Showbusiness can be a dog-eat-dog world - especially when there's a part in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical up for grabs.
The composer is looking for a canine
star to play Dorothy's loyal companion Toto in his production of The Wizard of Oz.
But it has to be said that it was the owners who were the most competitive. In the 1939 movie version starring Judy Garland, Toto was played by a black Cairn Terrier called Terry - who was paid more than the actors playing the Munchkins.
Bidding to be top dog at the start of the two-day audition process, taking place rather appropriately near Kenilworth, Warwickshire, was a motley assortment
Once inside, pockets of treats proved a handy enticement
to displaying tricks of the paw-waving and head-tilted
'We're looking for dogs with a spring in their step and in tip-top
condition,' said the instructions from the Toto selection panel.
'Our winning Toto will need to be confident, as they will be around lots of people and dogs in new environments.
'Finally, the Toto panel
are looking for a true star. The winning doggy will have bags of personality and not be afraid to show it off.'