The Great North Snowdogs‘ trail begins on Monday (19th September) and we can finally reveal all you need to know about our amazing Snowdog.

First and foremost, we are delighted to announce that Dog on the Tyne (DonTy), our Snowdog will be located at the Angel of the North in Gateshead. The Angel, which was designed by Sir Anthony Gormley and completed in 1998, has become Gateshead’s most prominent tourist attraction and is a haven for dog walkers, so make sure you bring your pooch along to meet our top dog.

With the location playing a key part in DonTy’s design, he proudly wears the Angel of the North around his neck as a scarf to keep him warm during cold nights throughout the trail.

Dog on the Tyne also incorporates a number of the most iconic landmarks around the North East, such as Greys’ Monument, the Tyne Bridge and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, many of which you will see if you take part in the Snowdogs tour this autumn.

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The Great North Snowdog’s official launch event will take place on the 19th September and the event is open to the public. Many of the sponsors, including ScS, will be doing something special at their Snowdog’s locaton, so make sure you come and see Dog on the Tyne, and bring your family along, as there will be plenty of treats for the kids to enjoy.

To celebrate sponsoring Dog on the Tyne, we will be giving out medals in stores at Team Valley Retail Park and Gateshead Metro Centre to children who have been to see the dog.

Qualifying for a medal is easy. All you have to do is download the Great North Snowdogs’ app on iPhone or Android, and check in when you visit DonTy. Once you’ve checked in, call into any of the ScS stores listed above, show a member of staff that you’ve checked in and your little one will be able to collect a shiny, gold medal!

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Along with this, we’ll be running a competition through social media, so if you’re not already following DonTy on Twitter (@DogOnTheTyne) and Instagram (dogonthetyne), do it now!

The Great North Snowdogs trail will run from the 19th September to the 29th of November. That gives you ten weeks to visit all 60 Snowdogs, or you could do the 98 mile round trip in one very busy afternoon.

You can see the full list of businesses that have sponsored a dog here, along with the location of their Snowdog.