Friday, March 28, 2014

Famous movie dogs: Toto

Terry, the Cairn Terrier
Toto, the faithful dog who accompanies Dorothy to Oz, is a Cairn Terrier. The original Toto was five years old when filming the movie, and her real name was Terry. 

Terry's career stretched from 1936 to 1942. She participated in fifteen different movies and gave the breed a boost in popularity.

Allegedly, the role as Toto made everyone call her by that name, so her owner changed her name to Toto. She was a great success and went through excessive training - if you look at the 1939 The Wizard of Oz, Toto is in almost every scene. She was paid $125 per week. Not bad for a dog at that time!

~ Maria Sadowski ~