46 thoughts on “Your Moment of Zen:

  1. He’s cute. I’m not saying I’d give him as a gift, mind you, but he’s cuter than I was expecting.

  2. I want to put one in a dimly lit room in my home and hear my husband’s started reaction.


    I would never do so, but I want to. I wonder if these two things cancel each other out, leaving me a neutral person?

  3. Yeesh. All I can say-Miss Gulch wouldn’t have been cackling “And your little dog too!”, she’d have been screaming and running to the hills!

    Poor Amazon Toto!

  4. It’s not as creepy looking as the product description photo.
    Inquiring minds want to know:
    Does the basket top close? and Latch? Is there enough surface area to maybe put a weight on the lid? Do you have an extra dose of Frontline jusssst in case?

      1. No. The lids don’t even stay up. I tried to brace them and they kept falling on the dog’s head.

    1. The basket is like a picnic basket, the two halves of the lid hinging in the middle. But it’s made of extremely cheap, thin, wood, so weights are out; it would splinter into nothing. There a loops, but they’re also flimsy.

      I think the fleas around here have more class than to go after this.

  5. I think some of you are being mean. To me, it looks like a publicity still from the movie.

    “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.” – Turner Classic Movies, 1998

    1. It would never make it to court…so the murder weapon was a house during a natural disaster, and the alleged murderess had never met the victim or been to the area before.

      The second time…hmm the lethal weapon was a bucket of soapy water?

      1. That’s my favorite Hallmark ornament. It has Dorothy with her three pals. After tossing the bucket of water on the witch you can see her slowly dissolving, while she mutters about a wicked world, ending with the soldiers giving an “All hail to Dorothy, the Wicked Witch is dead”.

      2. kay, it wouldn’t go to court in the US of A, but in Oz? They didn’t see any disaster – they saw a house drop on a Wicked Witch. I can’t remember from Wicked what Elphaba’s sister’s name is (besides ‘pancake’). Google delivers up Nessarose. Anyway, it was a typical case of prejudice that nobody arrested Dorothy – she only killed a wicked witch, not anyone important. All the Munchies hated her.

    2. Gary, I laughed! As I happen to hate the Wizard of Oz, that description works for me.

      Yeah, blasphemy. I hate it. When I was a child, that movie was always on at the holidays and our parents plopped us all down in front of the TV to watch it while they had adult time. I wanted to sit and read — preferably in another room, because that movie bothered me so much, even the sound — but noooo, couldn’t be allowed to do that. It’s possible that being forced to watch a movie I already disliked ticked the dial over to hatred.

      1. On the one hand, I’m glad you got a chuckle out of TCM’s description of the movie – I did, too.

        On the other hand, I’m sorry you had a poor experience with a “Childhood Classic.” I hope all the discussion of Evil Toto isn’t triggery.

        I mentioned in the Good Book Thursday post that I’m re-reading the Wearing the Cape series. The protagonist is Hope Corrigan, almost 19 when she has her “breakthrough” to achieve super powers. Her best friend forever used to make fun of her because she had a thing about creepy trees (from Babes in Toyland which she describes much as you describe tWoO), and about frogs (“Hey, they jump at you!”) and doctors and such. In a later book, she recruits Ozma of Oz to her team of Young Sentinels. In that book, Hope asks Ozma if what Baum and the others wrote was true. Ozma allows that they were entertainers, first, and writing mostly children’s books, so accuracy was not their primary goal.

  6. My niece’s school toy bunny is in better shape and that survived multiple washes and being played with by class rooms of over 30 children annually.

    I am hoping Jenny works her genius on Toto. I don’t know what is even possible, but I do remember that she made outfits for a flamingo at one point

  7. It’s brilliant! Now, what would Dorothy do to make it even worse? In a subtle kind of way. Maybe a tongue piercing?

  8. I can picture it on Antiques Roadshow. Did you get the box? The original box will add value. It could appeal to both people who collect movie and dog memorabilia.At the right auction; who knows?

  9. That is delightfully ghastly. And it made me laugh. I needed that. Thank you.

    1. No, no, your dog has personality. Although I did laugh when I saw the picture. She’s WONDERFUL.

      ETA: I went back and looked again. I want that dog. I want that dog in a book. That is an A+ character dog.

    2. LOL Rider has definitely lived! Eleven years ago, my sister-in-law found two small dogs that some bastard had dumped out in the desert. A couple weeks later, the female of the pair popped out a litter of puppies. I’d never had a small dog – growing up around livestock all my other dogs have been of the herding variety – but I’m a sucker for animals so I wound up with one of the puppies (my SIL still has Rider’s parents, so there were happy endings all around).

      Rider despises being a 15 lb, long-haired, foo-foo lapdog. In her mind, she’s something tall and sleek and intimidating. Maybe a Doberman. Five minutes after she’s bathed and brushed, she’ll have twigs and leaves tangled in her hair and a beard full of horse shit. She’s absolutely disgusting and proud of it. We’d both be honored if she wound up inspiring a future Crusie character dog!

      A couple more pics from the same snowy morning:


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