He made an indelible impression on the hearts of both film-and Fido-loving fans in a silver screen tribute to cinema’s past, and thanks to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Uggie’s presence in motion pictures has been immortalized for future generations.
Although other celebrity Spots have earned spots on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, since the first star stepped into wet concrete for posterity in 1927 Rovers have never been represented at the Hollywood landmark until now.
On June 25th the talented Jack Russell Terrier, whose acting ability helped The Artist win an Oscar for Best Picture, pressed his paws in cement during a ceremony which also served as a retirement party for the 10-year-old pooch, who may be stepping away from the camera’s bright lights, but will continue to shine a spotlight on charities.
Using the opportunity to stress the option of adoption, Hello magazine reports that Uggie’s trainer/pet parent Omar Van Muller– who welcomed his barking buddy into his life when Uggie’s original guardians planned to take the pup to the pound– told the crowd:
“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.”
Photo Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.