near the intersection of Rock Road and 37th Street, Fetch Bistro has made its home nestled within a shopping plaza. It happens to be a few minutes from our RV Park, as well! Patrons and their pooch have the option to dine alfresco style in the courtyard/pet play area or enter a side door into the restaurant.
Since writing this article, we have frequented Fetch about three times, each time eating inside. A friendly greeter meets us at the door every time, giving special attention to Brewy and showing us to our table. We are offered a selection of refreshments and Brewy gets a big bowl of cold water. Breakfast and lunch are served throughout business hours and include a variety of American favorites. Recently, Fetch Bistro extended their hours for dinner.
Since dining indoors with your pets is such a new concept, customers may not be in the know regarding restaurant etiquette; we weren’t on our first visit. I had tons of questions which were addressed by the staff and the tabletop Frequently Asked Questions display. It is these and additional practices that Fetch Bistro puts into place in order to meet health codes and stipulations.
Levi and I usually order breakfast items including omelets, burritos, and pancakes. Brewy has her own menu which includes scrambled eggs, ham, and cheddar, meatballs and rice with gravy, and beef patty with beans, to name a few. Although Brewy would scarf down anything, her stomach responds best to plain scrambled eggs and pumpkin cookies.
The food is quite scrumptious and the three of us never rack up a bill over $30. Fetch Bistro offers a meal deal card for frequent customers (receive $ off your next meal after spending a set amount) and on occasion they will run a drawing via Facebook for gift certificates. Of course, you don’t have to bring your furry friend to enjoy a hardy meal and enjoy the ambiance. Who knows? Maybe you’ll catch a group of dogs with their owners celebrating a birthday!
Unfortunately, drive-ins are becoming a thing of the past. Growing up, my family would frequent the drive-in to catch the most recent flicks. We’d pile in the suburban with our pillows, large bag of popcorn, and drinks and spend the rest of the night watching a double feature. It’s one of my many favorite childhood memories and something Levi and I enjoy now, especially on colder nights when there isn’t much to do but bundle up and veg out.
Starlite Drive-In makes the experience even more enticing by allowing movie-goers to bring their dogs! We took them up on this offer one weekend night. We made a cozy bed in the back seat and packed some treats and drinks for all of us!
Starlite is open Friday thru Sunday, with an occasional advanced screening on Thursday. Depending on the night, customers can view up to three new releases, $6 per adult, $3 for children ages 5-11, and under 5 years is free. The first showing is around 9 PM and can continue up until the wee hours of the morning.Snacks and small meals are available for purchase for much of the night. Frequent visitors can opt for a punch card and receive free admission on the 8th visit!
Like many establishments, Brewy is required to be on a leash and we must pick up after her. She is free to walk around the premises save indoor facilities like the snack bar and restrooms. There are a few grassy areas bordering the mostly gravel ground. I would suggest bringing a flashlight and maintaining a short leash, especially with cars coming in and out.
Unlike Levi, Brewy and I don’t make it through the second film. Levi wakes us up as the credits role and we head on home. Maybe next time we’ll make it through the double feature and work our way up to a triple.
Originally a gas station, Dog Wash is a do-it-yourself pooch cleaning facility open from 7 AM to 11 PM. Pet owners can choose from a handful of washing systems to shampoo, condition, and rinse their dogs. Dogs walk up a ramp leading to a giant tub with a rubber mat. Simple instructions help users operate the washing system starting at a mere $5 for the first 7 minutes. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Drying stations are available as well with blow dryers intact.
Okay, so maybe this option is not the most preferred by Brewy, but it is a convenience for us, as opposed to doing it ourselves at home and then dealing with the clean up. We can come empty handed as soap is already dispensed and towels can be purchased for a dollar via vending machine. Plus, it’s much more affordable than handing her over to a groomer; she gets to stay with us, her pack.!
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