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Best in Show: Bid on these blue ribbon puppies at Mod Livin'

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How do you make these dog days pass by faster? At the East Colfax retro/modern-design emporium Mod Livin', they're literally putting the dogs on the block by bringing back the time-honored Best in Show Puppy Auction, featuring two sizes of Eero Aarnio white plastic puppies, all done up in style by local artists and small businesses. While the smaller Pound Puppies will be on display in a silent auction, the larger Pedigree Pups will be auctioned off live beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday night to benefit, most appropriately, the Foothills Animal Shelter. And, as the name suggests, there is a competitive component to the proceedings, as well: Hop on Mod Livin's website, and you can cast your votes for your favorite puppies; Best in Show will be awarded at the auction. It will be a hard decision to make, too. Just look at these popular Pedigree Pups:

All photos courtesy of Mod Livin's Flickr page.

Mastodog (see above), Ponderosa Paint Center: Anyone with a jones for the 10,000 Years BC lifestyle will appreciate this hairy behemoth, being ridden by a Barbie stand-in for Raquel Welch.

Blue Dog Mustang, by Peter Carey, UP Architecture: Yes, its eyes DO glow in the dark!

SHEEPdog, MCA Denver: A celebration of MCA's Black Sheep Fridays cheap-entry promotion, this little lamb speaks for itself. Baa.

Tako Wan Wan, by Janene Hurst and Andrew Novick, Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast: The Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast entrepreneurs (who will bring back their Japanpop-imports pop-up shop to Mod Livin' in September) decked out their puppy in Visual Kei/Kegadoru style. Scrappy, by Amber Corcoran and Jaime Jennings, Fancy Tiger Crafts: Scrappy is just plain beautiful, a loudly barking patchwork advertisement for the wonderful and whimsical modern fabrics carried by Fancy Tiger. Elemental Puppy, by Scott Dergance and Jonathan Coppin, Elemental Living: The furniture builders at Elemental turned this puppy into a marvelous tribute to modern design. It's woofalicious! Best in Show goes down at Mod Livin', 5327 East Colfax Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday; call 720-941-9292.

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