Pensioner’s crafty way to help dogs from afar

Poppy snuggles up on her personalised blanket
Poppy snuggles up on her personalised blanket

A DOG lover has come up with a crafty way to help her beloved four-legged friends.

Despite living in Newbury in Berkshire, Dorothy Dean still spends many hours helping Dogs Trust Shoreham from afar.

Rose enjoying her blanket

Rose enjoying her blanket

The keen knitter creates personalised blankets to help homeless hounds at the Brighton Road centre to stay cosy during cold weather.

Ever since Dorothy adopted a dog from Dogs Trust Shoreham, she has been in regular contact, supplying the centre with her comfy creations.

Now she is retired, she can find plenty of time to help some of the longest-serving residents, so they stay warm and snug as they await new homes.

She explained: “I have always had dogs of my own and, as they have given me to much joy over the years, I wanted to give them something in return.

“I’ve knitted almost 20 blankets for some of the older dogs at Dogs Trust Shoreham and it’s lovely to know that I have helped the dogs in some way.

“I hope they take their blankets with them to enjoy when they do find their forever homes.”

Dorothy’s parcels are put to good use in the winter months, when the dogs can be found curled up, making themselves at home on their blankets.

Tracey Rae, rehoming centre manager at Shoreham, said: “We are so grateful to Dorothy for her generous blanket donations and really appreciate her extra efforts to personalise each one.

“It is always a treat to receive them, as every blanket is knitted so beautifully and the dogs all love snuggling up on them.

“Dorothy’s blankets are a lovely way to provide the dogs with the home comforts they’re missing while they await new homes.”

Volunteers are an important part of the Dogs Trust team, in the centres, in charity shops and at events.

Jobs include kennel cleaning, dog walking, reception duties, home visits, maintenance work, garden maintenance, fostering and puppy socialisation.

People can also help by fundraising or joining campaigns on issues such as puppy smuggling.

For more information, visit or pop into the Shoreham rehoming centre during opening hours.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for nearly 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of rehoming centres.