WICHITA — A therapy dog named Sophie is the inspiration behind a new pet supply store opening in Valley Center.
Dianna Richards left her job as a school para but didn't like retirement as an option for what to do next.
"I just wasn't ready for that," she says.
Richards has a couple of Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Sophie and Bruiser.
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Sophie has allergies, which Richards says "kind of opened my eyes to the different needs of dogs."
She sought help and advice from All Paws Pet Center in Wichita. The more she learned, the more she thought about her own store.
It "just kind of made me fall in love with the whole idea of it," Richards says.
So she's opening PawPrints Pet Supply in a small space at 108 N. Ash in Valley Center.
"I just want to be ... just a neighborhood store," Richards says.
She says she's directed a lot of people to All Paws, but she hopes Valley Center residents and others in her area will stop in to her store for supplies. Richards plans to eventually add a self-service dog wash.
Richards says the store will open Oct. 26 and have a grand opening on Nov. 16.
"I just decided to do something I always wanted to do."