Toto the dog is a character in L. Frank Baum's 1900 fantasy story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
. Toto is the pet of Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl who is blown "over the rainbow" into the magical land of Oz. Toto appeared in various "Oz" books written by Baum and others, but the dog became really famous after the release of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz
, starring Judy Garland
as Dorothy. The film became a popular classic with baby boomers, thanks in part to annual showings on network television. Toto was immortalized in Dorothy's famous line, "Toto... I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" and in the Wicked Witch of the West's dire threat to Dorothy: "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"