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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Uggie, dog star from ‘The Artist,’ to retire


Uggie visits The Empire State Building with his trainer Omar von Muller. (Andy Kropa - Getty Images)
Uggie is preparing to hang up his collar for good.

The four-legged breakout star of the Oscar-nominated film, “The Artist,” will retire from making movies after he attends the Golden Collar Awards in late February. He’s nominated for his role in the silent French film, as well as his work in “Water for Elephants.”

“Uggie's still enjoying it but he’s getting up there and he’s slowing down a little,” Sarah Clifford, one of the dog’s trainers, told the Hollywood Reporter. “He’s at the stage where he just says, ‘I think I want to go and lay in the sun by the pool.’”

But don’t despair completely, Uggie lovers. The 10-year-old Jack Russell Terrier may still do short films and commercials, Clifford told THR. And the pup’s younger brother Dash will continue on in place of his sibling, Omar von Muller, his other trainer, told Life and Style.

Uggie is, arguably, one of the best things to come out of this awards season, between his great performance at the Golden Globes and the fantastic (but failed) campaign to make him an Oscar nominee. But that doesn’t mean he gives everyone a warm-and-fuzzy feeling.

Christopher Plummer recently told Newsweek that Cosmo, his canine co-star from “Beginners,” is “the better dog.” But based on this video of Cosmo, who is also nominated for a Golden Collar, and Uggie at a photo shoot for the THR, they seem to get along just fine.

Watch the video, and see more pictures from Uggie’s recent trip to the Empire State Building, below.


Uggie visits The Empire State Building with his trainer Omar von Muller. (Andy Kropa - Getty Images)


Uggie visits The Empire State Building. (Andy Kropa - Getty Images)


Uggie visits The Empire State Building. (Andy Kropa - Getty Images)

By  |  10:07 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Uggie

 
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