Canine star entertains pupils

wet  Alfie the dog visits pupils at St John's Catholic School for the Deaf.  (120113M1a)
wet Alfie the dog visits pupils at St John's Catholic School for the Deaf. (120113M1a)
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ALFIE the dog may now be the star hit of a West Yorkshire musical but he is still proving his paws are firmly on the ground with a visit to St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf last week.

Alfie, who starred in the hit musical Annie over Christmas at West Yorkshire Playhouse, made a surprise visit to the Boston Spa pupils last Friday.

Owner Elaine Fletcher, 52, took her collie cross Alfie to the school after pupils went to watch the performance of Annie at Christmas.

Elaine, of Wetherby, said two-year-old Alfie went down a treat with pupils.

Commenting on the visit to the school, Elaine told the Wetherby News: “The children didn’t know Alfie was coming, instead they were told a star from the show would be there.

“The look on their faces when he walked in was absolutely incredible.

“Dogs like Alfie love all people, and it doesn’t matter if you have a disability, he just goes up to them and makes a big fuss.”

Elaine, who gave a talk to the pupils about Alfie and explained his training schedule and daily life, says Alfie was so popular they have now been offered the chance to go back to the school today, Friday.

“Alfie went up to all the children and they all made such a big fuss of him.

“We have been invited back this week for a Dogs Trust coffee morning fundraiser too. He is a very busy dog.”