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Uggie--My Story [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Dear Reader:

Wow! Bow wow! It’s been a wild ride—wilder even than learning to water-ski or skateboard. I’m so famous now that The New York Times plugged my autobiography. “Uggie will bark all in a memoir,” it announced. Well, I’ve certainly had a lot to bark about lately.

Even before The Artist stunned us all by hitting the big time and winning five Oscars, inside I knew (as did my wonderful acting coach Omar) that I was an artist. I may have been merely a pound-bound hound when I joined Omar’s troupe, and certain species-ist quarters have contended that I mindlessly do tricks for treats, but it’s not true. I was milking a crowd as a young street performer when my canine companions and I were doing gigs for biscuit money. Yes, I’ve always been a bit of an attention-seeker, but aren’t all great actors?

Expect some real treats. Perhaps not quite as tasty as pizza, but still lip-smackingly good. Not just the stories of how I got into showbiz or why I fell nose over paws in love with my divine Miss W (that’s Reese Witherspoon to the rest of you), but also the dirty doggie truth about Cat-Gate. And, well, a few more youthful misdemeanors . . .such as Zebra-Gate and Cockatoo-Gate and the truly shameful Binge-Gate.

I’m fond of a good romp, and this candid canine tell-all zips along with revealing tales of celebrity encounters and how I cope with fame. Of course there’s some sad stuff too, including the health problems that forced me into early retirement. I’ve given my all in this honest-to-dog Hollywood memoir, because that’s what I always do. I hope you’ll gobble up every word, just like I wolf down sausages.

Love and licks,


Editorial Reviews


"A rollicking romp of a read" (

"Demonstrates the importance of a dog’s presence in our lives, on an off screen. As he writes (or barks), quoting an unknown author, 'Dogs are miracles with paws.'" (The Hollywood Reporter)

"Perhaps the most famous pet memoir since presidential pooch Millie told her tale of life in the White House in 1992, Uggie's story, filled with plenty of name-dropping, details his rise from puppy-hood to movie stardom." (The LA Times)

"My Story gives plenty of doggie dish" (The Tucson Citizen)

"Uggie--My Story is a wonderful read filled with humor and heartfelt moments told by one of the industry's icons. If you love Uggie (and seriously, folks, who doesn't?), you have to read this book. The Uggster's personality comes through on every page and reaffirms that, even though he walks on four legs, he's one of the best talents there is in Tinsel Town. My Take: A definite must read." (Caine Gardner Greencastle Banner-Graphic)

"Heavy on the laughs." (People)

Uggie promises to bring his fans all the way back to his humble beginnings. (Parade)

About the Author

Uggie is the beloved Jack Russell Terrier best known for his roles in The Artist and Water for Elephants.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1974 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z4S2UE
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Uggie's biography, and it is a true biography, not just a stunt book, is an inspiring tale (tail?) about a shelter dog who was rescued and with the right love and patience, became not only a thriving and happy family member, but a star in Hollywood as well. He tells about his early days when he was an undisciplined pup and how Omar Muller found him, adopted him, and gave him the love he needed to become a great, loving dog.

If you loved THE ARTIST, and I sure did, than you'll love Uggie's cheeky behind-the-scene stories of his work in commercials, shows and movies. His affection for his co-star Reese Witherspoon, who he made WATER FOR ELEPHANTS with, is a fun love story all on its own! And the affection that Uggie has for Jean Dujardin and everyone associated with THE ARTIST is a joy. His chapters on the journey of that movie from indie to sensation is compelling reading for any movie fan.

I can also tell you I've worked with many animals in my days as a creative director at an ad agency, on all kinds of pet products for Heinz and Quaker Oats (I worked with Morris the Cat!) so I know animal talent when I see it. And I know how they work together with their trainers. And I can see it all that Omar does with Uggie that he's tremendously loving, giving, kind, and patient with him. Uggie and Omar is the real love story at the core of the biography. And it will move you to laughter and tears.

UGGIE: MY STORY is one of the most delightful books I've read, and one of the best Hollywood autobiographies too. (I am now a screenwriter too and I've read many, many Hollywood bio's and autobiographies due to my passion for the industry and truly, this book is one of the best!) This is a moving and compelling story. It's cleverly written with lots of cheeky humor through out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delightful! October 19, 2012
By Lisa
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I've been early awaiting the release of Uggie's book, and it's every bit as good as I hoped it would be!! A roughly chronological look into the life of Uggie, his many 'siblings' are briefly mentioned throughout the book from Uggie's candid point of view. The book describes so many of Uggie's behind-the-scenes views on everything he'd done while he was learning his behaviors and moving up the ladder to eventual stardom. A must read for everyone who enjoys reading autobiographies of celebrities!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Work of a True Artist! October 16, 2012
By Mara
Just got my copy of Uggie, My Story. So beautifully written and insightful, it's a tail well told of an inspiring canine star and his wonderful friends and family. Not to be missed for it's heart, humor and insight! Uggie, congratulations on another pawesome achievement!Uggie--My Story
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Tender October 21, 2012
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This is a amazing story of a truly amazing dog who has won the hearts of many the world over. Count me in as one of those hearts.

