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Lochaber and District Canine Society has had another busy year and is looking forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual breed show in September 2019.
Society chairwoman Lorna Ungoed-Thomas told the Lochaber Times about the history of the society and how it came into being nearly a quarter of a century ago.
‘Formed in the mid 1970s, ‘the Dog Club’ began running training classes for dog enthusiasts wanting to develop a special bond with their canine friends and perhaps take part in competitive events,’ said Lorna.
‘It has always promoted responsible dog ownership and participation in community events.
‘In 1994, ‘the Dog Club’ joined the Kennel Club and became recognised as Lochaber and District Canine Society.
‘From then, we ran competitive shows in many spheres of dog activity.
‘In September 2019, we will be holding our 25th annual breed show for pedigree dogs in the Nevis Centre and expect an entry of 300 to 400 dogs from all over Scotland, with special prizes to compete for.
‘We also held open obedience competitions for many years and currently run a rally obedience competition once a year.
‘The club also holds fundraising events for local or dog-related charities.
‘Throughout the last 40-plus years we have continued to run pet dog training classes on Tuesday evenings.
‘These started off in Braxi Hall, Inverlochy, but gradually outgrew that venue and moved to the Nevis Centre in Fort William several years ago.
‘These classes provide training for puppies as well as more advanced classes for older dogs.
‘Countless numbers of local dogs and their owners have benefited from these classes and have made both doggy and human friends.
‘We also run and promote other doggy activities. In the summer the outdoor agility and flyball – as seen at Crufts each year – are great fun, as is the fast and furious lure coursing.
‘There are also rather more sedate summer walks for the less energetic and the ever popular doggy Christmas party.’
To find out more about the society’s activities and how to join, contact secretary Sarah Holroyd on LDCS@btconnect.com