Bat­tle for the dog­gone gong

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Ev­ery­one loves filler sto­ries about Ug­gie, the dog from The Artist. Don’t they? It has been an­nounced that the world’s most fa­mous hound is set to re­tire from movies at the end of the year.

“We don’t force our dogs to do this,” Sarah Clif­ford from pet ac­tor agency An­i­mal Savvy said. “And it al­ways has to be fun for them. Ug­gie’s still en­joy­ing it, but he’s get­ting up there and he’s slow­ing down a lit­tle.”

Next up, Ug­gie will be com­pet­ing in the Golden Col­lar award for best dog ac­tor. Orig­i­nally there were just three more can­di­dates: Cosmo for Be­gin­ners, Den­ver for 50/50 and Hum­mer for Young Adult. But then Martin Scors­ese penned a tongue-in-cheek piece in the LA Times com­plain­ing that Blackie, Sacha Baron Co­hen’s Doberman in Hugo, had been out­ra­geously over­looked. So the Golden Col­lar peo­ple re­lented and ad­mit­ted Blackie to the fold.

Well, would you say no to a Doberman?

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