Barkitecture Houston

The reason the term “in the doghouse” became a metaphor for a bad situation is because most dogs’ houses are dirty plywood shacks behind the garage that are filled with dust, insects and bits of leftover dog food. That is, unless the phrase refers to one of the canine domiciles featured at Barkitecture Houston. In that case, the doghouse is a fabulously designed dwelling, perhaps even nicer than most human habitats (ours, at least).

This year the Houston Pavilions hosts the third annual showcase of doghouse designs from top architecture firms, design houses and artists meant to challenge the idea of a typical backyard pup pad. “Barkitecture Houston is unlike any other event,” says Julie Landry, co-founder of Pup Squad Animal Rescue, adding, “It’s not just about seeing and bidding on the architecturally amazing dog houses. There’s also live music, activities for the kids, the Art+Bark dog photography gallery, adoptions – and you are helping save homeless puppies.” The festivities also include a doggy model search, described to us as “America’s Next Top Model for dogs.” The fun kicks off on Friday with a Yappy Hour in the Pavillion’s Center Court.

On Saturday, there’s more fun with the displays, silent auction and pet adoptions. A full 100 percent of the proceeds from both days benefits Pup Squad, an organization dedicated to placing orphaned puppies, nursing litters and their moms in loving homes, and providing education and support to those that adopt them. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. 1201 Fannin. For information, call 832-320-1200 or visit Free to $10.
Fri., Oct. 14; Sat., Oct. 15, 2011

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Lauren Marmaduke
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