The 29 Most Outstanding Holes Dug By Dogs In 2017

The 29 Most Outstanding Holes Dug by Dogs in 2017
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Digging holes is more than just fun. It's one of a dog's most essential jobs. Without holes, there are large areas of dirt that a dog simply can't investigate — areas that might contain any number of things to be sniffed, eaten, or rolled in.

Perhaps even more importantly, holes are a form of self-expression which allowing dogs to broadcast their perspective to the world. Let's take a look at a sample of the most impressive holes we saw this year.

1. After tireless hours of work, this artist dug a bespoke hole for lounging and for supervising the goings-on.

Photo set of dog digging hole
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2. Beach-based holes were very fashionable this year.

3. Don't be fooled by her size, this emerging artist's digging game is strong.

Small dog in sandy hole.
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4. We enjoy holes that are created for the purpose of nesting (or "puddling") as much as we enjoy holes created for pure function or aesthetics.

Dog curled up in hole
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5. Elegance, simplicity, and comfort: everything a dog aspires to achieve in a hole.

Dog partially hidden in hole.
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6. A dual-function hole is always a winner in our book.

Photo set of dog lying in a hole and putting a ball in the hole
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7. Don't worry, this dog isn't missing half his body. He's just dug a truly superlative hole.

Dog lying in dirty with only its front half visible
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8. Here's another promising young hole creator who chooses to work with sand.

9. This hole earned its spot on the list for its daring use of irregular shapes.

Dog standing in irregularly shaped hole.
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10. A master of digging demonstrates that the classic styles still have a place in modern hole creation.

11. Innovative and contemporary.

Dog lying in hole partly under house.
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12. It's not just any hole that highlights a dog's sploot so gracefully.

Dog lying in sand on stomach with legs spread behind it
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13. We were delighted by this hole's fine craftsmanship. Craftsdogship?

Dog sitting in hole next to fence.
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14. The striking choice of location in an open field gives this hole an undeniable rustic charm.

Photo set of dog in field, first with paws in a hole, then with head in a hole.
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15. Such devotion to the craft!

16. This conceptual hole was designed by and for the modern, city-dwelling dog.

Dog next to couch with indentation containing a coconut. Caption: My dog chewed a hole in our couch and "buried" his coconut in it.
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17. Although this hole is impressive, some questions have been raised as to whether the dog deserves full digging credit.

Pug in enormous, shallow hole.
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18. This hole was created with a ground-breaking technique that incorporates acrobatics into the digging process.

19. We're committed to honoring the artists who choose to work in miniature.

Dog next to very small hole.
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20. The artist's unbridled enthusiasm is what makes this hole a winner.

21. Far more than just a hole, this artisanal soil depression is the epitome of outdoor comfort.

Photo set of dog in shallow hole, first looking at camera, then looking away
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22. The high contrast between grass and earth sets this hole apart from the rest of the pack.

Dog next to dark hole in green grass.
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23. We admire artists who take pride in their work, as this dog clearly does.

Happy looking dog standing in chest-deep hole
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24. Hard-packed earth was no match for this dog's tenacity and endurance.

Dog doing a play bow in a hole in dirt that looks hard.
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25. Missing a leg does nothing to deter this dog from making his mark on the earth.

Three-legged dog with paw in hole.
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26. Dogs sometimes encounter opposition during their creative process and must become adept at concealing their efforts.

27. This hole evokes the work of burrowing animals, which begs the question — spoof or homage?

Dog next to small and deep hole.
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28. This unique hole integrates horizontal depth with a naturally occurring structure.

Dog in hole under exposed tree root system.
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29. Despite some missteps, this dog exhibits an aptitude for digging, and we look forward to seeing more of his work in 2018.

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