Uggie in Hollywood paw print honour
Every dog has its day - and Monday belonged to Uggie. The canine star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist became the first dog to put its paw prints in cement outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The rambunctious Jack Russell terrier was celebrated at a treat-laden ceremony outside the landmark as Councilman Tom LaBonge declared it "Uggie Day" in Los Angeles.
The event also marked Uggie's retirement from show business. Van Muller said Uggie, whose other film credits include Mr Fix It and Water for Elephants, would no longer star in films but would appear at charity events and other functions.
Uggie, who arrived at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in a fire truck, was bestowed with a golden bow-tie collar and given a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant after performing tricks for photographers and tourists lining a red carpet.
He was later joined by pooch pals Lassie and Rin Tin Tin and Artist actor Ken Davitian.
Uggie's Artist stand-ins - his brother Dash and another Jack Russell named Dude - were noticeably absent at Monday's festivities
The trio shared the role of the canine companion to Jean Dujardin's fading silent film star in The Artist. The movie won five trophies at the Academy Awards earlier this year, including the best picture prize.