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I’ve heard recently that prices in local op shops (opportunity shops) and secondhand stores are on the rise with a trend towards ‘shabby chic’ and ‘vintage’ clothes.

Another trend is ‘re-purposing’ – taking a textile garment and making it into something else for an entirely different purpose.  For example, a friend ‘re-purposed’ a flannel onesie into a dog coat for Izzy.

Earlier this year, at summer camp (northern hemisphere summer), the kids of Southwest Airlines employees re-purposed a heap of old Southwest Airlines t-shirts.  They made them into dog toys for Texas-based animal shelter Operation Kindness!

Southwest Airlines t-shirt

The outdated t-shirts from Southwest Airlines became…

T-shirt dog toys

…700 dog toys!

(Photos courtesy of Operation Kindness Facebook page)

Operation Kindness logo








What a great summer camp project – the kids learned to recycle and supported a good cause, too.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Battersea puts out urgent call for help

The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in the UK has issued an urgent appeal for bedding and jumpers to keep its residents warm this winter.

One puppy grateful for her new jumper is Cilla, the three month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who was found abandoned in a box in a park . Photo courtesy of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The dogs are also being wrapped up in hand knitted sweaters (jumpers) crafted by supporters.

Claire Porteous, Operations Manager at Battersea explains  “Here at Battersea our staff and volunteers are doing everything we can to keep our dogs and cats warm as the temperatures drop. We’ll be using thick bedding, knitted blankets and coats to keep the dogs and cats snug, but we are always incredibly grateful for donations of bedding and dog coats at this time of year.”

The Home would be grateful for dog or fleece blankets, warm bedding or fleece dog coats.

Anyone wishing to donate can bring their items to one of Battersea’s three sites in London, Old Windsor or Brands Hatch, or post them to:

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
4 Battersea Park Road

Want to knit for the dogs but don’t know where to start?  Try the Big List of Free Dog Knitting Patterns.

  • The Battersea Dogs & Cats Home was established in 1860 and aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of its help.
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • In 2010 the Home cared for almost 7,000 dogs and 3,000 cats.
  • It costs over £14 million to run Battersea Dogs & Cats Home each year.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no government funding and relies entirely on the generosity and support of the public.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK.
  • Visit www.battersea.org.uk for more about the Home and its services.


Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand