Eck feeding some of his treats from to, left to right,
his dog Duncan, Cool Joyce Studio owner Joyce Foy’s dog
Anya and the dogs’ best friend Cooper.
Photo courtesy of Eric Eck
OCONOMOWOC — The Doggy Bag pet
store in Oconomowoc, 124 E. Wisconsin Ave., announced late Sunday
night that the owner Eric Eck hopes to sell the business or close it
by the end of October.
“After 16 years and making millions (yes millions) of treats for
your pooches, and making so many great friends through those
years,we have made the difficult decision to move on to new
adventures and either sell or close The Doggy Bag,” the store’s
Facebook post states.
The Doggy Bag was opened in 2003 by Eric Eck after he bought the
business from the previous owners and has sold his gourmet dog
treats to dogs with a variety of dietary needs.
Eck didn’t just sell his treats at his store; he sold treats at the
Piggly Wiggly in Hartland and Watertown, Albrecht’s Delafield Market
and Sendik’s Fine Foods in Brookfield. His cookies were also sold
under Sendik’s Food Markets’ own label in 14 stores.
Eck said the decision to try and sell the business or have it close
came after his wife Lori found out she would lose her job after
Boston Store closed. Eck said Lori’s job would provide insurance and
allowed Doggy Bag to operate.
Eck found a full-time job at Collins Aerospace in New Berlin to
provide insurance for his family and his wife found a job with
Macy’s in Madison.
“The bane of any small business is insurance,” Eck said.
Eck said he and wife had begun thinking about their lives during
retirement and decided he couldn’t quit his full-time job just
because his wife got one.
“We’re at the point where we need to start thinking about ourselves
a little bit,” Eck said. “We have hopes and dreams for life after we
retire, like most people do.”
Eck said it was a hard decision to make.
“We met so many wonderful people and had so many wonderful
experiences, it was very hard,” he said.
Eck said he would like to sell the business to someone, just as he
bought it when he opened up.
“We’d work with them and share recipes with them,” Eck said. “We
sold to area grocery stores and could have that continue on.”
Amid all the comments Eck has received, there are still some that
make him laugh.
“People have commented asking about our recipes because they’ve said
their dog will only eat our treats,” Eck said.
Of the things he said he was going to miss the most, Eck said he is
going to miss the people because dog people are the nicest people in
“People would come in here and it made them happy to make their dog
happy,” he said.