Since it appears that it is not widely known that Shrewton has a thriving Dog Club, the Members thought that this introductory article would confirm that the Club is, indeed, alive and well!
By way of background, Stan Browning founded the Shrewton Dog Club about 18 years ago. From that early time, Kerry Eggleton, who also lives in Shrewton, was training to be an Instructor and became his Assistant for the lower classes.
The Club thrived for several years, successfully holding a range of events including: Dog Shows, Kennel Club Good Citizen Tests, Displays, a sponsored dog walk and even a dog themed panto. Sadly Stan passed away. unexpectedly in 2011, and the club closed down. In 2012, it was reopened by the then Secretary, Lynn Denniston who reopened it with Kerry Eggleton as the Trainer. Since then, the Club has held annual Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Tests, with several dogs achieving the sought after Gold Award. It has also put on Displays at the Riding for the Handicapped Centre in Wilton, organised Agility days and Dog Walks. The Dogs have also had their own Christmas Party and the Owners enjoy an annual Trophy Evening in a local Pub.
The Club meets monday evenings at shrewton village hall new dogs must be assessed suitable for class training but all breeds and sizes are welcome so far the membership has included a tiny yorkshire terrier “Barney” and the giant Leonberger “Shiloh”. Some of the dogs have also had other roles, as therapy dogs, gun dogs and even a sheep dog.
The Dogs are presently busy preparing for this Year’s Annual Kennel Club “Good Citizen” Tests and, in September, held a Fun Event Day that allowed the dogs to “Have a go” at the obstacles!
Next year, the club is hoping to expand its number of activities and maybe introduce a permanent puppy class.