Max’s Dogs – Toto

The fictional terrier Toto was created in 1900 as the pet of Dorothy Gale in Frank Baum’s book, The Wizard of Oz. In the later movie starring Judy Garland, Toto although referred to as male, was played by a female Cairn terrier called Terry.

One of movie history’s most memorable lines is spoken to the terrier when Judy Garland, as Dorothy, is somewhat alarmed at the strange land in which she has found herself and says: ‘Toto – I have a feeling that we’re not in Kansas any more’.

Wizard wasn’t Terry’s only movie. She appeared in others with Shirley Temple, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and Spencer Tracy. But one of the dog’s most indelible moments never appeared on screen: on the day movie star Clark Gable came to meet her, she leapt up and knocked out his false teeth.

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Max Cryer

Max Cryer is well known for his books on language and other subjects. In a long career, he has been a teacher, television host and m.c. as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. He is now a full-time writer.