Wednesday 23 August 2017

Bid to make 'Toto' state's top dog

Toto from the Wizard of Oz is a Cairn Terrier
Toto from the Wizard of Oz is a Cairn Terrier

A Kansas legislator is trying to give the dog breed that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz a leg up by making it a state symbol.

Republican Ed Trimmer's bill would designate the Cairn Terrier the official dog of the state, which also has an official tree and grass.

Brenda Moore, who works with the South Central Kansas Kennel Club, says the breed was chosen because of its role in the movie, and to avoid conflicts with dog breed owners.

Mr Trimmer told The Wichita Eagle he knows Kansas faces serious issues and expects to "get barked at" by colleagues.

He hopes the Legislature does not spend much time on the proposal.

Mr Trimmer says the issue was important to constituents and the terrier is an "appropriate choice."

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