Are these some good looking dog houses or what? They were created by TAP Architecture, an Oklahoma-based architecture firm who participated in The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) My Life as a Dog Challenge, which was held last September.

OK Humane challenged local folks to chain themselves up to dog houses to create a unique reality TV-style contest. The last person to withstand living chained to an eco-friendly dog house won a new natural gas vehicle donated by Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Sounds silly, but it was all for a good cause — they wanted to raise awareness about the negative social and behavioral effects on dogs who are left chained up. According to OK Humane, “From October 2003 through August 2008, there were at least 257 children killed or seriously injured by chained dogs across the country. Chained dogs, un-socialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space and any child who wanders into this space can be attacked and killed before adults can intervene.” Heather Winlock aka ?Beast? from Seminole Oklahoma won the car.

These fantastic dog houses by TAP were part of the event. I kind of wouldn’t mind being chained to one of these versus the typical boring old dog house…but I get the idea that it’s no fun being confined to a small space.

The dog houses were sold after the contest to private owners for personal use.

Photos by Simon Hurst Photography.