When it comes to man’s best friend, Debbie Drew deserves a round of a-paws.

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Since taking the lead at Hingham and District Dog Training Club earlier this year, Mrs Drew has welcomed 23 new owners to starter, intermediate and advanced classes.

The club was formed 53 years ago by Hingham stalwart Rosemary Gordon, known as Pat, who died in June.

The 89-year-old, who had lived in the town for most of her life, was well-known for running the local dog agility class and she could be seen walking her canine companions on a daily basis.

And now, Mrs Drew, who lives in Thuxton with her husband, Anthony and two stepdaughters, Emily and Georgie, is determined to ensure Miss Gordon’s legacy lives on by continuing the club.

Since taking over the club in August, Mrs Drew has been holding weekly obedience sessions in Lincoln Hall.

Mrs Drew, who has won first prize at Crufts, said: “I joined the club in 1980. I used to run a dog agility club and I now have the great pleasure of passing on the knowledge I have gained over the years.

“I had helped Pat before at various times so this isn’t alien to me. I knew Pat for about 30 years.

“It’s not true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – I can and I have.”

Mrs Drew, who has two dogs of her own – a Bernese mountain dog called Sapphire and Tiggy, a border terrier – threw a Christmas party for the two and four legged friends on December 12 which attracted nearly 40 pet owners.

“I will do my best to help dogs and their owners have a better life through understanding more about themselves,” she added. “Everyone is welcome to attend the weekly classes.”

To find out more call Mrs Drew on 07771 738414.

Do you have a Hingham story? Email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk




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