“It’s a Dog’s Life” is an exploration of the relationship between humans and dogs as expressed through art. Genetic evidence suggests that the first domestication of dogs occurred between 11 and 16 thousand years ago. The domesticated dog arose alongside our hunter-gather ancestors and have been companions to humans ever since. Throughout their history of domestication, dogs have fulfilled many roles for their human counterparts. The human-dog relationship was originally developed through the ability of humans to use dogs as an aid during hunts, a tradition that has carried on to contemporary times. From this original purpose, humans have used dogs for various working purposed, yet arguably the most meaningful aspect of our relationship is the companionship that dogs provide for us. This exhibition highlights the various representations of dogs as depicted through various time periods. In early portrayals dogs were represented as religious symbols, this was followed by the perception of the domesticated canine shifting towards that of a sign of status. Later depictions of dogs simply showed their relations to the daily lives of humans. The themes explored in “It’s a Dog’s Life” demonstrate the intricate role that dogs have played to our lives and cultures throughout the centuries.