End of the line for dancing dogs?
PUBLISHED: 03:36 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 May 2010
A LINE dancing club for dogs could close unless a new meeting place can be found. The Waggy Tails Line Dancing group has a 10-year-old member with cerebral palsy and, thanks to her dog Kimmy, she has not used her wheelchair in over a year. But young Step
A LINE dancing club for dogs could close unless a new meeting place can be found. The Waggy Tails Line Dancing group has a 10-year-old member with cerebral palsy and, thanks to her dog Kimmy, she has not used her wheelchair in over a year.But young Steph Jeffries and the rest of the human members are desperately trying to find a new home for the group because its current HQ, Banwell Youth and Community Centre, is being turned into a children's centre.Before joining the club Steph rarely left the house without the aid of her wheelchair and lacked confidence.Her mum Ann said: "Without the line dancing classes, Steph wouldn't be doing half the things she is now. She has so much fun. The club gives her encouragement to stand up for herself."Club leader Alison Garforth said: "I have written to the council asking for a new place to train, so I'm waiting for a reply. If nothing happens, we will have nowhere to go."People are reluctant to help because they think the dogs are messy, but they're not. The rare accident is always cleaned up quickly. "Apparently we are not allowed in school halls because of allergies."Waggy Tails regularly gives performances and demonstrations and the dogs enjoy dancing to tracks like Achy Breaky Heart and Jump by Girls Aloud. If anyone can help, Alison is looking for a hall or barn where the club can hold its meetings in the Somerset area, preferably near Banwell. Anyone who thinks they can help should call Alison on 07739 890803.* Thank you to Just For Fun, of Meadow Street, Weston, for supplying the props for the photo above.