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'Uggie: My Story' is a dog-gone good read

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Uggie: My Story
With those big brown eyes and adorable face, a person might be shocked to learn that Uggie, the beloved star of the Oscar-winning film "The Artist" wasn't always such a good and noble guy.

There were dark days in this pup's past. Dark, dark days.

Did you know this multi-talented actor with a cute and cuddly demeanor was a known cat killer? Neither did I. But it just goes to show that even with darkness in our past, the future can be bright.

In "Uggie: My Story," the star dishes dirt on co-stars, calls out Pal the collie, who played Lassie, for being an imposter and shows he's not afraid to butt heads with Hollywood heavyweights such as Martin Scorsese.

Moving up in the industry, Uggie has had his struggles while rising to the top. As with other troubled and talented actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Uggie has walked on the wrong side of the law from time to time.

First there was Cat-Gate, followed by Poop-Gate, Goat-Gate, Puddle-Gate... I think you get the picture. In true Jack Russell fashion, Uggie is a rascal at heart.

The autobiography talks about Uggie's rise in the industry, culminating in his starring in award-winning film "The Artist."

The Jack Russell regales us with tales of his loves along the way, namely Reese Witherspoon, his co-star in "Water for Elephants," as well as Uggie-huggers such as pop superstar Katy Perry.

We also get the to know more about the man who gave Uggie a second and third and fourth -- how high are those second chances up to now, Uggie?

After the infamous Cat-Gate, Omar Von Muller took over care for Uggie, began his training, and as they say, the rest is history.

Speaking of history, Uggie is the first dog to have his paw prints imprinted in cement outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater.

"Uggie: My Story" is a wonderful read filled with humor and heartfelt moments told by one of the industry's icons.

If you love Uggie (and seriously, folks, who doesn't?), you have to read this book. The Uggster's personality comes through on every page and reaffirms that, even though he walks on four legs, he's one of the best talents there is in Tinsle Town.

My Take: A definite must read. A+