This book oppens a window into the life and soul of a little dog who became the star he was meant to be.

Humor, and some sadness too. It is all here. And the love between Uggie and his dad and trainer is the thread that holds the story together.

Anyone who loves movies, anyone who has ever loved an animal, read this book. It will melt your heart. It did mine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Paw-sitively Paw-some Book! November 8, 2012
Uggie: My Story is a thoroughly enjoyable, happy little book that deserves a spot on every dog-lover's bookshelf. It's not a gimmick; it's a true-life tale of a dog and his human and how both are now enjoying the rewards of their hard work and dedication, both to each other and to their craft.

Uggie's insistence throughout the book that he's not just a canine performing tricks on demand, but an actual emoting, feeling, acting artist will ring true for anyone who has ever shared their life with a dog. People who live with terriers will recognize many of Uggie's "sins", and have a chuckle or two. As far as "cat-gate" goes - Uggie, it was self-defense!

Uggie's voice is intelligent and fun, but avoids being too precious. It's like listening to a friend chat. It's told from his perspective and not the humans around him. Intertwined with the lighthearted story is the serious message about unwanted animals. Dogs do not arrive in your home immediately being good houseguests, and some require a lot of patience. Anyone wanting a dog "just like Uggie" should read and re-read the early chapters of his life, because in many ways he was the typical terrier.

With the holidays coming up, this would be a perfect gift for anyone who likes dogs, or who enjoys reading a Hollywood success story. As it says in the book, he's a star who just happens to be a dog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things come in "small" packages! October 28, 2012
By John W.
This is so true of both Uggie, the actor, and his story; a well-told and insightful look into the diminutive star's life and fortunes. The scene-stealing and endearing companion becomes a narrator (with the aid of accomplished writer Wendy Holden and his coach, Omar von Muller) of a tale (tail?) that reveals the dog behind the legend and work of a career that began on the streets of L.A., and almost didn't begin at all. Uggie's story carries us smoothly along as he relates the highs and lows of a "pound-bound hound" transformed by love, structure and support into an iconic idol and first-rate actor.

This book is an easy read, with a story bound to appeal to readers of all ages and stripes (or spots). The collaboration between artist, coach and author creates a vivid account of a pup with mischievous tendencies transformed, but not corrupted, by the Hollywood lifestyle for which he seems to have been cast from birth. If there is any follow-up after his retirement from movies, a screenplay based on this dog's tale will make for an interesting and emotional "behind-the scenes" film from which all ages and species could take inspiration.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
cute book with a lot of pictures. Uggie is a very special dog
Published 7 days ago by tj bao
1.0 out of 5 stars New Book Condition Very Poor
Purchased book "new" for a gift. It arrived all scuffed up with ink marks on it. Looks like it was kicked around the floor for a couple of years!
Published 13 days ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a christmas gift
Published 1 month ago by kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
I have two JRTs and I know how smart they can be. This story was beautiful to read from uggie's perspective.
Published 8 months ago by R. Kassis
5.0 out of 5 stars Uggie--My Story
This book is fabulous. I am a dog lover and I do trick training so I was extra interested in Uggie, his trainer and their story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a great read
I enjoyed Uggie's story so much that I ordered 3 more as gifts for friends and family. Light enjoyable story with no doom and gloom..
Published 11 months ago by Joan Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal
Sent fast with no problems. Just what I expected. Would buy from again. I love Jack Russel's and this one shows what they can do.
Published 19 months ago by K. J. Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Uggie
Couldn't put it down. My husband hadn't read a book in several years, but he started "Uggie" and couldn't put it down, either. We both really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by F. Albertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartrendering!
Cleverly told from Uggie's viewpoint with human-like emotions and observations, which made me remember my Jack Russell who could have passed for Uggie's brother! Read more
Published 22 months ago by 24/7 in France
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutest Autobiography You'll Ever Read
When I check this book out from our library, I wasn't expecting much. I presumed it would be a story written by the trainer's point of view and a nice tale about how a dog was... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Katherine Chan
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