Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr
Uggie dog actor and rescue dog has mystery shaking syndrome. Omar Von Muller, who owns and trains the Artist canine co-star says, “It’s very sad but he is suffering from a mystery shaking syndrome. It is a neurological disorder and we’ve spent thousands on vets’ bills trying to figure out what is causing it but the experts don’t really know. This is beyond what is normal for the breed, but all the vets can tell us, after all the scans and tests, is that it is neurological and he is not suffering. It is a shame this has happened when he is getting the biggest success of his career but we feel the best thing to do is to retire him after the Oscars.”
It’s great to see that Uggie has a concerned and responsible owner who has decided to let his dog enjoy his older years without the pressures of the silver screen. At 10 years old, which would be considered 70 years old in dog years, Uggie can now relax and retire in dignity and with fame fresh in the air and having appeared on just about every major talk show in America, he has now deserved a break.
Uggie Dog Actor and Rescue Dog Has Mystery Shaking Syndrome
He might have been one-tenth the size of all the other Oscar guests, but it was hard not to miss Uggie at Sunday night’s 84th annual Academy Awards.
When he walked onto the stage to help accept the Best Picture award for The Artist, the adorable Jack Russell terrier wore an eye-catching collar custom-designed for him by Chopard.
The collar features a black satin bow tie and a charm made of 18 karat yellow gold inscribed with his name. The piece will be auctioned, and the proceeds will benefit The Amanda Foundation, an animal rescue organization.
“I was completely charmed by Uggie’s role in The Artist,” said Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele. “Knowing that Uggie is a rescue dog, it inspired me to create a unique piece to benefit an important cause.” (Original story here)
Uggie, the canine costar of The Artist, looked his absolute best ascending the podium to accept the Best Picture Oscar alongside director Michel Hazanavicius, stars Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and other cast and crewmembers.
For his big moment, Uggie wore a custom-made Chopard bowtie of 18 carat gold and satin. Designed by Chopard’s Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele, the dog-boned shaped charm featured Uggie’s name; now that Uggie’s big night is over, the piece will be auctioned off with proceeds going to The Amanda Foundation, which helps homeless animals.
Sadly, the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier (who is the constant companion of Dujardin’s character, George Valentin, in The Artist) is retiring from film due to a mysterious neurological disorder, one he suffered through while shooting the film.
“It comes and goes,” trainer Omar Von Muller told the Daily Mail recently. “It is a shame this has happened when he is getting the biggest success of his career, but we feel the best thing to do is to retire him after the Oscars.”
Sarah Clifford helped train Uggie for the film and marveled about his dramatic skills. “There was a take where Uggie actually reached out and tried to pull the gun out of his (Jean’s) hand with his mouth. He put his mouth on Jean’s hand and started pulling his hand. We were so stunned. He wasn’t told to do that.” (Original story here)
Uggie dog actor and rescue dog has mystery shaking syndrome, but he will always be remembered for his acting ability along with his endearing antics. The popularity of the Jack Russell will no doubt get a boost as Uggies fame continues to rise. This breed of dog is a great choice due to its remarkable desire to please along with its playful and energetic disposition.