"By what right has the dog come to be regarded as a ‘noble’ animal? The more brutal and cruel and unjust you are to him the more your fawning and adoring slave he becomes” – Mark Twain
We, as Australians, are currently predicted to spend 4.6 Billion on pet care over the next year. Are we trying to buy the wag of a dogs tail or is it something we earn through companionship? The modern urban environments are becoming increasingly popular places for people to own our beloved pooches to verify the close bond still remains with ‘Mans best friend’.
Dogs are invented creatures, by humans, which has been a process that has taken more than 14,000 years. There is a co evolutionary and mutually beneficial relationship between humans and dogs that may very well be the reason why early Homo sapiens evolved and survived.
In opposition to dogs that existed even as close as century ago the job of the modern dog has changed. The substitutions in the modern age for hunting, herding and guarding now involve companionship, status symbols, entertainment and family members. As the modern saying goes, “If you want the best seat in the house… move the dog”
Although probably the greatest insult to this diligent, devoted and diverse species, Dog’s are human in their own right. A dog represents all that is good in man and with over 4 million densely populating Australian soil it is easy to see why we care and coexist to benefit each other.
I have taken a closer look to our relationships with the following body of work that illustrates the plastic almost ornamental nature of modern dogs.