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PAWS Pet House Challenge contestants

By Tori Shaw
Published On: Feb 27 2013 01:56:54 PM CST
MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY -

Two teams from West Carteret High School are building designer dog houses for competition.  The canine abodes are all created in the classroom.

"It started out with a sheet of paper and their groups.  That's it.  There very little input from me," said Danial Varner, construction technology teacher.

Their teacher is there for safety, but the crews take on all design and construction challenges themselves.

"First off, we had to brainstorm.  That kind of took a long time because it was difficult to agree on one thing.  We finally landed on the design with deck boards.  That sold it," said Thomas Stebmer, one of the team leaders.

The dock leads up to a little gazebo for Fido on silts in case of high water.  On the other end of the shop, it's the home for the nautical dog.

"The dog can go out on the deck of the boat.  There's a little bit of sun space.  We cutout some windows and a door so the dog can go inside and get some shade in the summer," said Karl Belote, another team leader.

West Carteret High School along with other schools in the county and private organizations compete for best dog house. After the competition, the houses are sold in a silent auction.  All money goes toward Pet Adoption and Welfare Society of Carteret County.

"No matter what happens.  If we get first place or last place, we put a lot of hard work into it.  I'm proud of it," said Belote.

The construction technology class doesn't consider its projects average.

"We don't build dog house. We build yard art. It's functional yard art," said Varner.

May the prize go to the top dog house.