Four-legged movie star to visit Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic

The Jack Russell terrier in the 2012 Oscar-winning film 'The Artist' will visit Thursday, Feb. 6

Jacksonville, Florida – He's an inspiring actor who will be in Jacksonville this week to bring attention to an uplifting project involving fellow canines.

Uggie, the scene-stealing jack Russell terrier in the 2012 Oscar-winning film "The Artist" will visit Mayo Clinic on Thursday, February 6.

The visit by Uggie and his owner/trainer is open to the public at 12:30 p.m. in Walker Auditorium in the clinic's Davis Building.

His owner will share Uggie's story of going from a puppy headed for the pound, to international fame.

Uggie will also perform some of his tricks from the movie "The Artist", which received five Oscars.

Uggie will meet Mayo's 19 Caring Canines, the volunteer dogs who meet and greet patients and visitors at the clinic.

"The Caring Canines play a valuable role in supporting Mayo Clinic's commitment to the healing of mind, body and spirit," says the chair of Mayo's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Dr. Peter Dorsher.

"Uggie's impace on people worldwide is further evidence of the human/animal bond and how it can improve our health and well-being."

For more information, visit The Mayo Clinic's News Network website.

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