Uggie has made his bid for Hollywood immortality.
The canine star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist became the first dog to put its paw prints in cement outside the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
The rambunctious Jack Russell terrier was celebrated at a treat-laden ceremony outside the landmark as Councilman Tom LaBonge declared it “Uggie Day” in Los Angeles.
“The main message that Uggie would like to send to everybody out there is to please adopt,” Uggie’s trainer, Omar Van Muller, 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.”
The event also marked Uggie’s retirement from show business. Van Muller said Uggie, whose other film credits include Mr. Fix It and Water for Elephants, would no longer star in films but would appear at charity events and other functions.
Uggie, who arrived at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in a fire truck, was bestowed with a golden bow-tie collar and given a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant after performing tricks for photographers and tourists lining a red carpet.
While Uggie is the first canine to be showcased at Grauman’s courtyard, three dogs — Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart — have stars on the nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Associated Press