Dog Day Afternoons at Mermaid Quay

Celebrate the arrival of HusQuay the Merdog at Mermaid Quay this weekend with our Dog Day Afternoons, a weekend of canine activities on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September.

HusQuay the Merdog (also known as Swirly Whirly) is a 1.5m tall, hand-painted Snowdog statue inspired by the popular Raymond Briggs character and will form part of an art trail of 43 SnowDogs plus pack of pups being installed across the city of Cardiff. The trail, which will run from Saturday 16 September to Sunday 26 November, is in aid of the Ty Hafan children’s hospice in Sully.

Ever wondered what a dog’s nose knows? Find out on Saturday 16 September (12 noon until 4pm) with Malpeet K9 Academy. The academy invites you to learn all about the working dogs that they train, what they’re used for and why. The NASDU approved trainers specialise in operational dog teams and handler training. They will show off their clever pups’ skills in a real detection display.

Puppies Haki and Jabari, who are being trained to be wildlife conservation dogs in Africa, will accompany Malpeet K9 Academy. Sponsored by the public, these bouncing balls of fur are being trained to be highly skilled tracking and search dogs working with rangers to help protect endangered wildlife from poaching. Come meet these soon to be Superdogs on Saturday!

Want to volunteer to carry training aids for the sniffer dogs in training to detect? Just send your name, age and email address to before 12noon on Friday 15 September to pre-register.*

On Sunday 17 September (10am until 4pm), Friends of the Dogs (formerly Friends of Cardiff Dogs Home) will be keeping HusQuay the Merdog entertained with a very special fun dog show and will also be bringing some of the residents along to say hello.

Why not bring your canine pal to join the show. There will be a Best Sausage Catcher Competition plus Doggy Dress Up fancy dress competition, both run by Friends of the Dogs.

You and your pup are in with a chance of winning some dog-friendly prizes including some special treats from Mermaid Quay’s very own Fabulous Welshcakes!

There’ll be fun for all the family with a Doggy Treasure Hunt too. Go for walkies around Mermaid Quay to find clues and if you’re a real Sherlock Bones then you can win prizes! No dog required.

And, for the young artistic visitors there’ll be a chance to create your own colourful canine in our colouring in station right by HusQuay the Merdog.

Make sure you paws for a picture with HusQuay and tag him in your photos as he will be sharing his favourite puparazzi shots every week. You might even win a special prize.

Keep your ears pricked for more information about our Dog Day Afternoons by following HusQuay the Merdog on Facebook (@HusQuayMerdog), Instagram (@husquaythemerdog) and Twitter (@HusQuayMerdog).

*You must be over 18 to take part. You will need to bring photo idea (passport or driving licence) and proof of address (utility bill or similar).

About Snowdogs: Tails in Wales

Snowdogs: Tails in Wales is a mass participatory free public art trail, the largest of its kind ever to be held in the Welsh capital.

The event is in aid of Tŷ Hafan, the leading children’s hospice in Wales, and we are thrilled to be working with Wild in Art, one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events, to bring this wonderful event to Wales.

There is a special app for the trail, where you can track the pack. With the app you can: collect Snowdogs, unlock rewards (special offers), view your trail progress, add photos to the Snowdogs’ gallery and share on social media @SnowdogsWales. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play store to unlock these and more pawsome features! The app costs 99p to download, 69p of which goes directly to Ty Hafan.

Remember to follow on @snowdogswales on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and check out the website