Cairn Terrier
Picture of Toto, a male Cairn Terrier

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Home:Kansas City, KS  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Toto

Tote, Totey, Totster, Buddy Boy, Pill

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

April 7th 1989

Toto was a great watch dog. He thought it was his job to be on patrol and look out for his dad.

He did not like windshield wipers or anything that made that type of movement.

Favorite Toy:
Toto loved ropes and he loved playing fetch.

Favorite Food:
He loved his food and getting treats. Charlee Bears hadn't been invented yet but I'm sure he would have loved them as well.

Favorite Walk:
He use to like to walk down to the golf course and back home.

Best Tricks:
Toto's funniest trick was, if you asked him "Where's Dorothy?", he would run and look out the doors and the windows.

Arrival Story:
I got Toto when he was a puppy. I had wanted a Cairn Terrier for a long time but had to wait until I was settled and had a fenced yard. He did some modeling and his picture has appeared in several publications as the little dog from the Wizard of Oz. He was my best friend and a great little dog.

I lost Toto at the age of 15 to Kidney failure. He is greatly missed by myself and his brother, Ojo.

Forums Motto:
Guarding the gates of heaven.

The Groups I'm In:
LL Dog Rescue Alumni, Soul Kitchen- Yum!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
The Rainbow Bridge: A tribute to those we\'ve loved and

Thank you:
A big thank you to all my family and friends for giving me such a nice life.

A shout out to:
I would like to give a shout out to Elaine and Saki.

Please help:
There are far more dogs than there are people to take care of them. Please pick an area shelter or rescue group and show your support by donating your time, energy, talents, services, goods or funds. It is very important and they need your help.

Consider adoption:
If you are thinking of getting a pet, please consider adoption. You can save a life.

Spay and Neuter:
Why spay and neuter?

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 17th 2005 More than 11 years!

I Was In The:
2006 Valentine's Day Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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In Memory of Toto: Loved and Missed

Confessions of a "Responsible" Dog Owner:

June 27th 2006 9:18 pm
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I grew up with dogs. When I was born, my family got a Chihuahua puppy to grow up alongside me. We were inseparable and I was distraught when Tanji finally died. After some time had passed, Mom asked me if I wanted to get another dog. I remember sitting on my bed, counting up how long Tanji had lived and then calculating how old I would be when my next dog might die. I decided I would be in college and old enough to handle the loss. (I never reached that age.) I said OK and we eventually got Mopsy, a little Peke-A-Poo pup from a neighborhood litter. She stayed with my folks during college and passed at their home a few years after I graduated.

As a young adult, I wanted a dog of my own but knew I had to wait until my life was stable enough to give it a good home. When that time came, I did everything in my power to be a responsible pet owner. I wanted a Cairn Terrier but first I researched the breed to make sure it would be a good fit for me. I talked to vets, read books and decided I was going to get a puppy and give the dog a good long life.

A family I knew had friends whose pet Cairn was due to have a litter of puppies. When they were born, I went to pick out the perfect pup according to all the literature I had read. They had named one of little boys "Fighter" because he had so much energy and picked on all his litter mates. As instructed by my research, he was the one that was frisky and alert and, of course, he had personality times ten. Fighter was the one I picked to come be my Toto.

Three years passed and I thought Toto might like a playmate and I might like having a second dog. I knew I wanted another Cairn, another boy, and I knew his name would be Ojo. It was just a matter of finding a pup that spoke to me.

I had mentioned this to my parents and that Christmas, they gave me money and told me there were Cairn Terrier pups at the local pet store. Off I went to see if any of the pups had "Ojo" written all over them. The pet store had several young Cairn puppies -- but they also had one that was much older. He was marked down as after Christmas clearance merchandise. Even though I knew it wasn't the smart thing to do, I also knew I couldn't leave him there with a clearance tag on his cage. I had found my Ojo and a brother for Toto.

So, what is my point to all this -- other than a self gratifying trip down memory lane? My point is that every step of the way, I thought I was doing the right thing -- the responsible thing. I had no clue about puppy mills or family breeders. I had no concept of the number of homeless pets being put to sleep daily. I had no idea that my "responsible" actions were actually perpetuating the breeding of more pups and that other dogs would die because of the choices I made. Even in all my attempts to educate myself and do everything right, I screwed up. And not just once, but twice.

Now, to be totally honest, I can hardly say I regret this. How could I regret sharing my life with Toto and Ojo for one minute? However, had I been fully educated, I would have made different choices.

So... my point to anyone (similar to me) who is reading this is, don't feel guilty for the previous choices you've made -- based on the information you had at the time. And to anyone who is thinking about getting a pet, my point is -- please learn from my mistakes and choose to adopt a homeless dog. It truly is the "responsible" thing to do.

In loving tribute to my Tanji, Mopsy, Toto and Ojo -- four great friends.


My New Friend, Snappy: What an Angel

January 5th 2006 7:16 pm
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I got to meet Snappy on January 3, 2006 and we are having a grand time romping around the heavens. She moved in with my family shortly after I passed away. I know they are very sad but I've taken her under my wings and we have lots of friends. Down on earth, they established a memorial fund in her honor through the rescue group that saved her – with the proceeds going to help other dogs, like Snappy, find health and happiness. If you would like to help save another little soul get the help they so richly deserve – please send a small donation to:

LL Dog Rescue | The Snappy Memorial Fund | PO Box 8545 | Shawnee Mission, KS | 66208

LLDR is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit, volunteer, dog rescue organization licensed in the states of Kansas and Missouri. Your donation is tax-deductible and would be greatly appreciated. Your contribution would mean a lot to me and my family and it is for the best cause... helping out dogs in need.

– Toto, guarding the gates of heaven. (And now with a fun new side-kick.)
"CURRENT Dogster dogs helping out FUTURE Dogster dogs"

PS: To leave a message for our earthly family or for more information on Snappy's Fund, visit Snappy and Ojo's Dogster forum page.

PSS: Love to Dad and my baby brother Ojo.


Hello Snappy: Nice to Finally Meet You

January 4th 2006 6:05 am
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I just made a new friend. I finally got to meet Little Snappy who lived with my Dad and my brother after I passed. She is quite the little spit-fire and we are having a blast sharing stories about life with Dad. Snappy has lots of friends here and we are taking good care of her and showing her the ropes. – Toto, guarding the gates of heaven

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