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FRIDAY, April 12 (1 PM ET/PT, 12C).

This Friday on “Who Let The Dogs Out,” the team heads to Memphis to visit the former home of Elvis Presley at Graceland Mansion. Tillman is ready to skate outside the gates of Graceland in his Elvis costume, while the rest of the Natural Balance team take a tour throughout the home. Next, John Fulton writes a song dedicated to Tillman and the team records their own hit at Sun Records, the same place where Elvis recorded some of his greatest hits. Then, Tillman is invited to iconic restaurant, Loveless Café in Nashville for a photo shoot to be featured on Nashville Paw Magazine. While in Nashville, the gang gets the unforgettable opportunity to take a tour of the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest running radio show featuring country music. John Fulton and Tillman take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry for their singing debut. Later, the gang heads to the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood. Tillman and “The Scooter Dog” Norman walk down the red carpet alongside their friends Uggie from “The Artist,” Cosmo from “Beginners” and Blackie from “Hugo” at Dog News Daily’s 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards for pets in cinema and television. Lastly, the Natural Balance team goes to Universal Studios Hollywood for the finale in the search for “America’s Most Talented Dog” to join the Natural Balance team.

Tillman “The Fastest Skateboarding Dog” along with his friend Norman “The Scooter Dog,” star in the hit show, “Who Let The Dogs Out” presented by Petco and Natural Balance Pet Foods. The show airs weekly on Fridays at 1pm/12pm Central on Hallmark Channel.

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(Feb. 27, 2013)—The Humane Society of the United States has chosen Uggie, the world famous, scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier from last year’s Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” to be the spokesdog for its Pets of Valor Award.

The award celebrates the human-animal bond by honoring rescued or adopted dogs and cats who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need. Acclaimed for his portrayal of a loyal dog who courageously rescues his owner from a fire in “The Artist,” Uggie is uniquely qualified for his spokesdog duties and he will help announce the winner on June 2.

“Uggie’s honored to have been chosen by The Humane Society of the United States to be spokesdog for The Pets of Valor Award, although he did hesitate at first when he heard that cats were to be included, but now he likes the idea of having an excuse to bark for them, instead of at them,” says Omar Von Muller, Uggie’s owner and trainer.

Uggie has a best-selling autobiography (“Uggie – My Story”) to his credit, as well as the distinction of being the first dog to have his pawprints memorialized outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But now the mega star pooch, who was adopted by Von Muller after his first family rejected him for being “too wild,” is using his fame to shine the light on his unsung fellow companion animal heroes and to encourage pet adoption.

“It’s always gratifying when a star of Uggie’s magnitude takes time out of his busy schedule to give back. As spokesdog for The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor Award, Uggie proves he’s a hero both on and off screen by advocating for the adoption of his fellow companion animals,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach.

Uggie is calling on all humans to nominate dogs and cats who have committed heroic acts between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 to submit details of their actions to humanesociety.org/petsofvalor. Drawing on Uggie’s insider knowledge, HSUS’ companion animal experts will select five finalists, based on the significance and impact of the dog or cat’s valor, and the winner will be chosen by a public online vote that runs May 24-31, 2013.


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La Petite Reine, La Classe Americaine and Ufilms present a PG-13, 100 minute, romance, drama, comedy directed by Michel Hazanavicius.


Winner of the prize for Best Actor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Michel Hazanavicius’s THE ARTIST is a heartfelt and entertaining valentine to classic American cinema. Set during the twilight of Hollywood’s silent era and shot on location in Los Angeles, THE ARTIST tells the story of a charismatic movie star unhappily confronting the new world of talking pictures. Mixing comedy, romance and melodrama, THE ARTIST is itself an example of the form it celebrates: a black-and-white silent film that relies on images, actors and music to weave its singular spell.

Hollywood, 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is one of Hollywood’s reigning silent screen idols, instantly recognizable with his slim moustache and signature white tie and tails. Starring in exotic tales of intrigue and derring-do, the actor has turned out hit after hit for Kinograph, the studio run by cigar-chomping mogul Al Zimmer (John Goodman). His success has brought him an elegant mansion and an equally elegant wife, Doris (Penelope Ann Miller). Chauffeured to the studio each day by his devoted driver Clifton (James Cromwell), George is greeted by his own smiling image, emblazoned on the posters prominently placed throughout the Kinograph lot. As he happily mugs for rapturous fans and reporters at his latest film premiere, George is a man indistinguishable from his persona -- and a star secure in his future.

For young dancer Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), the future will be what she makes of it. Vivacious and good-humored, with an incandescent smile and a flapper’s ease of movement, Peppy first crosses George’s path at his film premiere and then as an extra on his latest film at Kinograph. As they film a brief dance sequence, the leading man and the newcomer fall into a natural rhythm, the machinery of moviemaking fading into the background. But the day must finally end, sending the matinee idol and the eager hopeful back to their respective places on the Hollywood ladder.

And Hollywood itself will soon fall under sway of a captivating new starlet: talking pictures. George wants no part of the new technology, scorning the talkie as a vulgar fad destined for the dustbin. By 1929, Kinograph is preparing to cease all silent film production and

George faces a choice: embrace sound, like the rising young star Peppy Miller; or risk a slide into obscurity.

The Weinstein Company presents THE ARTIST, written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius and produced by Thomas Langmann. Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, and Ken Davitan. With Uggie as The Dog.

In THE ARTIST, Uggie plays the hero’s constant companion throughout an emotional roller-coaster ride providing a clever and versatile performance.
In his starring role as ‘Jack’, Uggie cranks up the tear count as he remains faithful in adversity. At the same time, he also raises a few major laughs on stage giving new meaning to the trick ‘playing dead’.
Uggie’s stunning silent performance stole hearts and won votes as he scooped up the Palm Dog award at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Uggie is a nine year old Jack Russell Terrier born sometime in 2002.  He was born in Florida and was rehomed because he was way too wild and high energy for his first owners to be just a simple pet dog.  Professional animal trainer, Omar von Muller adopted Uggie and soon after, he started his studio career early in life. 
Uggie packed up countless print ads and television commercials for everything from dog food, cars, beer and much more.  He traveled with the “Incredible Dogs Show” to Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico and Miami performing live tricks and riding his skateboard (always a crowd pleaser), which is one of his favorite things to do. 
Uggie has also traveled to South Africa where he shot a commercial for Savanna Light, also riding the skateboard.  His first movie MR. FIX IT starring David Boreanaz, shot when he was 1½ years old, was followed by WHAT’S UP SCARLETT, WASSUP ROCKERS, Disney’s LIFE IS RUFF and most recently a featured role in the film WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (where he plays the role of "Queenie") starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. 
Animal Trainer, Sarah Clifford, owner of Animal Savvy, provides animal talent for studio projects. Clifford formed a friendship with von Muller many years ago and had often submitted his dogs for film and commercial projects, knowing that any of his dogs were always up for whatever came at them. 
Uggie is a hard working dog, but he is also a very loved pet.  On his off days he lives indoors, and sleeps in the master bedroom with the family, and enjoys the company of several other dog and cat brothers and sisters.
In Theaters November 25, 2011
Written & Directed by
Michel Hazanavicius
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies.
Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller.