Charity dog bandanas to cheer on Sunderland at Wembley

Michelle Garbutt with Fluke and Kelly, right, modelling the dog bandanas she has made.
Michelle Garbutt with Fluke and Kelly, right, modelling the dog bandanas she has made.
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BARKING-mad football fans are making sure their pampered pooches are ready for the final.

Michelle Garbutt, who runs Kelly’s Doggy Bandanas to raise cash for County Durham pet charity, Stray Aid, said she was amazed by the response to her SAFC doggy neckwear.

Michelle crafted a red one with a Black Cats crest on as a thank you for a Sunderland fan who helped the charity, and as soon as it appeared on her website, she got lots of orders from people wanting to buy one before the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

And the club gave Michelle permission to use the crest ahead of the match.

Michelle, who rescued both her border collie dogs, Kelly, two, and six-year-old Zeus, from Stray Aid, which has rehoming kennels in Coxhoe and a charity shop in Easington, said: “I am actually a Newcastle fan, but I’m happy to put that aside to make the Sunderland bandanas and raise money for the homeless dogs.

“I just thought I might sell one or two, but we have sold loads of them.”

The dog-lover, who trains her pets at The Dog House in Cold Hesledon, now has help from her friend Maddy Eddlestone, who has three dogs, cocker spaniel, Tia, springer spaniel, Belle and setter, Ivy, to make the bandanas.

Michelle, from Hartlepool, explained: “When I got Kelly, I wanted to buy a nice, pink bandana for her for Christmas and ordered one off the internet. I was really disappointed when it came and thought I could do better than that.”

Spurred on by friends, Michelle started making the bandanas as a way of raising money for Stray Aid.

She said: “I just set up thinking I would sell a few here and there, but it has blown up out of all proportion and we now have 47 different designs, for dogs of all sizes and sell them at dog shows.”

Michelle said people can also have their bandanas custom made and they have also branched out into doggy snoods, to keep the ears of breeds such as spaniels out of their bowls, training treat bags, crate covers and toy dogs.

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