If you think Laguna has some architectural gems, wait until you see the gems created by some of Laguna's top architects and their contractors who competed for "Best of Show" in the inaugural Project Pet House fundraiser.
The team of Morris Skenderian and Don McKeehan were the top dogs, according to a panel of judges that included Mayor Toni Iseman, City Manager John Pietig, Laguna Art Museum Director Bolton Colburn and Laguna Board of Realtors President Nancy Pooley.
But the real judges will be the bidders on the houses. Six dog houses and one "Cattage" are up for auction. The proceeds will be added to the pot raised at the 15th annual Chili Cook-off and Pet Parade, presented by the Laguna Board of Realtors & Affiliates on Sept. 11.
The houses were unveiled — literally — last week at Tivoli Too.
The competition was keen.
"There will be an appeal if there are any violations of setbacks (distance required from property lines) or height limits," Skenderian warned before the judging.