Secret knitter Susan (right) with Lurcher Doris and Supporter Relations Officer Rebecca McKeown (left)

Two weeks ago staff at Dogs Trust’s Darlington centre were surprised to find two knitted ‘special someones’ tied to the gate outside (see previous article). A local dog lover had responded to the charity’s ‘Special Someone’ TV advert and left the presents under the cover of darkness.


But the woolly mystery has now been uncovered after dog lover Susan Thomas (pictured above right), from Thornaby, got in touch. Susan was already a supporter of the charity after adopting her English Springer Spaniel, Snoopy, from the centre in 2011.

Susan says, “The dog that appears at the end of the advert who is still waiting for his forever home, looks really similar to him [Snoopy]. I couldn’t believe it; it really made me cry!

“The staff do such an incredible job, I just wanted to do something to make them smile and to highlight how wonderful rescue dogs are. Snoopy is a big softie and a great example of how amazing they are.”

Rebecca Mckeown, Supporter Relations Officer at the Darlington Rehoming Centre (pictured above left), says, “We were absolutely delighted when Susan contacted us to say she was the secret knitter. We invited her back to the centre so we could say thank you and it was lovely hearing all about Snoopy too! She is definitely Snoopy’s Special Someone and it was great to introduce her to some of our dogs that are still waiting for their very own Special Someone to walk through the centre’s gates.”

During her visit, Susan met seven-year-old Lurcher, Doris (pictured above), who is still waiting for her special someone and became the recipient of the woolly gifts.

Susan says: “It was heart breaking to hear Doris’ story. She is a lovely, friendly girl who deserves a wonderful home, as they all do. My Snoopy is ten now and had been passed from pillar to post before arriving at Dogs Trust and then coming home with us. He is my world and immediately turned our house into a home.”

Susan's dog Snoopy who she adopted from the centre in 2011
Susan’s dog Snoopy who she adopted from the centre in 2011


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