Chilly Dog has been given a very warm welcome by his new owners, Mowden Hall School, based in Stocksfield. The school is a preparatory school for children aged three to thirteen and Chilly Dog was kindly purchased for, and donated to the school by two of the parents.
Headmaster, Neal Bailey explains how they’ve all made sure Chilly Dog wasn’t left in the cold:
"When the Great North Snowdog trail was taking place a lot of our families spent time at the weekends searching for the dogs. We also go out and about on educational trips into Newcastle so the children got to see some of the dogs then. At this point in time never did we think we would end up having our very own Mowden Hall dog, so when one of the parents told us that he was going to the auction, and if he was successful he would donate the dog to us, we were absolutely thrilled.
It was a very exciting day for the school the day that Chilly Dog arrived. We hadn’t told any of the pupils so when we announced at assembly that we had a special visitor coming to stay they were all excited. At break time all the children rushed out to see him and they weren’t disappointed by our newest canine companion. It was a complete surprise to them all so they loved welcoming him and getting photographs with him."
Chilly Dog is currently living in the main arched entrance to the school so anyone who comes onsite is greeted by him. However, Neal explains that he will soon be taken for ‘walkies’:
"We’ve decided that each school holiday we will move Chilly Dog to a different part of the school. That way, when the children return after their break it will be a fun challenge to find him again. The school uniform is a very similar green to Chilly Dog’s jumper so he was the perfect pooch for us, he definitely is a Mowden dog and fits in so well!"
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