Saol an Mhadra Bháin / The Secret World of Working Dogs
Wednesday 27 November & 4 December 21:30
This landmark, two-part bilingual documentary series explores ‘Saol an Mhadra Bháin’ and tells the stories of men, women and children whose lives are dramatically changed and improved by their newly established partnerships with their Working Dog. It also shows how extraordinary abilities of these working dogs are helping doctors and scientists to find breakthrough medical solutions to worldwide health problems. TG4 are continuing with its series of contemporary documentaries Wednesday nights at 21:30. This two-part series produced by Midas Productions blends science with human interest to realise the capabilities of these animals and learn about the special relationship between dog and owner, and how that bond enhances and empowers the lives of people with disabilities and life-debilitating illnesses.
Scientists at the leading research centers in Ireland and the UK show us how dogs are revolutionising our treatment of many illnesses, from cancer, epilepsy and diabetes, to autism and visual impairment. Could it be that dogs will soon play an even more prominent role in out national health services?
Meeting those already reaping the rewards of owning Working Dogs, we learn how innate nature and science have combined to transform their lives in ways they could never have imagined.
Following a diverse range of characters and talented canines, The Secret World of Working Dogs stops audiences in their tracks by giving them an opportunity to witness how, from the birth of these unique animals to the end of their working lives, science, skill and rigorous training create life changing and life saving opportunities.
This unique and heart-warming series brings us into the homes and lives of those living with serious health challenges as we capture how these amazing animals transform their lives. Over two episodes, Saol an Mhadra Bháin reveals the unique bond between human and dog and shows the difference working dogs can make for those living with visual impairment, autism, diabetes, epilepsy, severe scoliosis and muscular dystrophy.