Finch is a frequent working (paid in treats) model at Pouka seeing as he’s the photographer’s youngest dog. He loves the camera… well, OK, he really loves the treats. He’s the first one in front of the lights as soon as the camera comes out, enthusiastically following the treat or the tennis ball with his nose to show off his unique profile.
Finch has a few interesting characteristics. He was born deaf (read more about Deaf English Setters here
) and visually impaired – neither of which slow him down at all. He has a severe under bite which gives him a very patrician “Roman nose” and a nerve impingement in his jaw (hypoglossal nerve disorder) which caused a partial paralysis of his tongue so that it hangs out of a gap in his teeth on the right side. None of this bothers him in the least but it does make for some very unique photographs!
Finch loves to run and jump and is obsessed with tennis balls. For his second birthday, I bought him 300 used tennis balls… (we’re still finding them everywhere)