The Stack Challenge
The reason for creating a statuesque pose is to showcase the anatomical characteristics of a dog while it stands still. The angulation, top-line and symmetry of the animal can be more easily seen. The 'stack' pose is created by manually placing the elbows, legs and hocks of the animal into the desired position. Show dogs are taught to hold this pose on demand through training. Holding the pose in a show ring allows the judge to evaluate the dog from different perspectives by moving around the still animal.
The only way to get a puppy to forget about standing still and focus on something else is to introduce something enticing to the nose! Some liver paté was used to get their attention. The food causes the pups to want to move forward or stand on their tip-toes. Although the photos look static, the dogs were dynamically trying to “reach” for the snack. Learning to stand in a stacked pose takes patient training and time.
Of course a puppy is not a trained show dog and has no interest in posing for anyone! Puppies by nature are either moving around or sleeping. They are rarely awake and still simultaneously. Every second on the table is one second closer to plummeting off the edge!
I was fortunate to enlist some volunteers to help with this process. They were enthusiastic and patient. Howerver, they were not experienced at stacking wiggly puppies. Although not perfect, we did finish the shoot without any causualties falling off the table! The photos make a nice reference later on when the puppies are all grown up. Stack challenge accepted and mission accomplished.
Tabo v/d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Navy | Home call name: ATTOS
Correct male; Red Wheaten; Nose mask
Character: playfull and demanding but polite
Thunzi v/d Eysse Hoeve
Litter call name: Ninja Black
Correct male; Red Wheaten; No mask
Character: Very smart, calculating, active
Thembaa v\d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Jazz | call name GOGA
Ridge Fault: "Fiddle Ridge" symmetrical w/extra box and two crowns. Red Wheaten; Shadow mask
Character: Hillariously self entertaining and independant.
Themba v/d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Oliver
Correct male: Red Wheaten; Nose Mask
Character: Very friendly, easy going, joyful and cute
Tufani v\d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Rosie | Home call name NALA
Correct female; Red Wheaten; Nose Mask
Character: Plays hard, independant and secure
Tau v/d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Picnic | Home call name JOOP
Correct male; Red Wheaten, Nose Mask
Character: VERY busy and into everything! Fun
Tayari v/d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Holly | Home call name: TAYA
Correct female; Red Wheaten: Nose Mask
Character: Very friendly and playful allrounder
Thimba v/d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter name Dozer |call name: NOAH
Correct male: Red Wheaten
Character: Loves contact and attention. Loveable
Titalayao v/d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Whine | Home call name: DIVA
Correct female; light crown off-set
Character: Active, demanding, very cuddley
Tukufu v/d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Sky | Home call name AYO
Ridge Fault: >2 crowns; Red Wheaten;
Character: likes to play rough and hard. Climber!
Temba v/d Eyssel Hoeve
Litter call name: Magenta | Home call name BILLIE
Rige fault >2 crowns; Red Whaten;
Character: Very VERY sweet female; loves contact