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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.
 
 
ABOUT UGGIE
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.
 
 
THE ARTIST
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.

 

A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS
Hallmark Channel
US Cable Television Premiere
From the Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection
Sunday, November 20 (6 p.m. ET/PT, 5C) 

The ever-versatile Bruce Greenwood (“John From Cincinnati,” “Knots Landing”) stars in this heartwarming Hallmark Hall of Fame story about coming to terms with the past and the ways that Christmas can help to bring a family together.  Greenwood is George McCray, who lives on a Kansas farm with wife Mary Ann (Linda Emond, “Julie and Julia”) and their 20-year-old, developmentally-challenged son, Todd (Noel Fisher from “The Riches”).  It happens that a local animal shelter is looking for families to foster pets for the holidays, and Todd wants one desperately.  But George is dead-set against it, maintaining that his son won't be able to adequately care for a pet and that giving a dog back after Christmas will only traumatize him.  But we learn that the real reason why George opposes it has more to do with his own bad experiences with dogs in the past -- once while he was a kid, the other time when he was serving in Vietnam.  So it's really George with the issues surrounding canines.  And as his wife comes to realize, the one who really needs a dog this Christmas is her husband, not her son, in order for emotional wounds of the past to heal.  “A Dog Named Christmas” is the best kind of holiday tale, one that poignantly illustrates the unwavering resilience of the human spirit.

 Blue Ridge Humane Society Announces Winning Entry in  

“Give Us Your Best Shot” Pet Photo Contest

             HENDERSONVILLE, N. C. –The non-profit Blue Ridge Humane Society has named the first and second place winners in their “Give Us Your Best Shot” pet photo contest. The black and white entry featuring the close-up of a golden retriever lying on a deck received the thumbs up from judge Michele Stephenson, former director of photography for TIME Magazine. The picture of Zema, a four-year old Golden Retriever lying on an outside deck that captured the first place winning photo was submitted by Dr. Arthur Pearsall of Hendersonville, N.C.

             “This picture of my son’s dog was taken on his deck in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland just a few months ago,” says Pearsall, who most of his pictures in black and white. “Goldens have very expressive eyes and Zema was the perfect subject.” 

            At home, Pearsall has his own rescue dog, Jake, a Border Collie/Lab mix adopted locally almost eight years ago. A dentist by profession, Pearsall has been involved in photography for more than 30 years.

             “There were so many wonderful portraits of people’s pets to choose from in this contest,” says Stephenson, who came to Hendersonville to judge the contest in conjunction with the organization’s Wags to Riches event. “It was difficult to choose just two winners, but this one picture of the dog on the deck had everything … an immediate connection with the dog along with wonderful texture and composition.”

             The second place winner features an image of a six-month old black lab puppy running at the camera. Submitted by Dave Baker of Mills River, the picture depicts his dog Emily taken in his backyard. The “in flight” action shot was taken as Baker and his wife taught Emily her name by having her race back and forth between them for treats.

             “The second place winning picture spoke to me of the wonderful spirit of the dog,” says Stephenson. “The picture had excellent technical qualities and a sense of energy.”

             The contest, which ran from September 1 to October 14, 2011, had almost 100 entries.  The winners will have their photographs permanently showcased at the Blue Ridge Humane Society shelter location in Edneyville and its thrift shop location in Hendersonville. A local artist will create custom note cards featuring the winning entries and the images will be portrayed on the organization’s web site.

             The Blue Ridge Humane Society, established in 1950 is a limited admission nonprofit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization committed to quality shelter care, treatment of our charges, and to advocacy for spaying/neutering throughout Henderson County. For more details, visit www.blueridgehumane.org.

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