Toto, the Movie Star Dog
Credits for the cause of the huge popularity of the Cairn Terrier even to this day should be given to Toto, the movie star dog from the popular 1939 film, "The Wizard of Oz".
Toto the dog was the main character's pooch who traveled with her to the dream land of Oz to seek help from the wizard so Dorothy (played by the late Judy Garland) and Toto could go home to Kansas. Along the way to Oz though Dorothy and Toto meet several friends and are constantly trying to be stopped by the Wicked Witch. The adventures they go through are entertaining and fun for people of all ages.
If you are a Toto fan like myself, you might want to purchase the book, "I, Toto" which is an autobiography of the dog who played Toto in the Wizard of Oz movie. It was written by Toto's trainer, Carl Spitz who died in 1976. It was literally unearthed, edited and published by Willard Carroll in 2001. "I, Toto" is filled with a dog's lifetime of information about the real dog we have all come to know and love as Toto.
There are a lot of Toto facts in the book that most people don't know as well as many, many pictures of Toto (Terry) and the cast of many of her Hollywood films.
For example, did you know that Toto was female and her name was Terry? That's true.
Did you know that Toto was in more scenes in the Wizard of Oz film than anyone else including Dorothy? That's true.
You'll also learn about other movies you can rent in which Toto (Terry) starred two films with Shirley Temple.
You'll also learn some of the things Toto (Terry)'s trainer taught her, and how he taught her to do some of the scenes she performed.
One of the most curious things I learned about Cairn Terriers is that most people recognize the breed as that "cute breed" but very people know that "cute breed" is a Cairn Terrier or that Toto was a Cairn Terrier.
Curious too is when I run into someone who not only never heard of the Cairn Terrier breed, but they have never heard of the movie, The Wizard of Oz! What a shame.
If you have children, I urge you to pick up a DVD of the Wizard of Oz for your DVD collection. It is very inexpensive. The adorable Cairn Terrier breed lives through this motion picture box office smash hit and every child should get to know the Cairn Terrier through Toto.
Think of it this way. What if the character Toto were taken out of the script of this film? Chances are it may not have been as big of a hit movie. This adorable breed makes you want to hug, hold and spoil them rotten. The happy feet of the Cairn Terrier dog, brings a smile to everyone's face.
To learn more Toto facts that you may not have known, read my related article, "Facts About Toto, the Dog".
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