Uggie Shines a Spotlight on Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canines

UggieA canine whose charisma helped an homage to the silent screen era win a coveted golden statue on Oscar night in 2012 recently used his star wattage to shine a spotlight on dogs with hearts of gold.

On February 6th The Artist star Uggie and his doting Dad, trainer Omar Von Muller, paid a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida to regale Rover-loving fans with the Jack Russell Terrier’s adoption tale; show off some of his showbiz skills and meet some of the 19 volunteer dogs who brighten the days of the clinic’s patients and waiting room visitors through the Caring Canines program. The celebrity Spot also happily accepted the role of an honorary Caring Canine during the event.

“The Caring Canines play a valuable role in supporting Mayo Clinic’s commitment to the healing of mind, body and spirit,” says Peter Dorsher, M.D., chair of Mayo’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “Uggie’s impact on people worldwide is further evidence of the human/animal bond and how it can improve our health and well-being. We’re delighted to have him meet our volunteer dogs.”

Later this year Uggie will be honored with The Global Conference Institute’s Healthcare Humanitarian Award.

Note: Uggie is celebrating his birthday on February 13th, and asks in lieu of gifts that all his fans help Fidos and felines who want nothing more than to land a starring role in the heart and home of a loving pet parent:


Photo Credit: Amazon; Twitter/Uggie The Artist

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.