Hello, it’s me Heidi, to tell you about a thing that happened to me. Guess what, I am going to be the only dog journalist who will cover Dog News Daily’s 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards! I have been hearing everywhere that this is Awards Season in Hollywood, and me, a dog, gets to be part of it.
The Golden Collar Awards are on Feb. 13, at the dog-friendly Hotel Palomar in Westwood. This is way before the Feb. 27 Academy Awards, which I think means this is more important. The Golden Collars come after the Golden Globes, which I watched on TV last weekend. Even if the timing means the Globes are more important than the Collars, those ones were boring even for a dog. A man named Elton John looked super-grumpy when a blond lady with black roots won for Best Original Song.
At first when Diane told me I would be covering the awards, I thought it meant kicking dirt and grass over them to keep everything neat, like I do sometimes with my pees outside. But no, this covering is different, this is me Heidi going to see actor dogs get their awards for being in movies and TV, and then I will write about it for you on the Patch. I am an actor dog but I am not nominated because I wasn’t in a movie, even though I can speak and shake hands.
I really liked this movie Hotel for Dogs in 2009. I watched it at home and it was funny. Also once I got to go to Walt Disney Studios and see Beverly Hills Chihuahua, about a really little dog. I liked it too and you can read about me doing that here. But this award has to be for dogs in movies that people could see in 2010, even if I liked the old movies better.
So I’m already covering up the Golden Collar Awards because earlier this week I went to Hollywood to the pretty Egyptian Theater for the nominations! You can get the complete list on Dog News Daily’s web site, but the one I met was Uggie, who where there to help nominate and is nominated himself twice.
In one movie called Water for Elephants he looked just like himself, but in this other movie, The Artist, he was just in black and white, and so was everybody else! I wonder what happened; they’d better fix it before the awards. Also nobody talked out loud and you could see Uggie barking but you couldn’t hear him.
I was already there when Uggie came in but he walked right by me so we sniffed each other on his way up to the stage. Here at the nominations, he was talking a lot, but his voice sounded hoarse like he’s been talking too much. He went to the Golden Globes too, I saw him on TV. Once he was barking and barking and somebody said about me: “Hey, he’s giving an exclusive interview to that dog!” Everybody laughed. I would tell you what Uggie said but then it wouldn’t be exclusive.
During the announcements, Uggie’s co-star from The Artist, Penelope Ann Miller who is tall and beautiful, had to pick Uggie up for some photographs. She didn’t like it that Uggie was shedding white hair on her blue dress. She wanted to know if it would “read” on camera. No of course not, hair can’t read. I can’t read either, I just learn my lines by heart. Maybe it would be better if next time she wears a white dress because no way is she going to find a blue dog.
I was a little jealous at first at all those flash cameras popping and popping just for Uggie, but then afterward he came over and I got to meet him and so I was in pictures too! I also met his trainer, Omar von Muller, who has treats in his pockets. I got some of Uggie’s famous treats and then I did my “big speak” which is super loud, not like Uggie’s hoarse little bark. I am very proud of it. Uggie was also impressed by me because I am tall and beautiful just like Penelope Ann Miller.
Diane asked Mr. Von Muller if he had any advice for me Heidi, since I am an actor. He smiled and said to me: “Just be patient with your owner – she’s trying.” Well, me and Uggie laughed like crazy at that, even though nobody could hear us—just like in The Artist.