LoveKnitting is so excited to be working with the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to help raise money and awareness for the great work that they do. Battersea aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. They are champions for, and supporters of vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. Every year they care for over 7,000 dogs and cats. We've teamed up with some incredible independent crochet designers who made some of the most adorable dog and cat patterns we've ever seen. For every pattern that you purchase, 100% of the profits will be given to the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home! Thankfully the animals we based the original patterns on have been rehomed, so we chose some current residents to model with the patterns.
Mickey was a street dog in Turkey before being rescued and brought over to England. He had been born with such severely bowed legs that he'd adapted to walking with his elbows almost on the floor. He was in constant pain and discomfort. He had learned how to get around despite his severely bent legs, but it was clear that left alone, he would continue to be in extreme discomfort. Staff at Battersea knew that major surgery was the only option.
He needed extensive operations using pins and frames to reshape his legs, followed by months of recovery, then physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to teach Mickey how to walk again. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Veterinary Director said, "Everyone in the veterinary team has a soft spot for Mickey. He was on bed rest for months while he recovered and was always so calm and good-natured. We had a huge celebration when he took his first short, shaky step - we were all so proud of him." Slowly, gently, Mickey started to figure it out. He's now able to walk and play without any pain in his new home. Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady – who’s now included Mickey in his show Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas, said: "When you see Mickey today you’d never guess how much he’s been through. It’s an absolute delight to watch him playing and bounding around with his doggy friends."
This colorful pillow was knit by Ruby and the Foxes with Theo in mind, a handsome stray Malamute/Husky cross. Theo was found wandering the streets of South West London. He was taken to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s rural center at Brands Hatch where, after two years of patiently waiting for the right owners, he recently went home with a couple from Oxfordshire. “Theo has such a personality; he is a fabulous, playful dog,” says his Rehoming & Welfare Assistant, who was also his foster carer for a while. “When he first came in he was very frustrated on the lead, incredibly vocal and difficult to handle. We spent a lot of time working on introducing him to other dogs and managed to lower his frustration levels to the point that he plays appropriately. He has moments of affection, mainly when he wants something like a walk or his dinner, but that is all part of having a Malamute!” she laughs.
Amanda Berry designed this cute little knitted cat named Sushi. She was born at Battersea with an underdeveloped brain (cerebellar hypoplasia) and it was touch-and-go whether she was well enough for rehoming. Thankfully she pulled through and proud foster carer, Senior Canine Behaviourist Nathalie (who hand reared Sushi and her sibling), was there to give her to her new mum Sarah. Sarah is well known to the Home and also has two cats – one of whom has special needs – and a docile border collie.
Amanda Berry created this little guy after Peanut the Pug whose poor breathing caused by congenital defects was such a concern for staff at the London center that he had to undergo an operation to clear his airways. Peanut became a more energetic dog following surgery, and his eventual owner Shaun was so intrigued by Peanut that he hopped in a cab and had him in his sights within an hour. He was looking for a playmate for their existing Pug, Jessie and from the moment they met, they were inseparable. “He is a dream dog – no accidents, no upsets, nothing but a sweet affectionate and well-adjusted bundle of fun,” says Shaun, who renamed him George.
Ray, designed by Vikki Bird, is based on a blind cat from Battersea who was adopted when he was only 12 months old. He had been dumped outside a vets in London and brought into the Home. He has developed into a beautiful boy and he likes to spend his days either roaming the garden, or lazily sleeping in one of his favorite spots in the house. He is an absolute joy and is loved to bits by his new owner.