Monday, November 1, 2010


TOBY here...
Hello there to every furry buddy...

We had an amazing thing happen in our city this morning...


I don't know why they call this phenomenon a 'Sundog', but they do...
Does anyone know why?
It is really beautiful, so maybe that is the reason...mmmm?

"Maxmom" couldn't look at the sun directly, but she pointed her camera to the sky and managed to get these pictures...
It is as if a rainbow has been wrapped around the sun - almost like a halo.
You can read more about 'sundogs'

And you can see more fabulous pictures

We have been having some really amazing weather here in Johannesburg lately.
I sat and watched the thunderstorm yesterday afternoon while it rained.
 "Maxmom" says it rained "Cats and Dogs", but I didn't see any...?

I seemed to be the only 'dog' watching the storm...

After the storm we went for our usual walk and I got to splash in the puddles
...and make a few of my own too!

I've taken over "Maxdog's"  old habit of having a swim after my walks...

I love fetching the little yellow dumbell for Maxmom...
but sometimes I have to really search for it...
After my swim "Maxmom" dries me off thoroughly and I get to cuddle under a blanket or towel...
Then I wait nicely for my food...

Yesterday was special...I got to lie on the "BIG" chair with both "Maxmom" and "The Boss".
I am enjoying this while I can because soon I won't be able to fit anymore...
I love it when I can cuddle with "Maxmom"...
So...can anyone tell me anything more about the amazing

Have any of you seen one of them?
What did it look like?




MySpecialDoggies said...

Hi Toby
I don't know anything about sun dogs, but I sure know that you are one sweet puppy on whom the sun is shining!

Sending you hugs & woofs
Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples

Angus said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again. You're getting cuter by the day.

Kasha The Dainty Great Dane said...

Oh Toby you are just so stinkin' are making my mom want a little Toby!! She loves Great Danes but is very intrigued by your breed....what??? She must get another Great Dane!

AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! How COOL!!! SUN DOG? very interesting to know more about it. cutie Toby. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We don't know anything about sundogs either, but we will check back to see what you learn. We would love to snuggle with Mom too, but yes, you are correct, Toby, we grew too big too.

We finally got our video issue resolved and got to watch your beautiful Christmas video. It was so amazing to see the similarities between you and MaxDog. We truly believe he sent you to his earthly home.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Jan said...

Hey Toby,

you are very lucky to be able to see a sun dog or sun dogs. i have never seen one actually.
But i can tell you why they are called sun dogs.

the scientific name for it is parhelion which has a greek origin and means "next to the sun" this is acutally also the name in german. "nebensonne". well the english speaking people associated it with a dog or dogs, in case of two bright spots next to the sun, which is/are standing next to its owner. Just like Heel!

The photos i have seen from you and the link only show a sun halo which is also amazing but not quite a sun dog.

lots of love from germany :)

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Toby, we don't know about sundogs but they sure are beautiful! You are just growing so much! You are so very cute! Lots of love, Holly and mom

verobirdie said...

So good you are not afraid of thunderstorm.
Here it has been raining cats and dogs since Satturday. Too bad for a long weekend...
I like your cuddling pictures.

Ms. ~K said...

The most magnificient sundogs I've ever seen were in Alaska!
Oh Toby, I just want to snuggle with you!

kks said...

Toby, you are one lucky pup!
And so very handsome!

Gail Wilson said...

I can't beleive how cute the photo is of you cuddling with your mom! I love it!!!
Hugs and wags, Mistaya

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

Sundog? We thought she was referring to you! :)
Toby, you looked so cuddly in your Maxmom's arms. So so cute!

Sam & June

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm with Ms ~K, when we lived in Alaska I became familiar with sundogs--They were amazing and I've never seen them since. I guess they don't happen in Virginia!

Toby, you are growing way to fast!! :-)

The Life of Riley said...

Hi Toby,

I've never heard of sundogs before, so you've taught this old dog something new.


PS I'm sure you already know this, but I think that you have found yourself the most wonderful home to live in, and I'm sure you will find a way to continue to share Maxmom's chair (even if it means a bigger chair) for those specail cuddles.

Bouncing Bertie said...

What a beautiful sundog. I have never seen one here in Scotland, although I'm told they do occur.
Could you please get Toby to explain to Bertie that being rubbed down by a towel when one is wet is supposed to be a pleasurable experience, and there is no need to try and attack the towel and rip it to shreds...

