Signed with a paw, Uggie the autobi-dog-raphy: Jack Russell star of The Artist releases book about his life
00:48 GMT, 31 October 2012
From high-fiving to playing dead, Uggie has mastered every trick he has turned his paw to. Except, it seems, doing nothing.
Despite officially retiring from showbusiness earlier this year, the world’s most famous dog just couldn’t resist one last lick of the limelight.
So the ten-year-old Jack Russell terrier, who starred in The Artist, has taken a path well-trodden by many retired Hollywood bipeds – writing his memoirs.
Uggie the Jack Russell was the star attraction at a book signing in London yesterday
Say cheese! Uggie lapped up the attention from his fans at the event
He relied on the assistance of British journalist Wendy Holden to complete the book. But he wouldn’t be the first screen star to have a little behind-the-scenes help on the writing front.
Judging by the crowds queuing around the block to give Uggie a pat on the head at his first British book signing yesterday, his fans are only too delighted to see him take on the literary world.
If he was tired after jetting in from promotional appearances in Paris, he didn’t show it, performing tricks for his adoring audience under the glare of dozens of cameras at Waterstones book shop in Kensington.
Looking every inch the screen star in his studded collar with an elaborate gold bone pendant, he also signed copies of Uggie: The Artist – My Story with a neat paw print.
The book tells the story of Uggie’s rise from abandoned puppy to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars under the guidance of his owner, dog trainer Omar Von Muller.
Uggie, seen here with co-star Brnice Bejo in a scene from the film which made him famous, The Artist
Uggie has even tasted Oscar glory in his career, with Jean Dujardin accepting the award for Best Picture
Miss Holden, from Suffolk, said she contacted Mr Von Muller about working on a book after seeing Uggie appear in The Artist as Jack, the trusty sidekick of fading matinee idol George Valentin, played by Jean Dujardin.
Miss Holden said: ‘Uggie’s journey from a rescue dog to star of the silver screen is a classic rags to riches story which can happen to animals as well as humans.’
Uggie got his big break appearing alongside Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon in the drama Water For Elephants. But it was the Oscar-winning film The Artist that catapulted him to global stardom and awards glory. He even became the first dog to have his prints immortalised on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Uggie's fame has reached far and wide, as demonstrated by the queue outside Waterstones in Kensington for his public appearance to promote his book
I've got this licked: Fan Wendy Coumantaros receives a kiss from Uggie
Uggie poses with his co-author Wendy Holden (left), and his trainer Omar von Muller
Uggie’s retirement was announced in February after he began suffering from a ‘shaking syndrome’ caused by a neurological disorder. But there were no signs of health problems yesterday as he greeted his fans – who were thrilled to meet their canine ‘hero’ in the fur.
Lorna Fortuin, a portrait painter from London, said: ‘I love watching his response to people. It was amazing to see a dog react like that on film.’
Jerry Coles, 41, from Richmond-upon-Thames, added: ‘I loved The Artist, I just think Uggie’s a hero. My mum’s got a Jack Russell so I bought a copy of the book for her to get a signed copy for Christmas.’
Owner Mr Von Muller has praised the rescue dog for changing his life. ‘He has achieved so much. But there are lots of Uggies out there, all they need is a loving home and they will flourish,’ he said.
The book, 'Uggie: The Artist: My Story' tells the story of the Jack Russell's rise to Hollywood stardom
Adoring fans even got the chance to pet the lovable doggy, proving fame hasn't gone to his head
Some of the lucky ones to meet Uggie even got a signed copy of the book
It wasn't just human fans who turned up to see Uggie the film star dog, some of his own kind wanted to see the famous animal too