I’m a dog lover — I have a 7-year-old pup and would have 20 more if I could. I also never turn down an opportunity to pet, cuddle, or baby talk a dog that crosses my path. It breaks my heart to know that so many furry friends are in shelters without their forever homes, but I feel slightly better knowing that there are wonderful people like 89-year-old Maisie Green in the world who want to make those dogs’ lives easier.
Maisie has always loved knitting. While she’s perfectly capable of knitting things like sweaters and socks for humans, her love of dogs has led her to use her skills to help pups in need by making them blankets and coats to keep them warm during the colder months.
To date, Maisie has made over 450 blankets and coats. All of her creations have been donated to the Dogs Trust Basildon shelter in the UK. Dogs Trust is the biggest animal welfare charity in the UK and looks after more than 15,000 animals every single year, so Maisie’s donations have been a big help.
She’s glad to help however she can. “I love knitting and I love dogs, so this combines both wonderfully! It takes me three days to knit a blanket and one day to knit a doggy coat,” Maisie told Dogs Trust Basildon. “It keeps me busy and often I like to knit whilst watching television. I’m delighted to be helping the four-legged residents at the center in some way.”
We need more people like Maisie in the world. While not all of us are able to knit, there are other skills we have that could come in handy to help charitable organizations, whether it’s stray dogs or cats (or other animals), those who are homeless or less fortunate, and more. The important thing is to give back in whatever way we can, and Maisie is certainly an inspiration to do so.
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