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Bidders go crazy for gingerbread dog houses: A frenzy erupts for unique creations

Bidders go crazy for gingerbread dog houses: Creations are unique, fun

32 Woodlands Estate detail at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Detail of "Woodlands Doggy Estate." Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
31 Woodlands Doggy Estate - Sweet Olive's Cookies and Cakes at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
"Woodlands Doggy Estate" by Sweet Olive's Cookies and Cakes. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
29 Welcome to Hollywoof - Virginia's Cakes at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
"Welcome to Hollywoof" by Virginia's Cakes. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
25 Shannon Gornick, left, and Tanis Morse at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Shannon Gornick, left, and Tanis Morse. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
23 Play Time detail at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Gingerbread cake detail. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
21 Play Time - Kiss the Cook Cakes at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
"Play Time" by Kiss the Cook Cakes. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
20 Montse Sarmiento, from left, Gira Rhame, Laura Davidson and Jill Buie at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Montse Sarmiento, from left, Gira Rhame, Laura Davidson and Jill Buie. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
19 Liann Klein, left, and Dyan DeGruy at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Liann Klein, left, and Dyan DeGruy. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
17 Judy Hudson at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Judy Hudson. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
16 Mercedes Grifno, from left, Albert Nurick and Kim Bellini at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Mercedes Grifno, from left, Albert Nurick and Kim Bellini. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
13 Hubbell and Hudson - Beware of Scruffy at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Detail of Hubbell & Hudson's "Beware of Scruffy." Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
12 Helen and Matt Caddock at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Helen and Matt Caddock. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
8 Dog Spaw detail at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Detail of "Dog Spaw." Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
4 Dawn and Brian McNeal, from left, with Wayne Whitaker at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
Dawn and Brian McNeal, from left, with Wayne Whitaker. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
32 Woodlands Estate detail at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
31 Woodlands Doggy Estate - Sweet Olive's Cookies and Cakes at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
29 Welcome to Hollywoof - Virginia's Cakes at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
25 Shannon Gornick, left, and Tanis Morse at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
23 Play Time detail at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
21 Play Time - Kiss the Cook Cakes at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
20 Montse Sarmiento, from left, Gira Rhame, Laura Davidson and Jill Buie at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
19 Liann Klein, left, and Dyan DeGruy at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
17 Judy Hudson at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
16 Mercedes Grifno, from left, Albert Nurick and Kim Bellini at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
13 Hubbell and Hudson - Beware of Scruffy at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
12 Helen and Matt Caddock at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
8 Dog Spaw detail at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014
4 Dawn and Brian McNeal, from left, with Wayne Whitaker at The Woodlands cocktail reception and gingerbread doghouse auction December 2014

What: Gingerbread Doghouse Contest and Auction benefiting Operation Pets Alive.

Where: Hyatt Market Street in The Woodlands.

The 411: Restaurants and bakeries in The Woodlands put their best baking talents forward in this four-legged spin on traditional holiday gingerbread houses, which were auctioned in support of the all-volunteer nonprofit.

From charming traditional gingerbread houses with a canine resident to a football field competition pitting the Aggies against the Longhorns, the creativity had guests in a bidding frenzy. In fact, enough money was raised to save 60 dogs from area animal shelters and to provide air transport to the East Coast for their placement in happy homes.

While Operation Pets Alive unveiled the group's cookbook, "Bone Appetit," guests sipped on special cocktails created by Hyatt Market Street just for the evening — The Pomeranian comprised of rum, pomegranate, Cointreau, lemon and grapefruit; the Blood Hound created from gin , sweet and dry vermouth and strawberry; and the Salty Chiwawa, a tequila concoction including grapefruit and agave.

Who: Denise and Phil Inman, Mercedes Grifno, Tanis Morse, Terri Nunnalee, Barbara Welch, Albert Nurick, Laura Davidson and Judy Hudson.