I (The Researcher) have compiled enough research now to determine that my dog (The Subject) has a unique yet well thought out and executed pose she assumes when she is assisting me en Plein Air painting.
Tova in Great Basin NP, NV
The data shows the subject positions herself with optimal focus on the rays of the sun as compared to the angle of the shade. The subject also points herself in alignment with the researcher’s position during painting so as not to miss any movement on the researcher’s part.
Tova at Wild Horse Crossing, NV
The subject’s closed eyes are helpful so she can concentrate better on listening and smelling where the researcher is and also if the researcher is eating something the subject may want.
Tova at McClure/Kebler junction park
The subject’s relaxed position is her way of conserving energy so if she needs to spring to the researcher’s rescue or just quickly follow if the researcher moves, she can in an instant, mobilize.
Tova at Easely campgrounds, ID
This pose, named “Dead Dog” for its resemblance to highway fatalities, shows it is repeated in all instances where the subject goes out en Plein Air. Her use of “Dead Dog” pose in 99.99% of all recorded events shows it is highly effective in maintaining the subject’s ability to sharply monitor whereabouts of the researcher yet conserve her energy at the same time.
Tova at Lost Lake Slough
“Dead Dog” is effective due to its flexibility in being deployed in a variety of locations and situations, from driveway and gravel landscaping to interiors of vehicles.
Tova in Wanatchee, WA
Tova in the back of the Honda
The subject is very cunning in her nonchalant manner but the research shows its highly calculated.
Tova in the Sawtooths, Id
It may seem that she is just passed out but she’s not.