As Elsa headed into the kitchen, she turned to make sure that I was following her. I couldn't help but notice her butt, it's gorgeous. Probably the nicest I've seen for a very long time. Ha ha ha, it might sound strange but it's true. I love seeing a good substantial butt because our dogs are losing them, at least their amazing ones. What I see mostly is mediocre butts with little muscle. Tilley had a great butt as well, but not as good as Elsa's. Where are the butts going? They are being replaced by light weight, feather movement in my breed. In other breeds they are being manipulated into something unnatural. Take the poor German Shepherd; their butt is being angled beyond use. The Shar Pei under angulated beyond use. Crazy.
The power in a good butt is amazing. Watching Elsa move is a thing of beauty; effortless take off and continued dedicated overdrive pushes her forward. Her movement is made easy by the powerhouse from the rear. Her rear end is square and angled just right to allow ease of movement and the utmost of power delivered. There are few dogs that can keep up with her; which makes playing ball with her not so desirable for others.
Like Tilley's was, Elsa's rear is made for speed. After a good hard workout she resembles Arnold Schwarzenegger from the rear. Poor Luke was blessed with that of a show dog rear, light and streamlined but lacking in muscle. As you all know I have written about his lack of muscle several times. With his old age muscle loss he has suffered from the simple fact that he didn't have much to lose. But he also suffers from lack of angle as well.
Elsa reminds me much of the good old days. A solid dog with substance. She has a solid body that can withstand a lot of use. When she grows old and starts losing muscle; she will be just fine. We humans have a hard time staying in the great mid range area. We like to manipulate to the extremes which gets us into trouble. Too much substance can handicap movement just as too little can. But breeding dogs for flashy lightweight movement is not doing our dogs any favors. It is taking away their ability to withstand rough play or intense work without the risk of injury.
Muscle is hugely important in the whole structure of movement. Without it, too much stress is put on joints. Of course exercise is needed to build muscle but you can only work with what you are born with. Structure and substance are so very important for movement. Why on earth would we breed a dog that is handicapped right from the get go? It is just wrong.