Note: the lovely Oma Linda of the blog http://lindaomasoldebaggsnstuftshirts.blogspot.com/ is hosting her second annual Celebrate Oz blog party today. Click on the link to visit Linda's blog, and to see the list of other party participants. We are off to see the Wizard!
A few days after Dorothy and Toto returned home from their adventures in Oz, Norris Newshound, reporter from the newspaper, "Barker's Chronicle", (their motto: "News for Dogs, and you can pee on it after") sat and stayed with Toto to learn his thoughts concerning his trip to see the Wizard.
NN: Toto, you don't look any worse for wear after your big trip.
Toto: Thanks, Norris, I don't feel too badly, though I am a little hoarse.
NN: There was a lot of barking?
Toto: Oh, you betcha! Tornadoes, wicked witches, weird Munchkins. And those trees!
NN: What about the trees, Toto?
Toto: Man, they were wild. They threw apples. I tried fetching them, but there were just too many. So I just barked and lifted my leg. You know how a dog loves a tree.
NN: Hmm, yes, well. Tell us a bit about your companions.
Toto: Well, you know I love Dorothy to death, but she has strange taste in friends. I mean, that Scarecrow tasted awful. You can't really sink your teeth into straw, you know. And every time you'd turn around, that Tin Man was calling for his oil can. I got a little tired of the "Oil can what?" joke. I mean, woof!
NN: Were you afraid of the Lion?
Toto: Are you serious? I could take him down with three paws tied behind my back.
NN: I understand the Flying Monkeys were rather terrifying.
Toto: Not much fun being carried away by one of those monkeys.
NN: It was painful and scary?
Toto: Naw, they just had a gawd-awful smell. Woof! You know, I like me some good smells. The Wicked Witch actually didn't smell that bad. Kinda like lollipops.
NN: You don't mean.......?
Toto: Yep, that Munchkin Mayor told us there used to be a lot more representatives of the Lollipop Guild.
NN: So Toto, you were a hero, weren't you, since you were the one who discovered the Wizard imposter.
Toto: Oh, sure, I decided it was "Curtains" for that guy. What a maroon.
NN: Do you think you would like to return to Oz some time, Toto?
Toto: Yeah, I think so. You know, they have that Horse of a Different Color? I heard they also have a Dog of a Thousand Smells, and that she ain't fixed! Woof, woof!
NN: Good dog, Toto. And this concludes our interview. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Glad you returned safely.
Toto: Thanks, Norris. There's no place like home, unless there's big juicy steak at the neighbor's.