When Uggie (the Jack Russell terrier that saved the day in the film The Artist) appeared onstage at the Academy Awards in February, it was, in a sense, a canine coup. Less than two weeks prior, a spokesperson for the film said that Uggie had “not been asked to appear at the Oscars”. When the dog failed to walk the red carpet, it seemed as if it would indeed be a canine shut- out. But Uggie mania (the Consider Uggie Facebook campaign to add the dog as a Best Supporting Actor nomi- nee garnered nearly 17,000 ‘likes’)
must have softened the Academy’s stance. As the film’s producers, di- rector, and cast took the stage to ac- cept the Best Picture Oscar, Uggie was right there among them, sport- ing an 18-carat gold bone bow tie.