Snow Dogs Wales – Tŷ Hafan trail

What is Ty Hafan?
Tŷ Hafan is one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities and offers care to children and support for their families, throughout Wales.

Their website states:
“If you think this means we simply provide a place where children can come to die, you couldn’t be further from the truth. We offer comfort, care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families in the hospice, in the community and in their home so they can make the most of the time they have left together. We allow parents and carers to relax and recharge their batteries. And we make sure the needs of brothers and sisters are never forgotten.”

Throughout the year, there are hundreds of fantastic fundraising events you can get involved in to support the life-changing work Tŷ Hafan do for the people of wales. Rainbow runs being the most common but this year they’ve also tried something different!

*Drum roll please*
Snow Dogs!

Starting on the 16th of September 2017 an art sculpture trail has magically appeared in Cardiff and its surrounding areas. This trail is there to help raise money for the children’s hospice and is set to get tails wagging across south Wales!

Here is what the website has to say about the event…
Snowdogs: Tails in Wales will be the biggest ever mass-participation public art trail in Wales, highlighting the iconic landmarks and stunning open spaces and boosting the local economy in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The event has been organised by children’s hospice charity Tŷ Hafan, public art producers Wild in Art and Penguin Random House. The theme was inspired by The Snowman™ and the Snowdog, the animated sequel to Raymond Briggs’ iconic book and film The Snowman™. Before going out on their walkies, each Snowdog was named and decorated with its own unique design. The designs came from both amateur and well-known artists including Julian McDonald OBE and Steven Brown.”

In short, the idea is to get yourselves and your children out and about exploring Cardiff City Centre, Cardiff Bay, Barry Island and Penarth helping the charity to find mischievous snowdogs that have been let off their leads and are scampering around on their own!

There are 43 dogs and 57 pups to find, each with a different design (the pups being designed by local schools and children’s organisations while the dogs have been sponsored by businesses around the city)

How can we get involved?
Members of the public can follow the trail for ten weeks between 16 September and 26 November 2017 by downloading the ‘Snowdogs: Tails in Wales’ app found at both the App Store and Google Play.

or for those less internet savvy can join in by following the snowdogs map which will be available from Tŷ Hafan shops, ‘Visit Cardiff’ outlets and is also downloadable from the Snowdogs: Tails in Wales website.

Once the interactive trail has ended it’s time in the countries capital, the 1.5m tall sculptures will be on display at the Capitol centre between 8 and 10 December for a farewell weekend before being un-leashed for bidding at auction on 12 December to raise money for the hospice. Because just like in real life, a dog is for life not just for Christmas

Meet the Pack
The dogs themselves are pretty easy to spot even without a map, while myself and Marc were walking around the city centre we bumped into 10 different sculptures (dog and puppy alike) and everyone around the city seemed to love them! Children we stopping to pet and have photos with the dogs and adults even stopped to read the tags they come with!

The trail is a great idea to raise awareness and money in a fun, family involved way and I can’t wait to go out and find them all!

For more information on Ty Hafan please visit their website on:

and for more information on the snowdogs, where to find them and to download the map visit the official website on:

How to Donate?
You can also donate money directly to Ty Hafan by texting woof to 70660 in order to donate £3 (texts cost £3 plus any network charges, but Ty hafan receives the full £3 given)

Every single year Ty hafan has to raise an eye watering £4million to provide its brilliant, free services but every little helps!


Here are a few of the dogs I bumped into while out shopping this Saturday in the city centre!

Artist: Rhiannon Roberts
Sponsor: Glee Club
Location: Hayes Snack Bar
Artist: Vikki Cornish
Sponsor: Acorns Nurseries
Location: Cardiff Library
Snow Business
Artist: Nat Clements
Sponsor: Made in Cardiff
Location: Hayes (St Johns Church)
Lunar Rover
Artist: Mik Richardson
Sponsor: ACT Reprographics
Location: Queen St/Duke St

And several unknown pups


Hope you enjoy the trail just as much as I did





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