It’s a sad, sad day in the animal kingdom as arguably one of the most adored pooches of all time hangs up his acting collar. Yes, it’s true: Uggie, the scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier who played sidekick to Jean Dujardin in The Artist, is retiring. His trainers Omar Von Muller and Sarah Clifford have announced that the camera-loving canine is ready to bid farewell to the red carpet at the ripe old age of 10 for scruffier pastures.
Needless to say, it’s been a busy year for Uggie. He first wooed audiences as Queenie in last year’s Water for Elephants and continued his rise in The Artist, where he loyally braved fire to save George Valentin. Plus, the fact that this tiny terrier evoked the ‘Aww’ heard around the world at the Golden Globes when the cast of The Artist took the stage should speak to his star power.
But Uggie hasn’t rolled over and played dead for the last time – the pooch will make an appearance at the Golden Collar Awards (a canine awards show) on Feb. 13, where he is twice nominated. As for the Oscars, we can only keep our fingers, toes (and for some, tails) crossed that Uggie will grace us with his presence once more.
Are you brushing away a tear (or two or three, in my case), PopWatchers? Will Uggie go down in your film vault as the cutest dog in silver screen history? Let us know in the comments below.