Uggie, a rescue dog who was saved from being sent to the pound by his trainer Omar Von Muller, has starred in commercials and made the dog talent show circuit in the United States and South America. He got his big break in show business when he starred in the 2011 movie Water for Elephants
and The Artist,
also in 2011. His role in The Artist
won him a Palm Dog award in Cannes
Those that did not see and fall in love with Uggie in The Artist
were quickly won over when he struck an impromptu pose with a mini Oscar award after the movie won 5 Academy Awards.
Uggie strutted his stuff on the red carpet along with all the other movie stars during the 2012 Academy Awards, being greeted by two legged and four legged fans alike. He was interviewed as he walked the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards by HollyscoopTV
as his adoring fans looked on.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live
in February, Uggie made several Oscar predictions. He even made an appearance with his trainer on the Ellen
show back in January.
Uggie was immortalized and joined the ranks of stars such as Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Charlton Heston and George Burns when he became the first dog to cement his paws outside the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in June of this year. To celebrate the occasion Uggie had a fire hydrant shaped cake and golden bow-tie collar, and arrived to the ceremony on a fire truck. Lassie and Rin Tin Tin joined in the celebration as well.
During the ceremony Uggie's trainer, Omar Van Muller told the crowd:
"The main message that Uggie would like to send to everybody out there is to please adopt. He's adopted. He made it. If you guys can adopt a dog, even if they don't make it on the big screen, they'll be big stars at your house."
Uggie decided to retire from show business after the Academy Awards. He has spent his newly found spare time writing his memoir entitled Uggie: My Story.
The book is dedicated to his celebrity crush and Water for Elephants co-star Reese Witherspoon.
According to CTV News
, Uggie tells his fans about "Cat-Gate" and how he got drunk after sipping champagne from a glass left on the floor.
An Amazon review of his book says:
I’m so famous now that The New York Times plugged my autobiography. “Uggie will bark all in a memoir,” it announced. Well, I’ve certainly had a lot to bark about lately.
quotes Uggie as saying:
"I may be the first dog to win an Oscar and write a best-seller but my most important work is with animal rescue. Please adopt - and if you must buy, buy my book!"