Hospice: 0191 2850063   
Fundraising: 0191 2469123   
Retail: 0191 2468123

Fur-ever homes exhibition receives a su-paw reaction

St Oswald’s celebrated the success of our Great North Snowdogs trail with a special exhibition evening held inside the Hospice on Thursday 15th June.

Great North Snowdog artists, buyers and sponsors were invited to a special preview of an exhibition of photographic prints showing the Snowdogs in their ‘Furever Homes.’

Our photographer, Lee Gibbins, visited the Snowdogs in their new homes and we interviewed their owners to learn more about why they chose to buy their very own Snowdogs as well as how our pooches will be enjoying their retirement now the trail has ended.

At this special preview, guests were given a tour of the Hospice so they could see how the Snowdogs campaign has directly benefitted our services, and we were able to unveil all 53 of Lee’s photographs with their accompanying stories.


Vicki Burns from SCS, said:

We initially got involved with Snowdogs because wanted to involve ourselves in a strong local campaign with links and ties to the community. As SCS is a North East business that began as a family company, family and community are two important themes to us. Great North Snowdogs seemed to embody that and we were thrilled we could help to raise the profile a fantastic local charity like St Oswald’s which does such important work. As we had sponsored Dog on the Tyne during the trail, it seemed fitting to put in a bid for him during the auction and we were thrilled to successfully win him back! He is now in pride of place at our Sunderland Headquarters and he is a real talking point with all of our customers!

Alice Maguire, 6 from Gateshead, was thrilled to be invited to the evening and shared her favourite memories of the trail. She said:

I loved everything about it! My Dad painted one of the dogs (David Maguire – Tails of the North East) and he painted my name in the design. I loved seeing the picture as I missed Tails when he moved out of our house and went on the trail. I hope his new family are taking care of him. His new home looks beautiful!

Jane Hogan, Great North Snowdogs Project Lead, said:

Our exhibition was a fantastic and relaxed evening giving those who played an important in our campaign the chance to revisit our paw-some pooches one final time and to discover where they’ve been fur-ever homed. It was great to see all of our sup-paw-ters back in one place sharing their stories and memories of our trail. The campaign has exceeded all of our expectations and had a fantastic economic impact on our region and the fact that a year later we’re still hosting Snowdog events just goes to show how much the North East has taken Snowdogs to its heart! We’re su-paw excited for our next trail planned for Autumn 2019.

Snowdog super fans need not worry as our exhibition will tour the region this summer, giving you all a chance to relive the trail and find out how your favourite pooch is doing in his or her new home. We will be releasing details of the touring exhibition soon, but if you simply can’t wait, check out our website to read our Snowdogs stories here.

And for the ultimate trail souvenir, you can even buy frames and mounted prints of the Snowdogs in their fur-ever homes from our website from our online shop now.

Due to its resounding success and positive feedback, St Oswald’s have annpunced a follow up trail in Autumn 2019. The theme of the sculpture has yet to be decided, but we hope it will be something which the people of the region and beyond will fall in love with all over again.