Signed with a paw, Uggie the autobi-dog-raphy: Jack Russell star of The Artist releases book about his life


Uggie the Jack Russell was the star attraction at a book signing in London yesterday

From high-fiving to playing dead, Uggie has mastered every trick he has turned his paw to. Except, it seems, doing nothing.
Despite officially retiring from showbusiness earlier this year, the world’s most famous dog just couldn’t resist one last lick of the limelight.
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.

Say cheese! Uggie lapped up the attention from his fans at the event

He relied on the assistance of British journalist Wendy Holden to complete the book. But he wouldn’t be the first screen star to have a little behind-the-scenes help on the writing front.
Judging by the crowds queuing around the block to give Uggie a pat on the head at his first British book signing yesterday, his fans are only too delighted to see him take on the literary world.

Uggie, seen here with co-star Bérénice Bejo in a scene from the film which made him famous, The Artist

If he was tired after jetting in from promotional appearances in Paris, he didn’t show it, performing tricks for his adoring audience under the glare of dozens of cameras at Waterstones book shop in Kensington.
Looking every inch the screen star in his studded collar with an elaborate gold bone pendant, he also signed copies of Uggie: The Artist – My Story with a neat paw print.
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.

Uggie, seen here with co-star Bérénice Bejo in a scene from the film which made him famous, The Artist

Miss Holden, from Suffolk, said she contacted Mr Von Muller about working on a book after seeing Uggie appear in The Artist as Jack, the trusty sidekick of fading matinee idol George Valentin, played by Jean Dujardin.
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 got his big break appearing alongside Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon in the drama Water For Elephants. But it was the Oscar-winning film The Artist that catapulted him to global stardom and awards glory. He even became the first dog to have his prints immortalised on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Uggie has even tasted Oscar glory in his career, with Jean Dujardin accepting the award for Best Picture

I've got this licked: Fan Wendy Coumantaros receives a kiss from Uggie

Uggie poses with his co-author Wendy Holden (left), and his trainer Omar von Muller

The book, 'Uggie: The Artist: My Story' tells the story of the Jack Russell's rise to Hollywood stardom

It wasn't just human fans who turned up to see Uggie the film star dog, some of his own kind wanted to see the famous animal too

source: dailymail