These fancy abodes have gone to the dogs

 

Are dog houses a thing of the past? For most of us, our furry family members spend their days in our house, not in a structure sitting in our back yards.

But for those whose dogs do spend a good deal of time outdoors, secured in their fenced-in yard, a dog house is great protection from the elements. It’s a place to cool off on a hot summer day, or seek shelter on a cold rainy (or snowy) one.

And more and more, dog houses are becoming sophisticated domiciles for our best friends. That was evident at the recent Home & Garden Show at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The annual event included Bark Prize, a contest voted on by the public to select the best themed dog house.

West Michigan companies submitted entries that were on display at the show. The event, in its second year, raised $4,000 for the BISSELL Pet Foundation as people bid to purchase the houses.

More than 7,300 people cast a vote for their favorite, with “Ye Old Paw Mill,” a replica of an old style saw mill built by Out On A Limb Playhouses, taking Best In Show.

Here’s a look at each of the five entrants for Bark Prize, now an annual event at the Home & Garden Show. The photos are courtesy of Grumpy Pups Pet Photography, on hand for the event.

For the second year in a row, Out On A Limb Playhouses won Best In Show. This year's entry was Ye Old Paw-Mill, themed after an old-fashioned saw mill, complete with a working water wheel.

For the second year in a row, Out On A Limb Playhouses won Best In Show. This year’s entry was Ye Old Paw-Mill, themed after an old-fashioned saw mill, complete with a working water wheel.

Gratitude, from Montell Construction.

Gratitude, from Montell Construction.

Canine Cabin, from Pioneer Construction.

Canine Cabin, from Pioneer Construction.

The Mutt Hutt, from J. Visser Design/Scott Christopher Homes.

The Mutt Hutt, from J. Visser Design/Scott Christopher Homes.

New Hounding Brew House, from New Holland Brewing Co.

New Hounding Brew House, from New Holland Brewing Co.

 

 

 

 

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