If you're in the market for designer doggie digs or just want to admire the works of some local creative minds, then the BOWser Abode doghouse display will make for a fun family outing.
The building competition, which offers a unique twist on architectural design, will make its debut Saturday at Tyrone Square Mall, the first of six locations.
BOWser Abode includes nine artistically designed doghouses. Visitors can bid on their favorite custom canine castle and then monitor the bidding online as the houses travel around the county.
The People's Choice Award, Best of Show, and second and third place awards will be given at the Bark-i-tecture Bash in November, when the final bidding for the houses will take place.
Throughout the day pet professor Jay Campbell will demonstrate pet CPR, area rescue groups will showcase their services and pictures of available pets, and a face painter and balloon artist will help celebrate the importance of animals in our lives.
The BOWser Abode event is produced by and benefits the Pinellas Animal Foundation's humane education Safe House Service Program, which works with children at risk of antisocial behavior because of trauma in their lives.
The foundation is a nonprofit veterinary and community partnership established in 1983 that strives to improve animal care, owner responsibility and awareness of the value of the human-animal bond.
Updated information on the doghouse auction bidding, additional exhibit locations and the Bark-itecture Bash finale will be posted at pinellasanimalfoundation.org as it becomes available.