Now that the dust has settled and our beloved snowdogs have vacated their stands around the northeast we are going to look back at a memorable 10 weeks and what it has done for the area.
Here at PetnPony, we have had an amazing experience, interacting with you all and seeing the lovely selfies of smiley faces down the seafront. The amount of you visiting our very own Sparky Snowdog has been fantastic. But this is not the main reason for the Snowdog's trail as much as is a great by-product of the event. As most of you are aware the Snowdog trail was organised by St Oswald's Hospice in order to raise funds for their Hospice in Newcastle.
The Great work done by St Oswald's is inspiring to see with their dedicated staff providing care and support for those who have incurable conditions as well as supporting the patient’s families through stressful times. It's this dedication and compassion that inspired us to get involved with the Great North Snowdog Trail and to help raise as much awareness and money for this Charity.
Being a Pet Store we figured it would be a great idea to host a Sponsored Dog Walk taking in some of the Great North Snowdog's (seven to be precise and a few smaller ones) along the way. The response we got was "Pawsome" (sorry I had too). The number of people who got involved really made it a magical day and we also made the Sunderland Echo. It was an epic walk with a vast array of dogs on show. The total raised is still to be announced as we haven't quite got all of the sponsorship money in but we are hoping for a nice amount.
Now that the snowdogs have left their stands you might be thinking what happens next. Well, St Oswald's are hosting a Great North Snowdog's Farewell Christmas Market at Gateshead International Stadium on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December which is the final farewell before the snowdogs are auctioned off at the Sage Gateshead the week after (more info Here). You are able to purchase tickets for the Christmas Market here
From all of us at PetnPony we would just like to say a Huge Thank you to everyone who took part in the Great North Snowdogs and the Charity Dog walk. Your efforts will make a huge difference to the ongoing efforts by St Oswald's Hospice and their vision to improve quality of life for everyone in the North East living with an incurable condition, and their families.