Unless your aunt spends her spare time time sewing giant pink bunny suits, there’s really nothing like receiving a homemade gift for Christmas. And, thanks to Jan Brown, more than 300 dogs know how that feels.
The 52-year-old English woman has spent an estimated 4,000 hours — more than 160 days — hand-knitting sweaters, scarves, hats and coats for homeless Greyhounds, reports Caters News Agency.
“I can’t think of anything I would rather do than knit woolly clothing for dogs,” she told Caters.
Her hobby began five years ago when she made some coats for her own Greyhounds. She loved how they looked — and loved keeping them warm during the brutal winters in the north of England — so she started donating some of her creations to local shelters and rescues. In 2013, she quit her job to knit full time. All of the profits she makes through her company, Knitted With Love, go toward material and postage costs, according to Caters.
Each sweater takes Brown almost 20 hours to make, while some of the coats she makes from blankets take four hours each. But she believes it’s time well-spent, since her donations mean that the shelters can spend their money on other — perhaps more essential — items.
“There are so many dogs that won’t be rehomed this Christmas, so for many of them it’s the only gift they will get,” she said.
Here are a few of Brown’s creations, being modeled by some handsome (and lucky) dogs.
1. Gotta keep those long necks warm!
2. Looks like someone is getting into the Christmas spirit…
3. …this dog, not so much.
4. These Greyhounds coordinated their outfits for the day. Twinsies!
5. This dog may be warm, but he’s not happy about it.
6. On Wednesday Greyhounds wear pink.
7. And here is the gang all snug as bugs in a rug.
Even if you can’t knit, you can help homeless dogs stay warm this winter. Click here to find out how.