Friday 28 October 2016

'It’s the only gift they will get' - Kind woman knits hundreds of hats for homeless dogs

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 02/12/2015 | 14:57

A gorgeous greyhound models one of Jan's creations
Credit:Twitter/The Knitting Chap
A gorgeous greyhound models one of Jan's creations Credit:Twitter/The Knitting Chap
A number of dogs wearing items knitted by Jan Credit:Twitter/The Knitting Chap

A kind hearted dog lover has spent over 4,000 hours knitting snug and cosy hats, jumpers and snoods for homeless greyhounds.

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Jan Brown from Sunderland in England has been carrying out the labour of love for the past five years.

Each garment is made with love and can take up to 20 hours from start to finish.

Jan has created more than 300 jumpers for needy dogs.

"Greyhounds have very thin fur so they really feel the cold during the winter so my gifts help keep them warm during walks.

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"There are so many dogs that won’t be re-homed this Christmas so for many of them it’s the only gift they will get," Jan said.

She began her kind deeds in 2008, knitting woolly items for Greyhound Rescue Northeast, a centre that rescue retired greyhounds, lurchers and whippets and locate new homes for them. report that the industrious woman quit her job in 2012 and established her own website where she sells her funky canine clothes to people from all corners of the globe.

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Jan donates all profits to dog rescue centres across the UK.

At Christmas, Jan churns out copious festive knits, making Father Christmas outfits, woolly antlers and Christmas hats for the doggies.

"I can’t think of anything I would rather do than knit woolly clothing for dogs.

"I have spent over 4,000 hours knitting but it’s all worthwhile when I see them sporting their new jumpers and hats.

"It’s really sweet seeing them in their festive Christmas jumpers and it’s giving much needed help to the rescue centres.

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