A DOG lover who is nearly 90-years-old has knitted 450 blankets and coats for the Dogs Trust in Basildon.


Maisie Green, 89, hand knits blankets and dog coats for the rehoming centre on Nevendon Road because she love dogs so much.

Ms Green donates her knitted creations to the centre three times a year, and gets her family to help her to take them there. Over the years she has knitted an estimated 450 items for the dogs at the centre to enjoy. It takes her three days to knit a blanket and one day to knit a doggy coat.

“It keeps me busy and often I like to knit whilst watching television. I’m delighted to be helping the four-legged residents at the centre in some way.”

She is one of a number of volunteers helping to support the charity.

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Colorado’s first statewide law enforcement agency, the Colorado Mounted Rangers, is also leading the way by using a pit bull as its first-ever K-9 unit, especially was recently inducted as the first-ever pit bull K-9 police dog in the state of Colorado.

The Mounted Rangers realize that not everyone has a favorable view of pit bulls, as many see the breed as aggressive or dangerous.  Dawn Havens, an 11-year law enforcement veteran and volunteer for the Colorado Mounted Rangers, is Kara’s handler. Havens hopes Kara’s service will help counter stereotypes about pit bulls.

“She is actually the first pit bull in Colorado to be a working K-9 officer,” Dawn Havens, an 11-year law enforcement veteran and volunteer for the Colorado Mounted Rangers who serves as Kara’s handler. “They’re known to be extremely loyal animals, and extremely protective of people. She’s not at all mean. She’s not aggressive towards anybody. I’ve never seen any aggression towards anybody.”

In addition to detecting and tracking narcotics in buildings and vehicles, Kara has been trained to find lost people. What’s perhaps more amazing than Kara’s groundbreaking new job is how she had previously been living in a shelter in Canyon Lake, Texas. She was rescued by Universal K-9, a Texas-based dog rescue and training group.

Brad Croft, operations director for the group, trained Kara and explained why her breed is actually cut out for police work.

“Those dogs are the high, high drive dogs like Kara,” Croft told. “And, you know, they get looked over in adoption events because people see all that energy and are like ‘Whoa, that’s too much for me.’ But these dogs work really well for our program because we take that energy and focus it and use it for positive things.”

We’re so glad that pit bulls like Kara are getting shot at life and helping police at the same time! Check out the video below to see the talented and adorable Kara in action