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Are You a Good Owner Or a Bad Owner?
As much as Dorothy Gale of "The Wizard of Oz" adored her dog Toto, she was not always a responsible owner. When watching this classic 1939 movie musical, we're reminded of the good and bad ways Dorothy treated Toto and how we as real-life owners can refresh our dog care skills.
For example, Dorothy's continuous refusal to leash Toto is actually how the famous movie begins. The story starts with the little terrier and Dorothy running home in a panic. Dorothy tells of Toto running through Miss Gulch's garden and chasing her cat. Miss Gulch hit Toto with a rake, and the dog bit her.
Miss Gulch arrived at the Gale homestead and showed a warrant for the dog to be disposed of. Despite Dorothy's protests, Auntie Em realized she had to follow the law.
Realizing Miss Gulch would probably come back for the dog, Dorothy decided to run away. Their first stop? Sharing hot dogs with a traveling psychic. He showed them that Auntie Em was worried. Feeling guilty, Dorothy started to go back home. But, upon arriving home, a tornado came and brought her, Toto and their house to Munchkinland where they met the Good Witch of the North and the Bad Wicked Witch of the West. The Wicked Witch wanted to kill Dorothy because her house killed The Witch of the East. That's when the good witch Glenda, asks Dorothy that famous question: Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Let's change that around a little and ask:
Are you a bad owner or a good owner?
Scene: When the tornado hits the house, Dorothy and Toto are spun around in a violent whirl with the windows wide open. Why weren't there any window screens in Dorothy's bedroom? What if Toto had fallen out of the window during the tornado?
Scene: Even after her brush with Miss Gulch, we still don't see a leash anywhere in the movie: not when Dorothy entered the unfamiliar Munchkinland, not in the scary forest with the lions and tigers and bears, nor the loud and smokey chambers of the Wizard. Has Dorothy forgotten she's not in Kansas anymore?
Scene: In spite of her dog care mistakes, Dorothy defended Toto like she was a Presidential bodyguard. When the Cowardly Lion threatened to eat Toto, Dorothy slapped the bigger animal hard. She even offered to give the Wicked Witch her protective ruby slippers in hopes Toto's life would be spared.
Scene: In Oz, when Dorothy and her two legged friends were groomed, so was Toto!
Scene: As she waited in the Wizard's hot air balloon, Dorothy was sure she was going home. As the Wizard lifted the anchors, Toto jumped out to chase a cat. Dorothy ran after him, possibly losing her chance to get home forever.
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