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Partney Dog Society celebrates 30th birthday

By CFarrowTG  |  Posted: July 22, 2013

FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS: There was a good turnout for the 30th birthday of Partney Dog Society including a visit from two founder members. (Photo: David Nutt)

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MEMBERS of Partney Dog Society have come together with their four-legged companions to celebrate the club’s 30th birthday.

From Labradors to Chihuahuas a wide range of pooches and their owners celebrated with a variety of novelty classes and a quiz.

Secretary, Skhy Austin, said: “Partney and District Ringcraft Club (original name) was founded in 1983 by a group of local dog enthusiasts who wanted to both practice their dogs for the breed show ring and support the local community in training their dogs.

“The club has evolved to provide training to pet dog owners and we are now a Kennel Club registered society and owing to the increase in the interest of pet dog owners for basic obedience training, the club re-registered in 2010 to become the Partney Dog Training Society.

“We follow the Kennel Club’s Good Citizens’ Scheme promoting responsible dog ownership and provide foundation puppy training, bronze, silver and gold tests throughout the year.”

The society is run by an elected committee and three officers who are all acting in a voluntary capacity and give up their time free of charge to promote responsible dog ownership within the local community.

The society boasts a membership base of more than 60 members who pay an annual membership of £5 for one year’s membership which covers the society’s insurance costs.

Skhye added: “The society has a standing booking at Partney Village Hall on a Tuesday night where we have trained for the last 30 years.

“We have classes for ringcraft (breed showing ring training) between 6.30pm-7.15pm, puppy foundation class 7.30pm-8pm, beginners obedience 8pm-9pm and further obedience 9pm-10pm every week.

“We have members from all walks of life, young and old with a shared interested of ensuring that their dogs and others are happy healthy members of the community.”

For more information about the club visit www.partneydogclub.co.uk

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