Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who wowed crowds with his performance in “The Artist,” received top honors at the first annual Golden Collar Awards in Hollywood last night.
Other winners included French bulldog Brigitte, who plays Stella on TV’s “Modern Family,” and Hercules of “Pit Boss,” who tied with Giggy of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” for best dog in a reality television series, according to the Associated Press.
The ceremony was held at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel and broadcast online by the Hollywood Reporter.
The award ceremony was dreamed up by Alan Siskind of the website dognewsdaily.com, who said he expects it could be televised on network television next year.
Among the celebrities presenting trophies were “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette and “Hot in Cleveland” star Wendie Malick.
Uggie’s trainer, Omar Von Muller, accepted the award for Uggie, calling him a “great performer, but he’s also a great family member.”
Martin Scorsese, who wrote a commentary piece in the Los Angeles Times that inspired a write-in campaign for Blackie, the Doberman in his Oscar-nominated movie “Hugo,” appeared at the ceremony by video.
Blackie lost to Uggie, who was nominated twice in his category, for ”The Artist” and “Water for Elephants.”
The best dog in a foreign film award went to Koko, a six-year-old kelpie who was the star of Red Dog, an Australian film based on a true story.
(Photo: Matt Sayles / Associated Press)
Posted by jwoestendiek February 14th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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It took less than 24 hours for director Martin Scorsese’s plea to be answered.
Fans flocked to Facebook, posted their write-in votes and now Blackie, a Doberman who stars in the movie “Hugo,” is a contender for the newly established Golden Collar Awards.
“Due to the outpouring of love and support from around the world from fans of Mr. Scorsese, his film ‘Hugo,’ and its canine star Blackie, the write-in campaign on our Facebook page to gain a Golden Collar Award has been successful,” Alan Siskind, the CEO of Dog News Daily said.
The Golden Collar Awards are the creation of Dog News Daily.
“Keeping to its promise, Dog News Daily’s nominating committee has formally notified the impartial panel of 14 Golden Collar Award judges that Blackie’s name has been added to the Best Dog in a Theatrical Film category as the 6th and final nominee in that category; and that they should immediately include Blackie and HUGO in their deliberations,” Siskind said.
While Blackie’s star may be rising, Uggie — the canine star who appeared in both “Water for Elephants” and “The Artist,” and got nominated for both — still seems to be Hollywood’s No. 1 darling.
Uggie assisted in announcing the Golden Collar nominations. And now, the Hollywood Reporter says Uggie is rehearsing a skit with host Billy Crystal for this year’s Academy Awards.
The Golden Collar Award ceremony will take place on Feb. 13, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, honoring the canine stars of US and international films, TV shows and commercials.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 31st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Was Blackie snubbed?
And, if so, was it because because of his large and menacing appearance — a case of Doberman discrimination?
Director Martin Scorsese — pronounced “score-SAYS-he” — is contending that the canine star of his movie, “Hugo,” Blackie the Doberman, was rudely overlooked in the nominations for the First Annual Golden Collar Awards.
But, according to Hollywood insiders (and one wonders, are there any Hollywood outsiders?), he’s doing it for laughs, and probably even more for publicity.
Blackie plays a train station officer’s attack dog, and most of his time on screen is spent scaring and chasing the child stars of the Oscar-nominated film.
Uggie, the Jack Russell, received two nominations — for his roles in “The Artist” and “Water for Elephants” — but Blackie got no respect.
In a guest column for the Los Angeles Times Scorcese writes:
“OK, let’s lay all our cards on the table. Jack Russell terriers are small and cute. Dobermans are enormous and — handsome. More tellingly, Uggie plays a nice little mascot who does tricks and saves his master’s life in one of the films, while Blackie gives an uncompromising performance as a ferocious guard dog who terrorizes children. I’m sure you can see what I’m driving at.”
He urges readers to start a write-in campaign for Blackie, via comments on the Dog News Daily Facebook page.
Dog News Daily editor Alan Siskind says if Blackie receives 500 write-ins by Monday, February 6th, the Golden Collar nominating committee will add him as the sixth nominee in the Best Dog in a Theatrical Film category.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 30th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Willie T. Bell, 41, of Palmetto, told police he was trying to make the dog stronger.
He pleaded no contest to the third-degree felony earlier this week, the Bradenton Herald reported.
