"He held his spear firmly in both hands as it finally emerged, head lowered and ears folded back." Or this is a case of passive tense... It sounds fine, I think, but I don't think it's grammatically right. I could do "With (its) head lowered and ears folded back its snout quivered violently and foamy saliva dripped from its maul." In this case I have two "its" or one if I drop the first one. None of these I'm happy with. Halp!