Uggie of ‘The Artist’ and Other Famous Dogs of 2011 (Photos)

See photos of Uggie, Snowy, and other dogs that made an impact this year.

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Uggie From ‘The Artist’

Critics are raving about the new silent film The Artist, and about Uggie, the adorable terrier who steals the show. The awards are already pouring in. In May, Uggie won the Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Palm Dog award for the role, beating out “a fifth-generation canine actress” for the honor. Is an Oscar next?

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World's Oldest Dog

A male cross-breed dog Pusuke, who was listed as the oldest living dog in the Guinness Book of World Records, is seen in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo December 24, 2010, in this photo released by Kyodo on December 6, 2011. Pusuke died on December 5, 2011 at the age of 26 years and 9 months.

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Jon Tumilson’s Hawkeye

When the family of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson held a funeral for him in August, his dog, Hawkeye, lay next to the casket for the entire service. Tumilson was one of the 22 Navy SEALs who were killed when Afghan insurgents destroyed the SEALs’ Chinook helicopter on Aug. 6. Family and friends often referred to Hawkeye as Tumilson’s “son,” but this dog was definitely the man’s best friend.

A Dog’s Best Friend

In the wake of the tragic Japanese tsunami, hearts were warmed by video of this dog loyally standing watch over his wounded friend in the wreckage of Arahama, Sendai. It appears that he had been guarding the injured animal for several days following the earthquake, and he remained by his side until help arrived. One of their rescuers later stated in a Facebook post, “The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other white, gray, and black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefecture. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area.” 

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The Navy SEAL Dog

The Navy SEAL team that did away with Osama bin Laden was accompanied by one very tough dog. The canine probably was either a German shepherd or a Belgian malinois, and would have been lowered from a helicopter along with the SEALs. As with the rest of the SEAL team that killed bin Laden, the dog’s identity has not been disclosed. But military dogs often are brought along to find explosives and hidden rooms. In combat situations, military dogs wear ballistic body armor that protects against knives, shrapnel, and gunfire. They also wear night-vision cameras on their heads to broadcast images of the battles. The dogs are even trained to jump out of airplanes from as high as 25,000 feet, to enter hostile territory. Gen. David H. Petraeus said of the dogs: “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”   

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Arthur (Cosmo) From ‘Beginners’

Anyone who saw the film Beginners knows that Cosmo, the Jack Russell terrier who plays Arthur in the film, basically steals the show from the film’s more famous stars like Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. Cosmo’s trainer described him as “a dream Jack Russell. He can turn on and be a total terrier, but he can be really mellow and gentle.” Even his costars rave about him. McGregor recalled filming one scene in which “I said, ‘This is the dining room,’ and I looked around and he looked around. It is like he was totally acting in the scene. Nobody was telling him to do that!”

Baylor, Selena Gomez’s Dog

While visiting Justin Bieber’s homeland of Canada, Selena Gomez met and fell in love with a husky puppy, which she quickly adopted and named Baylor. At the time, a spokesman for the animal-rescue shelter said, “Baylor probably would have had a bad life or a very short life. But he got rescued and brought to our shelter and is now going to live a very good life.” But Selena’s puppy-parenting skills were called into question shortly thereafter, when she tweeted a photo of young Baylor sprawled on the floor after ingesting an unhealthy amount of rocks.

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Stella From 'Modern Family'

The Pritchett clan from Modern Family keeps getting bigger—this year, they added Stella, a new French bulldog, to the mix. 

Snowy From 'The Adventures of Tintin'

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are bringing Hergé’s classic character, Tintin, to life in their new film, The Adventures of Tintin, set to debut in the U.S. on Dec. 21. Thus, Tintin’s canine sidekick, Snowy, should once again be in the minds of dog lovers everywhere. Although the production filmed actors using performance-capture technology to create most of the characters, Snowy was completely computer-animated. Andy Serkis, of Lord of the Rings’ Gollum fame who plays Captain Haddock in the film, said that many fans assume he is playing Snowy, an assumption he called “disturbing.”

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Monkey From 'Gossip Girl'

Gossip Girl star Chuck Bass sought to soothe his broken heart this year by buying a pet dog named Monkey. Some may say that is an odd name for a dog, but as Bass once said in an interview with Forbes, “I don’t need to counter critics. I’m Chuck Bass.”

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George, Ryan Gosling's Dog

Ryan Gosling’s pet dog, George, has become almost as famous as the actor himself this year—accompanying him everywhere from restaurants to appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Gosling says of the dog, who wears his hair in a mohawk, “He insists on it. He’s some kind of Muppet.” 

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580 Rescue Dogs in China

Much has been made of social networking’s ability to unite protest movements. This was particularly true in China earlier this year, when a man spotted a truck full of 580 dogs on their way to slaughter. He immediately posted a note on a microblogging site asking for help in blocking the truck and saving the dogs. Some 200 people eventually responded and helped blockade the truck for 15 hours, eventually negotiating the animals’ release for $17,000.

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Hickory, 2011 Westminster Winner

Viewers in February were astonished when Hickory became the first Scottish deerhound ever to win Best in Show at Westminster. Hickory (full name: GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind) ranked fifth in the hound group in 2010, but her odds at winning in 2010 were 60-to-1. Hickory’s ecstatic handler said, “She showed like she’s never shown before. She was solid and steady, and even through all the lights and cameras of the noise and spotlights, she came right through it."

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Rowlf the Dog

Everyone knows about Kermit the Frog, but what about Rowlf the Dog? Rowlf appeared alongside Kermit in The Muppets Movie, and insiders say Rowlf’s personality most closely mirrors the late Muppet creator Jim Henson’s in real life. Brian Henson, Jim’s son, has said, “Kermit was my father’s best-known character, but a lot of people think he was more like Rowlf in real life … except he couldn’t play the piano as well.”