AHS volunteer Noah Carlson designed and created this award-winning entry for the first annual Grove Bark Inn gingerbread doghouse contest.
Here's the message from the Asheville Humane Society via its email newsletter (photos courtesy of the Humane Society):
Asheville Humane Society's entry into the first annual Grove Park Inn gingerbread doghouse contest won first prize for "Most Edible" doghouse. Volunteer Noah Carlson spent hours designing and building the award-winning entry for the contest which attracted more than 20 entries in a variety of categories.
Thanks to Asheville Humane Society volunteer Heather Brannan, the competition expanded this year to include edible doghouses. Heather, an AHS Hiking Hounds volunteer, is the special events manager for the Grove Park Inn and is the brains behind this unique take on an Asheville tradition.
Similar to The National Gingerbread House Competition™, contestants build doghouses made entirely of edible materials - with a twist - entries had to be constructed and composed completely of dog-edible materials. A panel of judges selected winners in each category and display attendees will each vote for the "People's Choice" award
This fundraising event, held at the historic Grove Park Inn Country Club, benefited AHS and other local pet charities Animal Compassion Network, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Humane Alliance, and Paws on a Mission.
All of us at Asheville Humane Society wish to thank the Grove Park Inn and all of the visitors that saw the magic of these doghouses. With more than 4,000 visitors over the four days of the contest, the Grove Park Inn raised more than $2,000 for Asheville Humane Society!
Noah places the blue ribbon on his entry for the "Most Edible" doghouse at
the Grove Park Inn.