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Sunday 24 September 2017

Canine star Uggie launches book

Uggie the dog, star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist, has published his memoir
Uggie the dog, star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist, has published his memoir

Uggie the Jack Russell terrier star of Oscar-winning film The Artist has published his life story.

Uggie: The Artist: My Story explains his rise from humble beginnings to being one of the most recognised dogs in the world. The book is written by British author Wendy Holden who "channelled" Uggie's thoughts via owner Omar Von Muller.

Uggie met fans at Waterstones in High Street Kensington, west London, after jetting in from a promotional tour of Paris.

As an unruly nine-month-old puppy, Uggie had been destined for the dog pound but was rescued by animal trainer Mr Von Muller. Since then, he has starred in a number of television adverts and had minor roles in films before being cast as Queenie alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in 2011's Water for Elephants.

So enamoured was he with Reese, he dedicated his book to her - "For Reese, my love, my light."

Mr Von Muller said: "He was crazy about Reece. One of the only people I've ever seen distract Uggie was her."

But it was his role as Jean Dujardin's sidekick in silent film The Artist that turned him into a superstar.

In February this year, Mr Von Muller made the decision to retire Uggie now aged 10, from full-time feature films.

Rejecting a sequel appearance, he said: "He's way too old to be able to take those type of hours any more. In The Artist we were shooting 10-16 hours every day and back then he was full of energy. Now I don't think he could handle it."

But Mr Von Muller said: "He's young at heart, he still has quite a bit of energy and he's still a happy dog."

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