Monday, 24 October 2016

Baker and the Snow Dogs


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...!


From the moment we got onto the train, Baker was an absolute star!! We usually sit in the passageway despite having seats booked as 1. Baker is scared of strangers and 2. not everyone likes dogs and get annoyed if you have them in the carriage. As the train pulled in I scouted out the quietest coach and as we went to settle in the vestibule, we noticed the priority seat was complete deserted and not reserved until York. It was the best train journey ever with Baker! We got to sit down and be comfortable, with no stress or anyone else around. Then we got to town and saw the first Snow Dog of the day straight away. We excitedly got his photo quickly (with it being in a busy place) and it was nice to see people and the police smiling at my brilliant boy.
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


28 comments:

  1. Oh bless him, it looks like you all had a lovely day! I think a trip to Newcastle may be in order so I can see the snow dogs for myself1

    jess
    alrightblondie.com

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    1. Isn't he a babe?! Yes, do it soon! There are some really great ones indoors too like Eldon Square etc

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  2. I really love the Snowdogs - I'd happily take a week off work and tour the whole of the North East finding them all. You had a beautiful day for it!

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    1. Aren't they awesome?! So good for getting people out and walking too. Me as well! We really enjoyed it. We did indeed...was sweating in that big coat haha

      xo

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  3. It looks like you all had a lovely time. Isn't Baker so photogenic!

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    1. We really did! He is my little model, loves his photo taken!

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  4. Aww I'm so proud of Baker! He looks so happy and like he really enjoyed himself on his day out. And such a willing model! I wish my cat were as willing...haha! I have wanted a dog for so long, but now we have a cat and my partner says we can't afford two animals, and he's not a dog lover, blah blah blah. So I have to live vicariously through you and the wonderful Baker! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thank you Aimee, that's so kind. He did, we all did. It was much more relaxing and less stress for me thankfully. He adores his photo taken. If there's a camera out he'll sit until you take his photo haha.
      I agree on the price side, otherwise we'd have another dog but with insurance and food etc we can't afford it right now. But not being a dog lover?! Pft I think you need to rethink how much you really love him ;) haha Just kidding.

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  5. So awesome!! Sounds like such a fun day :)

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  6. I'm just catching up on blog posts from the last week or so and this is my favourite of the lot! Baker looks like he's having such a great time on the beach!

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    1. Thank you! Aw Kerri, he literally had thee best day!

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  7. Awww, Baker is so adorable in these photos Danielle! So glad to hear the train journey went well and that you had a fun day out. I love that strawberry dog and the one with the underwater theme - too cute! Lovely photos. - Tasha

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    1. Thank you :) There's a big furry one I wish I could have gotten his photo with but it's in the Eldon Square and no dogs allowed :(

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  8. I absolutely loved this post! He's such a handsome hound and he's got a cracking wee smile in a few of those pictures. He really looks like he's enjoying himself and I'm so glad y'all had a great day together.
    We've got a rescue pupper and because of his past we have to be super careful in certain situations, although he is getting so much better so who knows, maybe one day we can have an adventure day like this!

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    1. Thank you!! Haha right?! He was proper smiling for some of them. He was so good and really had such fun, he was excited each time we said 'here's another Snow Doggy!' haha
      Yes! We're the same. It's other people and dogs that bother him, so as long as people leave us alone and dogs don't run over or come near when he's on his lead it's manageable.

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  9. Aww, he is so cute with the dogs. It's fab you've decided to go, despite your social anxiety. xx

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    1. He loved them and was all excited each time we saw another one haha! Thanks. I don't even leave my house much but luckily we were mainly in places away from people.

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  10. Those Snow Dogs are so cool! I would love to see them, I wish they would be around for longer. And of course the pictures are stunning as usual :)

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    1. Aren't they?! I think they have some somewhere down South too by the looks of tweets I've seen on Twitter. It would be cool if they were around longer and I wish I knew about them sooner.
      Thank you so much!

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  11. I love this post Danielle and I am so impressed with how good Baker is and hw he is the perfect poser with all the snow dogs.He looks like he enjoyed his day.:)

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    1. Thank you so much. He blew me away with how amazing he was. He really, really did :D

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  12. Your dog is the cutest, I can't believe how he sits there so nicely, and I love the barking/yawning one. You always take really nice photos. :) HAYLEY || A Teal Soul

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    1. Thank you! He's a babe eh? Haha Yeah he was excited and barking to us. Oh that's so sweet, thank you.

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  13. I can't believe how beautiful your boy is. You should be very proud :) As long as I have a toy in my hand my Molly will do the same. She gets scared of certain people and can growl but in general she never makes a noise. I love this post :) xx

    Rach | http://doublejointedgirlandherdog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much! I really am, he was amazing. I didn't really have anything but if you have a camera, he'll sit and wait until you take his photo haha. Bless her, I hope people understand. We encounter some pretty rude people who don't get that he's just nervous.
      Thank you!! <3

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  14. They are just fantastic! I love street art trails!

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    1. Aren't they beautiful?! Wish we'd been able to see a lot more!

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