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Hi Toby! You are growing up to be such a handsome boy, and you are getting so big now, too! Mom wishes it would rain "cats and dogs" here. We haven't had any rain for a month!

Lots of love to you and your mom,
Cloud and his mom

PS. We loved your Christmas tribute video!

Kate said...

Dont worry, in my experience, any sized dog can fit on the Mom & Dads comfy chairs, trust me. Its just a matter of squishing and squirming...

Cool Sun dog!

Ma said something about you being adorable or something... and she wishes she could snuggle with your floppy puppyself. Watch out!

Happy Tuesday!


George The Lad said...

Wow, not seen anything like that before, so can't help you, Rain yes we know all about that. When mom put the brolle up I'm under there :)
Have a great week
See Yea George xxx

Piappies World said...

Hello Toby!

We got no researched meaning of Sundog but it sure is beautiful! You sure look like you had another fun day today. You are a good swimmer and it's nice to see you even playing game of fetch in the pool. That's so cool!

You got us with you cute puppy eyes! We'll send you over some Trick or Treat yummies!

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

Mrs. JP said...

I'm so happy to learn about Sundogs! I've never heard of this.
Toby is growing up so fast but just gets more precious each time I see him. He really "fits" w/ your group. Love to you all from the holler!

Valerie Cummings said...

*sigh* youre getting to be soo big!!! And youre so good cuddling with your mommy!!!! Sorry we havent been around too much but we think about you all the time!!!! Joey and Kealani

The Thundering Herd said...

Toby - Do not let those humans convince you that a day will come when you no longer fit in the chair. Rusty and Kodiak both aspire to be lapdogs everyday of their lives - and it is entertaining to watch the hu-dad during those moments.

Molly the Airedale said...

The sundog is just beautiful, Toby! We've never seen one before!
We love the picture of you snuggling with your mom.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...

Oh my!

How do woo keep getting khuter?

Please heed the advice of the furry smart Thundering Herd -

Woo will furever be a lapdog!


Maggie Mae and Max said...


I has never seen a sundog befores so tank you fur da pictures of it. I luvs da picture of you and MaxMom too. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Clive said...

Hi Toby

We never heard about sundogs before! Love all the great photos!

take care
Clive and Murray

Two French Bulldogs said...

Toby what a big boy. That cats and dogs thing cracks us up
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Toby
I have a feeling that Khyra is right. I think you will always find a way to snuggle into your moms lap. After all, who could resist your cuteness.
I look at you,,, and I see sooooo
very much of your brother Maz in you.
I see the rhythm in you Toby, I do.
So now I must say,,, I love all this cuteness we get to see before going to bed. Do you know how many hearts you give smiles to?
Nitey nite

Tweedles -- that's me said...

i forgot to tell you , be sure to tell me more about the sun dogs my little friend,,, okay?

Scout and Freyja said...

When you are cuddling with the Maxmom and your head is on her chest - you can hear her heartbeat. Did you know, little one, that her heart beats stronger and more true since the first time she held you in the palm of her hand? At that moment she fell in love with you and you became one of the most loved puppies on our planet. You are furry lucky, little one, furry lucky...

Scout and Freyja said...

PeeEss: we think that the sundog you saw today was your Maxdog smiling down on you from Heaven. He wanted to let you know that he was doing just fine and that he wasn't all that far away...

Sierra Rose said...

Oh Toby! Can you get any more handsome!! :) You are one special lucky pup and we agree with Scout 'n Freyja that the sundog could be sweet Max smiling down on you.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We never heard of sundogs either. But the photo you posted looks more like a hooge eye in the sky to us. Maybe it IS Maxdog looking down on you.

Jed & Abby

Tama-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

None of us have ever seen sundogs before. They are amazing!

And we just adore the photo of you under all the towels!

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

We have never heard of Sun Dogs....we hope there are Sun Cats sometimes!

You are getting cuter and cuter Toby! We will go visit Max's memorial site.

sprinkles said...

I've never heard of a sundog before but they're pretty.

And you, little Toby, you just get cuter by the day! I can't believe how much you've grown. Each post shows you growing more and more.

Dexter said...

Hey little Toby. I am impressed that you are swimming already. Sometimes youngsters don't like that.

I hope you are enjoying your spring. That snuggle time with mom looks fantastic.