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Uggie, The Artist: My Story. By Uggie (2012)

by Uggie(Favorite Author)
3.86 of 5 Votes: 4
0007492901 (ISBN13: 9780007492909)
HarperCollins Publishers
review 1: UggieAt last the true and inspiring story of how a Jack Russell terrier rose from a lost dog in a pound to sniffing the rich and famous on the red carpet at the Oscars. Uggie, the true star of The Artist, is the narrator of his own biography and enthusiastically reveals the secrets of training dogs – apparently it’s something to do with sausages, his days on the street or at the circus performing tricks with his handler, Omar and his undying love for Reese Witherspoon.It’s a real rags to riches as who could have known that a non-speaking role in such a successful film could lead to Uggie leaving his pawprints on Sunset Boulevard for posterity ? Along the way we are introduced to Omar, his new Wife, Mrs Omar and they growing family as well as Uggie’s canine friends ... moreand companions. Although retired now, Uggie’s getting on in dog years as he’s 15, he can reflect back on a life less ordinary.I bought this as a Christmas present for a friend and I do like to read a book before wrapping it out of force of habit. Also it would be a light, frothy read which it is. But it also sheds like on performing animals whether on film, TV and on the streets. Do they suffer, are they ‘made’ to perform, is there any cruelty involved and Uggie meets other animal handlers along the way as their charges, and he, audition for parts etc. As a life long cat fancier I did think whilst reading it ‘You would never get a cat to do any of this’. They’re too busy posing and thinking ‘You’re looking at me really not George Clooney’.I fear that Uggie’s time in the sun may be short but how many other rescue dogs have an Oscar above their kennel?
review 2: Loved this book, for anyone who needs to be uplifted and read something light, this is the book for you. Filled with humor and love, this autobiography is written by a New York Times writer and is exceptionally entertaining for dog lovers, people interested in film production and those looking for a cute tale and a good story. Uggie, is the terrier in the films "The Artist" and "Water for Elephants"; he tells his story of almost becoming a pound dog but being rescued by an animal trainer in California and how he becomes the trainer's most talented star. He tells his rise to fame, what it is like since his movie won Best Picture honors, his awards and his love for Reese Witherspoon. Uggie will steal your heart, he did mine! less
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The book was cute, and fun to read! Maybe one day I'll get to meet the adorable Uggie himself!
The book purports to be the memoir of a Jack Russell terrier, but the viewpoint is undoglike.
Heartwarming, adorable, a must-read for any dog lover!
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