People always take it a little harder in movies when the dog dies, and the same came be said of life. It will surely be devastating news for some this morning, but it is being reported that Uggie has passed away. The canine was 13 years old. That's 91 in dog years, for anyone counting. He is said to have lived a full and healthy life.
Uggie was a Jack Russell terrier. He became well-known for his scene stealing role in the 2011 Oscar-winning movie The Artist. The dog was euthanized this past Friday after a bout with prostate cancer. He was part of Omar Von Muller's family. Omar lives in Los Angeles and is a famous animal trainer. He reported the news of the canine's passing on Wednesday. He stated the following.
"He was a real friend. He was very special."
Omar Von Muller plans to bury the dog in his backyard. In The Artist, Uggie starred as the canine companion of Jean Dujardin's fading silent movie star. The film went onto win an Academy Award for Best Picture, Lead Actor and Best Director in 2011. Uggie shared scenes in The Artist with his brother Dash and another Jack Russell named Dude.
Uggie also had starring roles in the 2011 drama Water for Elephants, where he appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz, as well as the 2006 movie Mr. Fix It, appearing opposite David Boreanaz and Scoot McNairy. Uggie retired in 2012 in a ceremony at the world famous Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. There, he became the first dog to ever leave his paw prints in concrete, something Lassie nor Benji never achieved in their careers (though, to be fair, they were played by a variety of other dogs over the years).
Uggie was also special in that he was a rescue dog. It was a cause championed by guardian Omar Von Muller. At the paw print ceremony, the trainer had this to say.
"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."
Omar Von Muller is also an advocate for Dog exercise, and stated that he kept Uggie in shape and feeling young by having him work out daily on a tread mill. The trainer first posted about Uggie's death on his Facebook page, stating the following.
"We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie's fans that our beloved boy has passed away. We were not planning on posting anything until we healed a little more but unfortunately somebody leaked it to TMZ and they will be announcing it. In short, Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain. Thank you for your support, I will not be reading any comments for a while as it is too painful at the moment."