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Canine Stars: From Rover to Cosmo

Posted May 04, 2011 to photo album "Canine Stars: From Rover to Cosmo"

Starting in 1905 when Rover rescued a baby, dogs have been cinema’s unsung heroes. We look at some of the finest.

Cosmo (Arthur)
Blair (Rover)
Etzel von Oeringen (Strongheart)
Rin Tin Tin (Various Roles)
Skippy (Asta)
Pal (Lassie)
Pal (Petey)
Terry (Toto)
Spike (Old Yeller)
Buddy/Air Bud
Moose (Eddie)
Terry (Toto)

Terry (Toto)

While the female Cairn Terrier named Terry will be best remembered as Toto in The Wizard in the Oz, she was actually a well-seasoned actor before taking up with Dorothy. Born in 1933, Terry was adopted by Carl Spitz after he original owners gave up on her. At one year old, she was already stealing scenes as Shirley Temple’s pup Rags in Bright Eyes and Spencer Tracy’s dog in Fritz Lang’s thriller Fury. But it was the role of Toto in The Wizard of Oz at the age of 4 that put Terry on the map. To get into part, she lived with Judy Garland for several weeks, and almost lost her part when a set accident cruised her foot. During the film, she earned $125/week, much more than nearly any other extra. She continued to work, changing her name to Toto, making 13 films before she retired in 1942, staying home as a family pet. In 2001, Willard Carroll who found Carl Spitz scrapbook put together an “memoir” entitled I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog Who Was Toto.