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Evan Schwartz has written a new book called "Finding Oz" in which he explores Frank Baum's (Wizard of Oz author) life and possible influences on Baum's writing.

In regards to Toto he believes Baum got the name from the Latin in toto (to be all things) and that Toto was Dorthy's spiritual guide.

I loved this line from the booK:

"Toto did not really care whether he was in Kansas or the Land of Oz, so long as Dorthy was with him."
 

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Toto doesn't DO a whole lot in the original books, which would seem to make him a poor spiritual guide. I believe there's an apocryphal novel dedicated to him, though, and he plays a larger role in the 1939 film.

At any rate, his loyalty is beautiful in the eyes of a dog lover. In addition to wanting to be wherever Dorothy is, Toto is also described as being the only thing that brings Dorothy joy on her aunt and uncle's farm. In the book, as in the film, Kansas is grey and the house is grey and her aunt and uncle are grey. But Toto is black, with long silky hair and sparkly eyes. He is the only thing that keeps Dorothy from turning grey, too.
 

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Toto made it all happen. He showed us as children that even when we are struggling through the magical world, Trying to find whatever is missing, jumping over hurdles with leaps and bounds.. That anything is possible.

We all have the power...

Toto too..:)
 
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