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Dogs Trust supporter knits winter warmers for Harefield dogs

With the cold weather snap this week, the rescue dogs at Dogs Trust West London (Harefield) are particularly grateful for the ‘suppawt’ of a local Watford woman who has been knitting winter warmer coats for pooches big and small. 

Christine Handley has knitted 32 coats so far and is still busy clicking away to keep as many dogs as possible cosy this Christmas. Christine has supported Dogs Trust for over 20 years, since the late 1990s when she made a quantity of fluorescent fleece-lined coats for dogs of the homeless in London. This year, she decided to make it her mission to keep the dogs at the centres warm this winter. 

The coats are knitted in two strands of double knit for warmth and durability with an emphasis on making them easy to put on. This avoids the dogs becoming stressed when being dressed in the coats and it is easier for the Canine Carers at Dogs Trust to slip the coats over the dogs’ heads. 

Commenting on why she spends time knitting for Dogs Trust, Christine said: 

“I have always loved animals and have owned rescue dogs for some 38 years. I find knitting very relaxing and therapeutic and knitting dog coats has a very positive outcome. Not only do some of the dogs need extra warmth in the winter months but they often come to rescue centres in a bad condition and need that extra comfort. It is this that motivates me to knit for them whenever time allows.”

Richard Moore, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust West London said: 

“The team at Dogs Trust want to give a huge ‘round of appaws’ to Christine for knitting these wonderful winter warmer coats. The dogs are very cosy due thanks to her efforts and are now sporting very stylish winter looks. We are so grateful to all of our supporters who are helping to brighten up Christmas for our rescue dogs this year.”