The Artist's Uggie The Dog Writes Memoir
If you thought you'd seen the last of Uggie, the adorable Jack Russell terrier who many claimed was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor at last year's Academy Awards — even though just about everyone else on the film got a nod, if not a win — think again. The 10-year-old pooch (70 in dog years) has finally put out a book about his life, appropriately titled, Uggie: My Story, by Gallery Books.
In the doggie tale, co-written by author and animal psychic Wendy Holden, who was able to interpret some of Uggie's less decipherable dictation due to her advanced and unique abilities, Uggie opens up about his history in Hollywood, which was far from a sure thing. In fact, at one point, The Artist and Water for Elephants star was legitimately down-and-out. "He wasn't some pedigree dog born into this," Holden insists of her subject. "He was destined for the pound. He has this extraordinary story."
In the book, Uggie also talks about some of his deepest affections and loves — including Water for Elephants costar Reese WItherspoon, whom he respectfully calls "Miss W."
"I adored her," Uggie writes of Reese. "On or off screen, the atmosphere between us was electrically charged," writes Uggie. "Recently divorced and with two small children, Miss W was surely in need of a new leading man in her life? … I never really got what the fuss was over Mr. P by the way (or RPattz, as his fans call him). On any given day there'd be hordes of young female humans screaming for him at the studio gates, but the supposedly smoldering biped couldn't even skateboard as well as me."
In all seriousness, though, Uggie, whose owner, Omar von Muller, 50, marvels at his pup's abilities, does seem to have remarkable talents for a canine his age. "He goes from being asleep to action immediately. He's like, 'Let's do this,'" von Muller told USA Today. "Uggie is a true star."
Uggie: My Story hits bookstores on Tuesday, October 16.
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