Dog houses (2), modified to travel on the back of a bicycle, plastic / wood / metal / glass / paper / foam / fabric / sequin, used by dog Edward Bear, made by Richard Lee, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, [1995-2000] Two highly decorated themed dog houses modifed and decorated for use to transport a dog on the back of a motorised bicycle. Winter House Small dog travel kennel decorated to resemble a Swiss chalet. Above the entrance are the words: "EDWARD BEAR". The roof is covered with red scalloped tiles and decorated with small alpine houses and trees, cars, a satellite dish and people. The sides of the house have sash windows which open and a white picket fence. A small, green lantern at the front entrance lights up at night when the battery is charged. A water bowl for Edward Bear is located to the left of the entrance. When it rained, water would run down the roof and into the gutters. The spare mud flap matches this house. Christmas House Small dog travel kennel decorated with gold sequined fabric and Christmas and religious iconography. The house features a variety of religious symbols including a cross, icon of Mary with child and Hindu gods. There are also Japanese houses and gardens. Tubes at the back allow air to flow straight through the house. On back face of the house is a circular sign with the text "G'DAY MATE". A battery-operated motor rotates the sign causing it to flip over and display the text "WELL/ COME(sic)/ TO/ SYDNEY" (Sydney 2000 Olympics greetings). The back of house has extra features to make night driving safer including disco balls to reflect light, a yellow flicker light on a stick and two sets of battery-operated lights that repeat a sequence of flashing lights. A Japanese miso soup bowl was used as a water bowl for Edward Bear.
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Headline: The story of a man and his dog
Summary: Richard Lee was an eccentric Sydneysider and Edward Bear was his chihuahua. Lee built several houses for Edward Bear - this was one of them.
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