28 Feb '12, 1am

'The Artist' canine star Uggie to retire

'The Artist' canine star Uggie to retire

LOS ANGELES: He won a canine version of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival -- and Uggie the dog was back in the spotlight as "The Artist" scooped top prizes at the Oscars on Sunday. But now the trick-performing, life-saving Jack Russell is hanging up his dog collar, said his trainer, adding that the four-legged star has earned his right to a relaxed retirement after helping the silent-film to Oscars glory. "He has always had the talent to do this and much more," said Omar Van Muller, the nearly 10-year-old dog's Colombian manager. "Lots of the things he did weren't in the script," he told AFP. "But he did them because he knew how to, and the director used them in the movie," he added. Uggie has long been able to walk and perform tricks, but toiled in anonymity for most of his life before landing the plum role in "The Artist," about a silent era movie star s...

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