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Dog club closes after 25 years

Maddie and Tom Greening with their dogs Dizzi, Coco and Merri

Maddie and Tom Greening with their dogs Dizzi, Coco and Merri

A couple from Bodicote have made the difficult decision to close their popular dog training club after 25 years.

Maddie and Tom Greening have been running Bodicote K9 Club from the village Scout group’s clubhouse for the past six years.

Before this they held their classes at the village hall for about 19 years.

The club helped dog owners train their pets through weekly classes.

Mrs Greening said: “It has just been a lovely club and we have met some lovely people along the way. My greatest joy was running the puppy class but everything has to come to an end and while we are sad to do it, we feel now is the right time.

“Tom and I have absolutely loved running this club, I couldn’t have done it without him. It makes me feel really good that what we have done has helped so many families train their pets.”

Mr and Mrs Greening held a leaving party with club members at their home in Red House Road on Tuesday.

The pair have raised about £8,000 for charity since they started their venture. Members paid £1 for each class and all profits went to charities such as Guide Dogs and Dogs for the Disabled.

The club also took part in a sponsored dog walk around Broughton Castle, raising £2,500 for specialist equipment at the Horton Hospital.

Initially the couple held one class a week but as the sessions grew in popularity they increased them, eventually running three a week.

Mrs Greening said: “Some club members were saying they were enjoying it so much which is why we decided to add more classes. We even had two members meet each other here and get married, which was lovely.”

 

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