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Barkitecture design competition takes stigma out of the doghouse

Consider a dog living its life chained to a dog house, and it becomes apparent where the idiom "in the dog house" gets its meaning. The Blue & White Society, the student contingent of the Penn State Alumni Association, is participating in "Barkitecture Un-Doghouse" - a contest sponsored by the Humane Society intended to draw attention to the lives of dogs who are continuously chained in backyards and whose only homes are doghouses.

The Barkitecture contest is an attempt to show alternate uses that can be found for a doghouse by creating "un-doghouses" - doghouses that can be used for a variety of other functions.

According to the Humane Society, dogs that are exclusively chained outside and living in dog houses, are far more likely to be victims of neglect and abuse, suffer from behavioral problems, lead to neighbor disputes, and are less likely to be adopted in animal shelters.

The Blue & White Society entered into the "donation" category of the contest, and designed an un-doghouse that will be used to collect pet supplies and donations in local businesses after the competition.

The un-doghouse looks like a traditional dog house, only this house isn't fit for a canine. In fact, it doesn't even have a real door, only a faux, painted one; the only "entrance" is through the shingled roof set. The walls are painted white, and the familiar Nittany Lion logo adorns the front and back, while the Blue & White Society logo is painted on the other two sides.

Winners of the contest will be chosen by a Blue Ribbon judging panel featuring notable animal welfare and architecture professionals, as well as by public voting, which began on April 1, 2010.

Winning designs will be announced at the Humane Society of Berks County's Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest on September 26, 2010.

For more information, please contact Heather Angstadt, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at 610-396-6052.
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