Posted on Monday, September 17 2012 at 7am
In the run up to Christmas, could you spare a few moments from your gift knitting to knit a jumper for a homeless dog?
Dogs Trust’s ‘Keep Canines Cosy’ is asking you to use your skills and knit a doggy jumper for inclusion in a special Hope Hamper, which will then be sent along with some doggy treats to homeless people.
It may seem strange to be focusing on a charity that targets the pets of homeless people, rather than the people themselves, but as Amanda Francis from Dogs Trust explains, but helping the dogs, you’ll be helping the people!
“At Dogs Trust we know how close homeless people are to their dogs,” she says, “They often put their dog’s welfare above their own and choose to sleep rough with them rather than have to give them up, so this is a wonderful way of making sure their loyal companion has everything they need for a cosy Christmas.”
Makes sense to us!
There are a few guidelines for the jumpers, most of is common sense, so think about the dog and the owner before you cast on. Choose a yarn that’s hardwearing and washable, I sensible colours (ie not cream or white), and without any fancy adornments a dog might chew off and swallow.
One final point: “Many of the dogs on the Hope Project are medium to large in size, so we are particularly looking for jumpers that would fit dogs of stature!’
You can get a free dog jumper knitting pattern here. Just leave off the button. Any aran-weight acrylic yarn will do.
The deadline for knitted items to arrive at Dogs Trust is Friday 23 November. The address to send them to is Dogs Trust, Bolton House, 17-26 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7RQ.
Find out more at the Dogs Trust website or call 020-7837 0006