Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds salutes Jan Brown, another avid knitter using her skills to help vulnerable animals keep warm this winter. A mom and dedicated dog lover, Brown lives in Seaburn, located in North East England and has been knitting sweaters for abandoned greyhounds and whippets since 2008.
Brown got her start knitting sweaters for the Greyhound Rescue Northeast shelter in Tyne & Wear, which specializes in rescuing and re-homing retired racing dogs. Brown started receiving so many orders for dog sweaters, coats, hats, and neck warmers that she eventually quit her day job in order to knit full-time. Now she sells her cozy canine garments via Knitted With Love and uses the profits to support dog shelters throughout the UK.
Each woolly greyhound sweater is made entirely by hand and can take as long as 20 hours to complete. When the holidays draw near Brown starts making festive Christmas-themed garments.
‘I can’t think of anything I would rather do than knit woolly clothing for dogs,’ Jan says. ‘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,’ she adds, explaining: ‘Greyhounds have very thin fur so they really feel the cold during the winter so my gifts help keep them warm during walks. 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.’
Visit Knitted With Love to learn more about Jan Brown and her ongoing efforts to help chilly dogs keep warm, stay healthy, and find loving new homes.