He won the hearts of millions as a quadruped star “actor” (The Artist) and now the 10-year old Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, won the world of literature with a little bit of human help.
In the book called My Story, Uggie describes his rise from humble beginnings to the status of one of the most famous dogs in the world. The book was written by British writer Wendy Holden.
As a nine month old puppy Uggie was supposed to be taken into an asylum for dogs, but was saved by an animal trainer Omar von Muller. Since then he starred in a series of TV commercials and had minor roles in movies before he was taken to act as “Queenie” with Reese Whiterspoon and Robert Pattinson in “Water for Elephants” in 2011.
Uggie won the “Palm Dog” award at Cannes in 2011 and left his “footprints” in front of the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.
However, in his more adult years, Uggie suffered from a neurological disorder of which he begun to shake. “He is young at heart, has a lot of energy and is still a happy dog,” says Von Miller.
On February this year, Von Miller decided to retire Uggie, at least when it comes to feature in movies.
In the meantime, this Terrier didn’t yet fully abandon the Hollywood spotlight. Recently he starred in the movie “The Campaign” with Will Farrell.
“I’ve always said that he has the quality of a Hollywood star, and it’s quite a coincidence that he was born as a dog,” says Holden.
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