Snuggles for one and all!

July 2nd, 2007

A while ago, I stumbled upon the Snuggles Project, a program of Hugs for Homeless Animals. The Snuggles Project was founded by Rae French in 1996 because of her heartfelt need to do something for the innocent victims who find themselves in animal shelters without a bit of comfort to call their own. Picturing them in their hard cold cells made her heart ache to do something to help. So she got the idea of security blankets for shelter animals. The security blankets are called “Snuggles.”

An idea began to take shape. I have a big stash. I could make lots and lots of “snuggles” for the Snuggles Project. This is what I have so far:

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Two done and one in the works. The bright orange and pink one is from my little sister. I had three blankets complete, but one went to my other sister’s new puppy to give her comfort and help her adjust to her new home.

After the first “dishcloth” blanket, I got bored, so I decided to design some blankets in memory of a few much loved and missed pets.

The first – Oliver’s Blanket, in memory of my crazy, wild and lovable cat, Oliver.

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The second is Snoop’s Snuggle, in memory of my sister’s dog Lehigh, aka Snoop, the sweetest of all sweet dogs in this world. (In this photo, Sally is seen modeling the blanket. Sally is the blind puppy my sister adopted from Help Orphan Puppies.)

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I was going to put these patterns on my free patterns page, but I’ve decided to offer them for sale, with proceeds going to Help Orphan Puppies, a rescue organization dedicated entirely to puppies. They accept all puppies into their program, regardless of abuse, injuries or medical needs, or breed.These snuggles also make great receiving blankets for newborns! Knit in worsted weight yarn on larger needles, they knit up quickly and easily. A great stash busting project!

Oliver’s Blanket
$4.50

Snoop’s Snuggle
$4.50

The Snuggles Project is a very good project for kids and people learning how to crochet, knit or quilt because the Snuggles don’t have to be perfect. The animals love them any way they can get them. All that is required is that they be made with love. Check with your local shelter to see if they participate in the Snuggles Project. Most shelters also accept donations or towels in the name of the Snuggles Project.

Go hug your pets! And dive into that stash for some Snuggles!


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