CLEARWATER — Would your dog just drool over designer doghouses inspired by pirate ships, gypsy wagons or a Dr. Seuss book?
Find out Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the Clearwater Main Library presents Bark-A-Latte, a celebration of pets and their people, and the grand opening of Bernie's Cafe in the library atrium.
"It's a fun fall event and an opportunity for people to bring their pets into the library," said Jan Nickols, community services manager for the Clearwater Public Library System.
At 1 p.m., dog trainer Joyce Lewis will teach children how to care for their animals. The Pinellas Animal Foundation's pet professor, Jay Campbell, will demonstrate CPR for pets throughout the afternoon.
The nine doggie dream homes, or BOWser Abodes as they are called, were built and donated to the Pinellas Animal Foundation by local architects, builders, artists and designers, all vying to win the People's Choice Award — so make sure to vote for your favorite.
Some designers opted to use recycled materials in their design. One reused wood from a fence. Another transformed bowling balls into large black paws.
An environmentally friendly doghouse features an aluminum roof that catches rainwater, sends it through a filtration system and into a dog bowl. Solar panels provide lighting.
The exhibit has traveled to several malls, libraries and museums since April, and the Clearwater Main Library is the final stop. Visitors are encouraged to bid on any they would like to own.
The last day for bidding is Monday . The exhibit concludes its run Sept. 30.
Proceeds from the sale of doghouses benefit the Pinellas Animal Foundation, a nonprofit veterinary and community partnership established 25 years ago.
The foundation's goal is to enrich the lives of pets and people through educational and service projects.
With that in mind, organizers want to make their position clear: The doghouses are being promoted as decorative yard art, not an outside home for pets.
"We hope every animal is loved and kept inside as part of a family," said Joan Marzi, the foundation's executive director.
No pet at home?
The Humane Society of Pinellas will present a menagerie of adoptable pets at the event.
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