The first of a quartet of Little Snowdogs is making itself at home after arriving at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.


The miniature sculpture is part of the Great North Snowdogs Trail, which officially starts on Monday, September 19th, and features more than 60 full size Snowdog statues dotted around the North East.


The North Tyneside aquarium will be home to a pack of four of the Little Snowdogs – each of which has its own unique artwork designed by youngsters.


‘Snowdog hits the Beach!’ was created by pupils at Monkhouse Primary School.


Inspired by the school’s proximity to the beautiful beaches on North Tyneside, the theme was initially suggested by Ollie from the school’s Reception Class.


“The Little Snowdog is dressed for a day on the beach and covered with sand, he’s even wearing a pair of fins!” said Blue Reef’s Rosie Wiggin.


“Although he is only small he’s wasted no time in exploring his new home and offering some surfing advice to our resident seals,” she added.


‘Snowdog Hits the Beach’ will be joined by three other Little Snowdogs over the coming days along with the aquarium’s full size Snowdog ‘Dogfish’ which will be on display outside the entrance.


“All our Little Snowdogs will be on view beside our reception area inside the aquarium and people can come in and see them on display for free,” added Rosie.


“Each one has its own very special story and design and all of them are the inspiration of local primary schoolchildren,” she added.


There are 97 little Snowdogs in total, all grouped into packs. They’re all designed to be in places which are easily accessible by public transport. To plan your trip, use the journey planner available at


Visit to download a full trail map with locations for all 97 little and 60 big dogs, and see all the sponsors, schools and artists involved!


Great North Snowdogs is presented in partnership with St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice and Wild in Art. Funds raised from the project will support the work of St Oswald’s, who care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.


Issued by Blue Reef Aquarium. For more information please contact Rosie Wiggin on 0191 258 1031.



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