Uggie Named Spokesdog for the Humane Society's Pets of Valor Award
The adorable Jack Russell is back, and helping pets off screen in his spare time!Published February 28, 2013
Uggie the dog, the memorable Jack Russell who received praise for his canine acting in 2012's Best Picture-winning film The Artist, retired after this final film, choosing to ride off in to the sunset when he was on top of his game. While many surely missed the dog's presence on the Hollywood scene, Uggie didn't stay quiet in retirement, releasing his own autobiography to much fanfare. Uggie fans have even more to cheer about now, with the recent confirmation that, at least for one night, he will be back in show business.
That's because the Jack Russell has been selected by the Humane Society of the United States to be the spokesdog for the organization's Pets of Valor Award, according to a Yahoo! story. The award honors a "rescued or adopted dog or cat who has acted heroically to help a person in need,", according to the HSUS website.
As a high-profile pooch himself who was adopted by his owner and trainer, Omar Von Muller, Uggie seems to be the perfect choice for spokesdog for the award. Uggie's own personal life shows that adopted animals can make great pets and achieve success, and are certainly capable of heroics.
The Pets of Valor Award is set to be presented this summer on June 2nd. Pet owners can nominate their animals for the award on the HSUS website until March 31, at which point five finalists will be selected and a winner chosen through online voting from May 24-31.
What are your thoughts on the Pets of Valor Award and the decision to name Uggie its spokesdog? Tell us in a comment.