RIP Uggie: The Canine Star Of “The Artist” Dies

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

We’re hearing some sad news today – Jack Russell Terrier Uggie, the star of 2011’s award-winning film “The Artist”, has died at 13.

After battling with a prostate tumor, his dad, Omar von Muller, made the heartbreaking decision to put him to sleep on August 7. Confirmed via Facebook, von Muller stated that Uggie had a cancerous prostate tumor and is now in a better place where he’s not feeling pain.

Uggie rose to fame after starring in the Oscar-winning film “The Artist”, and won a “Palm Dog” award for best canine actor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. He went on to a featured role in the movie “Water for Elephants”, and was the spokesdog for Nintendo. Uggie was also the first dog to leave his footprints outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the von Muller family – thank you for the privilege of letting us get to know Uggie, even if it was for a short time. See you on the Rainbow Bridge.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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