#1: Toto, the Cairn Terrier from The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy laments to her canine friend, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” But what others may not know is the story behind this famous doggie actress, even though this is easily one of the most famous dogs in history. Toto, whose real name was Terry, was abandoned as a puppy. Luckily, for her, however, she was adopted by German immigrant, Carl Spitz, who was the unofficial dog-trainer of Hollywood.
With his help, she was trained to become one of the most coveted canine actresses of her generation, starring alongside some of the time’s biggest stars, including Judy Garland. Before her close up in The Wizard of Oz, Terry was already well-versed in the ways of the silver screen. By the end of her career, she had been casted in 17 films, living to be 11-years old.