Man’s Best Friend investigates contemporary and future possibilities for the dog as a helping friend for a major societal issue the world is facing: population ageing.
To help solve problems faced by an ageing population as funding for healthcare dwindles, Man's Best friend investigates ways to let dogs help people. Our oldest companions, dogs have shown their ability to complement our weaknesses and can do more than sit with you or join you for a walk. A guard dog can protect its owner from muggers by carrying her valuables. With a pill box around its collar, a retriever may be the nicest of reminders. When carrying groceries becomes a burden, a set of saddlebags across a shepherd's back offers a solution. And for those whose legs have worn out, there’s the dog cart for greater mobility.
percentage of the world population aged over 65 between 1950 and 2015
around the time of the industrial revolution, life expectancy increased, the family model altered and gradually the elderly left their families
as we became less subject to danger and physical work, the dogs main purpose gradually moved to the background
they are capable of so much more then their status of companion might suggest