Patchwork Snowdog

This design is inspired from the stories written by the artist of this design, Jill Barklem. With the patchwork quilt featured on the Snowdog taken from Jill's story 'Poppy's Babies'! Jill tells us that her character's Lady Woodmouse & Poppy have stitched the quilt together in preparation for Naming Day and this particular design was used for Rose’s quilt. 

Furever home: Greeting visitors young and old to Mini Moos Farm Park, Durham

Created by:
Jill Barklem


Richardson Dees Park



Mini Moos Fun Park based in Durham specialise in rare breeds and rehomed animals so taking on a pack of Snowdogs was the pawfect addition to their farm! Malcom Dunn, Mini Moos owner was keen to rehome not just one, but four pooches including Frostbite, Patchwork, Hadrian’s Hound, Mutt me on the Corner.

Malcolm tells us more:

“I saw a few of the Snowdogs when they were out and about and both me and my daughter thought they were a fantastic idea. I was aware of St Oswald’s but since the trail I’m much more aware of what they do and the fact they are a very worthy cause. I was keen to get a couple of dogs for Mini Moos but got a bit carried away and ended up with four!


"I wasn’t able to attend the auction so bid over the telephone. Frostbite is my favourite out of them all as he’s so pretty but I bought them all for different reasons. I wanted a dog that was interesting with a bit of history so that’s why I went for Hadrian’s Hound and Mutt me on the Corner. I also thought that they would appeal more to my adult visitors. Patchwork is really bright and bold so the kids love him.”

All four of the dogs now live at Mini Moos, Patchwork welcomes everyone in at the entrance and the others live inside. Malcolm plans to move them around and integrate them with the other animals.

Malcolm continues:

“I decided to buy the dogs to support the Hospice but I also hope they will encourage people to visit Mini Moos. So far people have enjoyed seeing them. Quite a few families have commented that they did the trail so it’s nice to see the dogs again and others don’t know much about them so they are able to find out more about St Oswald’s. We are planning on holding a Snowdog day next year and get them involved with more activities and events.”

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A Wild in Art event delivered in partnership with St Oswald's Hospice Children’s Service. Proceeds from Great North Snowdogs will go towards supporting children with incurable conditions. 
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