Uggie, the beloved four-legged star of “The Artist,” was immortalized at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Monday as he imprinted his paws in cement and history at a ceremony that also marked his retirement from the film industry.
“The main message that Uggie would like to send to everybody out there is to please adopt,” Uggie's trainer, Omar Van Muller, said on his behalf, according to the Associated Press. “He’s adopted. He made it. If you guys can adopt a dog, even if they don’t make it on the big screen, they’ll be big stars at your house.”
Indeed, according to Muller, Uggie was given away by his first two families for being too wild and was headed for the pound. After being rescued by Muller, the now 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier went on to star in “What’s Up, Scarlet?” and later with Robert Pattinson in “Water for Elephants.”
He became a bona fide star after appearing alongside Jean Dujardin in the silent film “The Artist,” winning a Golden Collar Award for the role.
Monday’s ceremony was attended by fellow doglebrities, Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, who have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. June 25 was deemed “Uggie Day” in Los Angeles, according to the AP.
The occasion also marked the release of the “The Artist,” winner of best picture and four other awards at the 2012 Oscars, on DVD and Blu-Ray. (Please note Uggie’s prominent position on the Blu-ray cover.)
If you’re anything like me, then you’ve become quite attached to this tiny pup over the last year. It’s hard to believe this is the end of the road. Hopefully, Uggie will bring his adorable self out of retirement to to promote his upcoming memoir.
See more photos of Uggie’s ceremony below.