Count carefully

Study the picture above carefully.  Yep, there are eight of us on the drop line.  Our cousins, Tartok and Ruby, of The Thundering Herd Annex joined us on Sunday for some walks.  We love having them – and our hu-grandmother – join us.

Ruby and Tartok on the end of the drop line.

The real fun part is that these pictures were taken at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  What we did not know was that a lecture on the red wolf was being presented at the Center at the same time we were on the drop line outside.  Our hu-dad had to explain over and over that we were not a part of the presentation and not wolves.  We just enjoyed all of ear scratches and belly rubs.

Ruby arrived and was quite relaxed at seeing her cousins.

Tartok, however, looked a little surprised to see all of us.

The best part was that we got to go on not one, but TWO, hikes as an extended family.  And remember how our hu-dad was really excited the other day that he had taken a picture of all 6 of us.  You know he took it as a challenge to get a picture of all 8 of us walking.  But since he was part of the walking team, that was proving challenging.  He finally got it, though the angle is a little wild.

All of us in one picture

That would be Rusty, Kodiak, Cheoah, Ruby (yes, yes, the reds hung out together), Tartok, Qannik, Natasha and Kiska.  The fun part was watching the expressions of people – and dogs – coming around the trail in the other direction.


  1. Mochi on March 2, 2010 at 1:42 am

    That is a great picture of everypup!!! 🙂


  2. Corgi Country Crew on February 25, 2010 at 3:43 am

    I’ll bet you DO get a lot of looks! You make quite a formidable pack coming down the street. We get enough looks ourselves when the 6 of us get walked out where there is people! The CCC

  3. Ben on February 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Tartok if you are every lookin’ for love – call my Momma – she is in love with you. You look so much like her Nanook, a long ago crosser of the rainbow bridge,…

  4. The Army of Four on February 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I just LOVE the look on Tartok’s face! Hee hee hee!
    I’ll bet bipeds just had their breath taken away, seeing all of you together! What FUN you must have had!

  5. Dennis the Vizsla on February 23, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I can just imagine the people walking up and asking about the pack of wolves hanging out on their drop line!

  6. Twinkietinydog on February 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Duh! You guys are so impressive. And the extra two made a difference. Jaw dropping drop line.

  7. norwood on February 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    big woos to hu-dad for getting all eight. I think that deserves a song. hee hee.. oh wait. let me clear my throat of peanut butter first. Your choir can back me up … for he’s a jolly good fellah

  8. Steve & Kat on February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    That is the coolest. Eight Sibes! All in one picture! Two pictures really, the walking one and the drop-line one. I’m glad Ruby and Tartok got to go on a Herd outing, even if Tartok does look a bit overwhelmed in that one picture.


  9. Farley on February 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I would love to run into the Thundering Heard and extended family – what a treat for the people at the lecture 🙂

  10. Stella on February 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t know why anybody would be scared to see eight
    LEASHED Sibes walking along peacefully. What might be a problem would be if they were off-leash. Then you could watch real panic!


  11. Siku Marie, the White Dog on February 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    What great family photos! You are such a handsome group. People can be SO uneducated when it comes to us dogs…red wolves, indeed! My hu-grandpa back in Illinois thought I was a sled dog when mom and dad told him they had gotten an American Eskimo. He said to her, “Why do you need a sled dog in the desert?” Imagine all 20 lbs of fluffy little me pulling a SLED!

  12. KB on February 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I LOVE that photo of Tartok over the back seat of the car. And, the eight all in a row is priceless.

    Wow, what a weekend!

  13. Huffle Mawson on February 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The look on Tartok’s face is hysterical! I bet he and Ruby had a wonderful time with you all.

  14. The OP Pack on February 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Family is just the best thing, whether it be human or canine. What a great shot of all eight!!! And we bet it was nice for the three bipeds to get some walk time together too.

    Woos, Phantom, Thunder,and Ciara

  15. Khyra on February 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    How khool is that pikh!!!

    Too bad Sorcha The Red Wolf khouldn’t have stopped by fur some dropline time too!

    Thanks fur sharing these great pikhs from a furry special day!

    PeeEssWoo: Mom says she’s furry glad to see your hu-dad survived the experience!

  16. Mogley G. Retriever on February 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    It is so nice that you did not all take off after a bunny at once. Boy would that make a picture! Friends are fun when they visit.

  17. Khumbu on February 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Fantastic, what a beautiful family you are. Tartok’s face is a picture.

  18. Kari on February 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Seeing family and multiple hikes? Sounds like the perfect weekend

  19. Houndstooth on February 22, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I am duly impressed! My husband went though fits trying to get four dogs in one picture! Eight would send him over the edge! They all look gorgeous, as usual!

  20. Mimi & Cabana on February 22, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Hey look at the ground! We can see the ground. Did all the snow melt there?

    I’m sure the herd of 8 attracted tons of admiring attention. You should have said you were a part of the lecture and presentation and charged a fee!

  21. achieve1dream on February 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Wow great job getting all eight of them in one picture!

  22. Rachel on February 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I wish I could have seen your impressive crew… you were even in my neck of the woods. I’m surprised to see the BRP is open again… it has been closed for quite a while.

  23. Huskys Rule on February 22, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Looks like everyone had a great time. I would have loved to seen the faces of the other walkers when they saw 8 sibes headed towards them!!! Hu-dad great shot of all 8!!!!! Ruby looks so regal sitting there.

  24. The_Dogfather on February 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Disney, here’s your cast for Eight Below, the sequel.

  25. Jeanine on February 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

    That is am awesome shot!!!! Max only got to go to the softball field this weekend. But he got lots of rubs! So he was ok!!

  26. Kira The BeaWoootiful on February 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Woooos! I was at a park yesterday and someone asked if I was a wolf too! I guess seeing 8 of us would startle a few humans, bol!
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  27. Zoe on February 22, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Ruby always takes gorgeous photos. Good job on getting a picture of the Herd + 2!

  28. Wild Dingo on February 22, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Oooo, I’d love to be a fly on one of those sibe’s noses to see the faces of the on-lookers!

    how fun!
    great shots!

    Love that little girl Ruby!

  29. Alex on February 22, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Probably something you don’t see everyday to those other pups and peoples. 🙂

  30. Pepper on February 22, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Whoa, that was a good effort getting all eight in one great picture! Your dogs are just so gorgeous.
    Em & Pepper

  31. Cocorue on February 22, 2010 at 1:46 am

    i’m just in awe of their beauty

    THAT is a nice shot, great furry hineys bol…


  32. Life With Dogs on February 22, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I love the angle of that shot. Call it artistic liberty…

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