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Mystery knitter reveals identity

Susan Thomas (right) is pictured with Lurcher Doris who is still waiting for her Special Someone, and Supporter Relations Officer, Rebecca McKeown (left) Credit: Dogs Trust

A mystery knitter who tied two hand crafted woollen figures to the gates of Dogs Trust Darlington has revealed her identity.

Staff at the Sadberge rehoming centre were left baffled when the two figures - which resemble the knitted stars of the charity’s Special Someone rehoming advert - appeared overnight earlier this month.

The charity issued an appeal for the mystery knitter to come forward so they could say thank you for the unexpected surprise, and that’s when Susan Thomas, who lives in Thornaby, got in touch. She said:

I adopted my beautiful English Springer Spaniel, Snoopy, from Dogs Trust Darlington in 2011 and the dog that appears at the end of the advert who is still waiting for his forever home, looks really similar to him. 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.

– Susan Thomas
It took Susan two weeks to make the knitted dolls which she then tied to the gates of the rehoming centre under cover of darkness Credit: Dogs Trust

Rebecca Mckeown, Supporter Relations Officer at the Darlington Rehoming Centre, said:

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!

– Rebecca Mckeown, Dogs Trust Darlington