Tartok Thursday

Tartok, from across the valley at The Herd Annex, says that his sister, Ruby, gets entirely too much attention.  So, today, Tartok wants to demonstrate all of the strenuous activities that he engages in as a prime representative of a Working Dog Breed.  Ready?

We start out with the complex Table Leg Paw Hook.

The ever so difficult "rub my belly" pose.

The neck hook.

How to stop a paw from over-scratching.

In between these challenging exercises, you must remember to relax your muscles.

Even while eating, Tartok demonstrates his physical prowess.

Remember, I am a professional working dog. Don't try this at home.

Oh, good grief. At least I am actually moving when I am counter surfing. - Ruby


  1. The Army of Four on June 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

    That’s an excellent work ethic you’ve got there, Tartok!

  2. Ruger on June 25, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Hi there!

    I am fery skilled at many of those activties myself – even though I don’t have so much fluffs. Sometimes I work fery fery hard at lying on my Mumma’s legs too. It is fery strenuous work keeping her from moving off the couch.
    And I really much prefer to do my eating in bed. It takes up much more energy if I do lying down & eating at the same time.

    Slobbers & nose kisses

  3. RADINKA on June 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Wow!!! Impressive!!!

  4. Sam on June 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Hey! Laziness is a fine art!


  5. Huffle Mawson on June 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I do most of those things too Tartok. That’s because I am an honorary husky.

  6. Mimi & Cabana on June 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Ha ha! I love the “eating whilst laying down” photo. I don’t think there’s a labrador in time immemorial that could lay down while eating. They take food way too seriously for that!

  7. Sagira on June 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Love the rub my belly shot. 🙂

  8. Hawk aka BrownDog on June 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Y’all!

    Too funny!

    Hope y’all are stayin’ cool!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  9. houndstooth on June 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    This one made me laugh out loud! The girls wanted you to know that we’re pretty sure that Tartok is not just assuming the “rub my belly” pose, but that he is, in fact, holding the carpet down and making sure that it has a layer of Siberian floof embedded in it for extra softness!

  10. Wild Dingo on June 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Yup, that Ruby is so bossy, she even makes her way into Tartok’s post… gotta love her.

    And T, you’re alway a winner in our house. not like you have to work that hard at it. you got nothin’ to prove bro. You’re all sibe, through and through…

  11. rottrover on June 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    We never get enough credit for all the work we do, either… Sheesh!

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  12. Kari on June 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Those are some difficult tricks 😉


  13. Jenny on June 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

    he has the most beautiful mask, what a hansome brother you have Ruby, you both work very very hard, dont wear yourselves out, esp with the weather getting hotter, Jenny 🙂

  14. HUSKYS RULE on June 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Tartok we so understand the difficulty involved with those tasks keeping the table straight & level is hard hard work. We also practice the “rub my belly” pose alot but like you said we must be careful not to over do it!!!! Don’t be jeal Ruby!!!

    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  15. Jan on June 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I think you have a good beginning for “The Working Dog Calendar.”

  16. Togo the Dog on June 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

    That’s a whole lot of heavy work! Tartok deserves two breaks now.

    Togo, Tagar & Gamby

  17. Khyra on June 23, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Mom kept thinking she was looking at me as she looked at all the handsome Tartok pikhs!

    Especially THAT special one!


  18. 24 Paws of Love on June 23, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Looks like quite a workout! You put our working dogs to shame. Please make sure you get adequate rest Tartok, we would hate for you to strain your muscles. 🙂

  19. Holly & Khady on June 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I TOTALLY understand what you mean Tartok! I’m an extremely hard working Malamute and I never get enough credit!


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