Uggie will woof for Pets of Valor Award

05:00 AM, Feb 27, 2013

Uggie, the adorable pooch from Academy Award-winning film "The Artist", has been named spokesdog for The Humane Society of the United States' Pets of Valor Award. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY/


Written By by Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAY

A year has passed since The Artist won the best picture Oscar. But Uggie, the silent film’s canine heartthrob, is still making headlines

Certainly more than his human co-star, Jean Dujardin, who won best actor for his role as a washed-up matinee idol. (To be fair, Dujardin, who just handed out the best actress honor on Sunday to Jennifer Lawrence, is in two big movies this year, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and George Clooney’s The Monuments Men).

The Jack Russell terrier, who last year had a memoir published, put in a cameo opposite Will Ferrell in The Campaign and became the first pooch to place his paw prints in cement outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, has just been named the spokesdog for The Human Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor Award.

The honor is given to rescued or adopted dogs and cats who have shown courage in helping a person in need. Uggie will be on hand when the winner is announced June 2.

He did hesitate at first when he heard that cats were to be included,” says Omar Von Muller, Uggie’s trainer and owner. “But now he likes the idea of having an excuse to bark for them, instead of at them.”

Those who wish to nominate animals who performed heroic acts between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 can go to humanesociety.org/pets of valor. Five finalists will be selected and the winner will be chosen by a public online vote that runs May 24-31 this year.