Uggie the artist
Uggie the artist was born in the U.S. state of Florida in 2002. From birth, the dog has a distinctive energetic character, because of which its first owners would take it to a dog shelter. But fortunately, the temperamental dog was spotted and taken by a professional Californian dog breeder Omar von Muller. The dog was very smart and very willing to work. Officially retired from show-business, the world’s most famous dog has appeared with memoir “Uggie, My Story”, which was published in the US, UK and France in October 2012. The book tells the story of Uggie’s rise from abandoned puppy to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. So the ten-year-old Jack Russell terrier, who starred in The Artist, has taken a path well-trodden by many retired Hollywood bipeds – writing his memoirs.
What’s Up Scarlett, 2005
Wassup Rockers, 2005
Mr. Fix It, 2006
Water for Elephants, 2011
The Artist, 2011
The Campaign, 2012
On February 8, 2012, Uggie was named as Nintendo’s first-ever spokesdog. He won the Palm Dog Award for best performance by a canine at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, for his role as “Jack” in The Artist.
He has also received a special mention at the Prix Lumière Awards, the French equivalent of the Golden Globes. Uggie and Cosmo shared the prize for “Best performance by an animal”, awarded by The Seattle Times movie critic Moira MacDonald.
On June 25 2012, was the first dog ever to be invited to immortalize his pawprints in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Boulevard and the City of Los Angeles declared the date Uggie Day.
Owner Mr Von Muller has praised the rescue dog for changing his life. ‘He has achieved so much. But there are lots of Uggies out there, all they need is a loving home and they will flourish,’ he said. So the ten-year-old Jack Russell terrier, who starred in The Artist, has taken a path well-trodden by many retired Hollywood bipeds – writing his memoirs.
He relied on the assistance of British journalist Wendy Holden to complete the book.
The book tells the story of Uggie’s rise from abandoned puppy to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars under the guidance of his owner, dog trainer Omar Von Muller. Miss Holden said: ‘Uggie’s journey from a rescue dog to star of the silver screen is a classic rags to riches story which can happen to animals as well as humans.’
Uggie’s retirement was announced in February after he began suffering from a ‘shaking syndrome’ caused by a neurological disorder. Lorna Fortuin, a portrait painter from London, said: ‘I love watching his response to people. It was amazing to see a dog react like that on film.’