Cousin Tartok Working Hard

Warning, pups.  Our humans went to our hu-grandparents house Saturday night and came back with disturbing stories about how hard our Cousin Tartok is working.  Now we know that he, like us, is a member of the Working Dog class, but this amount of effort is totally exhausting.  Please don’t attempt this without sufficient training in advance.

In this first picture, Tartok demonstrates his incredible ability to hold the wall up while simultaneously making sure that the rug does not move.  Notice in a particularly advanced technique, he has also carefully placed a piece of Siberian fluff on the wood floor.


After several pictures and no movement, Tartok was asked to demonstrate that he was actually able to move despite the deep concentration required in these advanced efforts.  With careful concentration, he was able to move his head and eye the owner of the flashy beast.  What an excellent demonstration of Siberian look of disdain.


Finally, the careful observer will notice that all of this concentration and effort requires a special holding of the tongue, just like Michael Jordan would do in a particularly difficult basketball move.  Highly skilled athletes often use this trick.  Mere humans will also be in total wonder at the body positioning and be amazed at the athletic prowess required to sleep – er, work – in this contorted frame.


Don’t know about the rest of you, but we are exhausted at these demonstrations and are headed back for a nap.


  1. Mochi on August 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Whoa Tartok, don’t work too hard! You’re making me look bad! 🙂


  2. Kira on August 4, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Wooos It looks as though you have been practicing your yoga techniques well. That is one of my favorite positions too!-Kira The BeaWootiful

  3. Holly and Khady Lynn on August 4, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Wow, we are exhausted just looking at the pictures!! I sure hope he didn’t strain anything. That flexibility is amazing!!

    Phbbb and KhL

  4. princess eva on August 4, 2009 at 12:40 am

    you can tell that he is an expert due to the perfect fluff placement.

    princess eva

  5. NCMountainwoman on August 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Too funny. Nope, it’s not a Sibe thing…Goldens work that hard as well.

  6. Biloxi and Sibersibs on August 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Dey look like yogi posies to me! I is exhausted looking at all dat hard work! Bedtime!


  7. Storm Glory on August 3, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Wow! Is this sleeping . . . er I mean working position a Sibe thing? Storm does that exact thing!! I’ve often wondered if she wasn’t doing back adjustments on herself or something the way she contorts around walls lol.

    Good question by the OP Pack! How do they keep that pretty rug fur free?

  8. Wild Dingo on August 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Tartok is yogi zen guru in deep meditative concentration. Tartok is demonstrating supta bada konasana (butterfly leg pose in reclined position) and a beautiful supine spinal twist, both of which release toxins built in the body from wall holding up work. Please do not mock the yogi from Siberia. For they have mediated long and hard to achieve their enlightenment. Enlightment for them is changing the meaning of working dog from pulling sleds to deep meditative wall holding.

  9. Huffle Mawson on August 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I have done the holding up the wall job as well. I’d better study these advanced poses. But first a nap.

    Huffle Mawson

  10. The OP Pack on August 3, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    We decided we needed a nap too after looking at how hard Tartok has to work. Mom would like to know the secret to keeping that dark rug fur-free!

  11. the Army of Four on August 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Holy smokes! He really IS a professional, isn’t he? I’m going to study his every position and do my best to emulate it. After a nap.
    Play bows,

  12. Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ on August 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    What advanced moves – only a sibe could achieve – us mere bullies are very impressed

    Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

  13. Denns the Vizsla on August 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Man, I’m tired just looking at this!

  14. simcha on August 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

    it’s difficult especially when this type of animal abuse occurs within our own families. Thank you for brining up such an important topic.


  15. Stella on August 3, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Amazing demonstration, Tartok! What could be next? We can’t wait to see.


  16. KB on August 3, 2009 at 9:15 am

    No Labrador could achieve such a feat. What concentration and coordination!

  17. Khyra on August 3, 2009 at 8:49 am


    I’ll have to rest up befur I khan khomment again…


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