*in association with The Red Dragon Centre
Oscar the Snowdog has arrived at The Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay!
He’s one of 43 Snowdogs to have taken up residence in Cardiff for the next 10 weeks as part of Snowdogs: Tails in Wales which is raising money for Ty Hafan children’s hospice in Wales.
You can read about how we got on spotting Snowdogs in Cardiff city centre yesterday and in Cardiff Bay today. The 1.5m tall dogs are here until 26th November and are certainly making a stir. Follow the hashtag #SnowdogsWales on social media to see what they have been up to.
As a blogger ambassador for The Red Dragon Centre we were excited to be invited along to meet Oscar today at a special welcome event, which saw Oscar living up to his glamorous name and hanging out with Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn (lookalikes, of course!).
He was photographed by professional snappers while Made in Cardiff came to film him (and me!) for a programme about the Snowdogs trail to be aired next week. No wonder he has a red carpet beneath him and his own Hollywood-style star.
Oscar also got to pose for a selfie with me! If you take your own, then tag it #oscarselfies , share on social media and you could win prizes.
If you’re following the Snowdogs trail then definitely download the app. Not only is it a great way to record the dogs you’ve seen and find out more about the artists but certain dogs also unlock rewards. Enter Oscar’s special code and you’ll find a discount voucher for certain Red Dragon outlets. There’s 20% off food at Bella Italia (not including Saturdays); 20% off your total bill at Grill & Shake (excluding October half term); and 20% off your total bill at Cadwaladers (excluding October half term).
To celebrate the arrival of Oscar, Bella Italia kindly invited us for lunch.
My three kids love the children’s menu here and were excited to order cheesy garlic bread (Little Miss E, 7) and bread sticks and vegetables (Little Man O, 6, and Littlest Boy I, 3). Both boys opted for Easy Peasy Macaroni Cheesy with peas and ham while Miss E chose cheese and tomato pizza. The children’s meal comes in two sizes (Piccolo for ages 2-6, costing £5.95; and Grande for ages 7-11 and priced at £7.95). The meal includes refillable squash in cute milk bottles with straws, plus ice cream and various sprinkles for dessert, or you can order juice, mocktails or milk. While we were waiting for our food, the children were giving activity sheets and colouring pencils to keep them occupied – always handy when you have children!
Cardiff Daddy ordered a 10oz sirloin steak and chips, £19.49, while I had the healthy option of an Insalata Verde, £8.99. This was a green and vibrant combination of avocado green beans peas cucumber spring onion and mixed leaves and totally yummy.
I then undid my good work by sharing a huge Godfather Sundae (£8.50) with Cardiff Daddy. Whoops! Designed to be shared it’s a decadent indulgence of nutty fudge brownies, vanilla and chocolate gelato, chocolate sauce, fresh cream, popping candy, dark chocolate tagliatelle and wafer curls.
Still, at least it gave me the energy to walk around the Bay in pursuit of more Snowdogs. We’ve spotted 20 Snowdogs now and seven pups. 10 weeks to find the rest!
You can support Ty Hafan’s Snowdogs: Tails in Wales trail by downloading the app donating via the app or texting WOOF to 70660.