Police in April spotted the two-year-old pit bull mix, named Blackie, in the Manatee River, not far from where Bell was fishing.
According to Palmetto police officer Micah Mathews’ report, the dogs snout was sticking up as it tried to tread water.
“Mr. Bell said he was trying to make the dog stronger,” Mathews wrote.
“The dog was unable to touch the ground and was not able to move the weight,” the officer wrote. “When I arrived I could see only the nose of the dog out of the water.”
On the officer’s request, Bell brought the dog to shore. Bell told the officer the dog had been swimming in place for about 15 minutes.
Mathews asked Bell the same question that’s probably running through your mind right now: Would he like to be anchored to a dumbbell and left in the water like that? Bell replied, “Hell no,” the police report states.
Bell was not the dog’s owner, animal control officials said.
The dog was returned to its original owner and animal control officials said it suffered no lasting physical damage.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 27th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Columnist Ronnie Polaneczky paid a touching tribute to her dog, Blackie, in yesterday’s Philadelphia Daily News.
Blackie, a female border collie-Labrador mix, died on Sunday evening after a sudden illness.
“I was so overcome with tears as she died, I was unable to properly tell her all the ways that her life had made mine better,” Polaneczky wrote. “So this is my thank-you letter to Blackie, the first dog I ever called my own.”
Nine years ago, Daily New columnist Stu Bykofsky offered her the dog, which he had taken in after finding it abandoned in South Philly. Here’s an excerpt from Polaneczky’s column:
“Thank you for tolerating the way we claimed that you had magic ‘healing powers.’ See, not long after you came into our lives, we discovered that our daughter’s bumps and scrapes didn’t hurt her so much once we had her press the injured area into your warm, shaggy coat. Soon, she was telling her young friends to use your powers when they were hurt, too.
“Over time, we realized that those powers were not a parent-created myth but a true ability. When my husband and I were distressed about something, you’d sense our upset and quietly lean against us in solemn comfort.
“Thank you for letting us dress you as a bee on Halloween.
“Thank you for never – ever – chewing our shoes into jerky.
“Thank you for having a gentle spirit that belied your fierce appearance. The first time my husband took you to the schoolyard to retrieve our daughter from kindergarten, a few of the parents pulled their children away in fear of your wolfish looks. Within moments, you were sprawled on your back, a portrait of maternal contentment as a dozen tiny hands rubbed up and down on your belly.
“Thank you for your tolerance of your four-legged housemates. You put up with one prickly cat until his death at 19. You endured the addition of two kittens, who tried to nurse at your row of tiny teats. And then you gamely allowed the latest member of the family, a tiny Yorkie with a brain the size of an M&M, to use your belly like a trampoline, grabbing at your ears and snout while you lolled placidly on the floor.
“Through all of it, you’d look at us with world-weary affection, as if to say, ‘These little ones, eh? Waddya gonna do?’
“We were there with you at the end, at Penn’s veterinary hospital, to sob goodbyes and stroke your soft, dark fur as you peacefully slipped away from us. The doctor had told us that the illness in your lungs was slowly suffocating you and had caused an en
Posted by jwoestendiek September 2nd, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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A teenager in Michigan got her dog, Blackie, back — thanks to an anonymous donor who footed her bill at the pound after reading of her plight.
Tia Schidler, 14, was swarmed with emails after TV station WNDU first aired the story of how she was unable to come up with the $200 she needed get her dog from the St. Joseph County Humane Society.
Humane Society officials weren’t all that thrilled with the happy ending, because it was the third time the dog had been picked up for running loose.
“I think everyone needs to understand this is rewarding bad behavior,” said Carol Ecker, humane society director. “If the dog continues to get loose it’s going to die.”
On Friday morning, Tia’s $200 bill – a $100 pick-up fee, a $75 fine as a third offender, a $20 vaccination fee, and a $10 charge for food and care – was paid in full by one of many people who offered to help the Michiana teen.
Tia’s mom was unable to help her with the bill because she’s disabled, the TV station reported in its first story.
Tia promised her rescuer that she wouldn’t let the dog run loose again, and said she was ecstatic to get her dog back. “Wow. That is like so amazing,” she said. “I didn’t think anyone would actually do that because of the way the economy is now.”
Posted by jwoestendiek May 4th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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