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Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Uggie to retire after cementing paws in history at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (photos)


Uggie is honored at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday. (ROBYN BECK - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
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.


Uggie puts his paw into cement as he is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre. (ROBYN BECK - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)


Uggie attends the pawprint ceremony. (Joe Kohen - JOE KOHEN/INVISION/AP)


Uggie gets a kiss from Lassie, a descendant of the original Lassie, at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre. (ROBYN BECK - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)


Uggie was celebrated during a ceremony Monday with a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant and golden bow-tie collar. (Joe Kohen - JOE KOHEN/INVISION/AP)


Uggie with Lassie (L) and Rin Tin Tin. (MARIO ANZUONI - REUTERS)


Uggie poses after he cast his paw prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre. (Kevork Djansezian - GETTY IMAGES)


Owner/trainer Omar Von Muller of Uggie shows Uggie's paws after the paw prints were cast in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre. (Kevork Djansezian - GETTY IMAGES)


Uggie is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre. (ROBYN BECK - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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