The North East was recently invaded by dogs. Snow Dogs in fact. From 19th September until 29th of November these beautifully designed art sculptures will be posing in different places, from Newcastle city centre, to Tynemouth, Gateshead and beyond. There are 61 'big' dogs and 97 'puppies' who can be found in litters together and although I'd seen a couple in passing, I knew I wanted to dedicate a day to following the trail.
Many of you will know now that I struggle to take my stunning best friend and dog, Baker, many places due to his and my social anxiety, but for some reason I really wanted to see how he'd get on back in his home city. Sooo, we took the train down to Newcastle on the 10th of October and started dog spotting...!
As you can see we had a lovely sunny walk along the quayside, up Grey Street, past Monument and up Northumberland Street - taking snaps with all the pretty dogs along the way - before stopping for Baker's lunch time at Civic Centre. Hearing people compliment how well behaved Baker was made me so proud. He really is extremely intelligent and well behaved, he just gets scared. So when you hear him bark, please don't assume he's going to ravage your family...he's just telling you he is frightened and anxious of the situation after what he has been through in the past.
Anyway, he had his picnic dinner in the park and then we hopped on the metro to Cullercoats!
As we were living in Blyth when we first got Baker, Cullercoats was actually the beach we favored when training him. It's enclosed, clean and was usually pretty quiet. So we couldn't not let him have a play in the sand, where he played as a baby. Look how chuffed he was!
Just a short walk and we were at the next couple of Snow Dogs - these two were a couple that I loved most. All of them are SO well designed and painted and if you haven't seen any of them yet but do live nearby, you should check some out! Sadly, at this point we realized we weren't gonna get the chance to see the other 3 sculptures out in Tynemouth due to timing for our train, so back on the metro we went, with a pretty sleepy pup!
On the last leg of our journey we had to pay a visit to St James (we LOVED the Snow Dog there too!) and see the new Shearer statue..for some reason Baker was super excited about it haha, it was nice to get his photo with Sir Bobby's footprints too <3
On the way back to the station we saw the dog at the Cathedral and the 2nd one at the station before getting the train home again!
We had a brilliant day and as I said, Baker could not have been a bigger credit to me - I was insanely proud. It was a bit of a shame we didn't see more on the trail but we are going back to Newcastle shortly and are hoping to get few more photos (without Baker, boo :( ) which I'll post at a later date because this post is hella long haha.
If you'd like to learn more about the Great North Snow Dogs make sure to visit the website here. Not only are they pretty but they are helping to raise money for St Oswald's Children’s Hospice <3