Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd 2016 – Tartok

We are honored this year to include our cousins from The Herd Annex (aka. Hu-Grandmom’s house from the other side of the valley) in the Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd. We will start with Tartok and his Youth of Sarge’s sponsor, Rachel.

Rachel and Tartok

Rachel and Tartok

I chose Tartok…

Also know as “Tuxedo man” due to his black and white coat and often sophisticated manner, Tartok is a loyal and energetic dog with a great personality.

He loves to take items such as magazines and newspapers and bury them throughout the yard in strategic locations. He is also know for being quite the escape artist.

He also loves to sleep; in fact, he rarely stays up past 8 pm. He loves to spend time in his “cave” which is actually a grove of Catawba Rhododendrons where he can lay down and stay cool in the shade and also supervise everything that’s happening in his “domain.”

Tartok was born June of 2005. His original owner decided she no longer wanted him so she contacted the Waynesville Animal Hospital where Mr. Wall takes the Thundering Herd. Danielle, a vet tech and Siberian owner herself, contacted Mr. Wall, who persuaded the Hu-Grandmom to adopt him. Tartok was about a year old when he was adopted, and quickly she learned he was quite the mischievous character.

All in all, Tartok’s a clever and loving dog. Who couldn’t love him?

The Tuxedo man hanging out on his porch.

The Tuxedo man hanging out on his porch.

To “vote” for Tartok to win, simply mail him a Valentine at Tartok, c/o The Thundering Herd, PO Box 1835, Maggie Valley, NC, 28751. If you wish, enclose a check made out to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps homeless dogs and cats find permanent homes.

And to give you an idea about Sarge’s, let’s tell you about one of their dogs looking for a home:



Dani is a beautiful Redbone Coonhound girl only about one year old, and unfortunately heartworm positive. Sarge’s will provide treatment for her through the WuzBug Special Needs Fund, and then she will be ready to start a whole new life with a family to call her own.

Tomorrow, we will feature the last nominee, Ruby of The Herd Annex.


  1. Blueberry's human on January 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Dani is just stunning! The redbone is my dream dog and her picture made me swoon.

  2. Carolyn on January 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    My impression of Tartok being a laid back, never troublesome pup was all wrong! 🙂

  3. Melon on January 23, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Wow, Tartok really does have striking markings! I never knew that.

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