Toto won’t be following the yellow brick road to become Kansas’ official state dog anytime soon.
We’re not sure what Dorothy would think, but a bill that would make the cairn terrier — the breed featured as Toto in The Wizard of Oz — top dog in the state’s ensemble was effectively killed. It must be a dog-eat-dog state out there.
The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was unhappy with the proposed bill, raising concerns over the effect on Kansas puppy mills. If the cairn terrier was made state dog, it might cause the mills to “churn out litter after litter of the breed.”
The movement for an official state dog only started in late January. Representative Ed Trimmer, who originally introduced the bill, says he plans on introducing it again next year. The state already has an official state reptile, a state bird, a the state insect and a state amphibian.
Brenda Moore, who works with the South Central Kansas Kennel Club, told the Kansas City Star that “There are a lot of dog lovers out there who would like to see Kansas have a state dog.” We’re sure you can also add Dorothy’s name to the list.