Mystery Illness Forces Uggie Into Early Retirement

[caption id="attachment_105414" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Getty Images"]Uggie the dog attends the 2012 Golden Globes[/caption]

Uggie, the charming Jack Russell terrier who pretty much stole every scene in "The Artist" (that little film that's up for ten Oscars) is suffering a mystery illness that looks like it will likely cut short his career. We know; it's terrible.

Last night, Uggie's trainer, 49-year-old Omar Von Muller, said the four-legged friend will retire after his appearance at the Academy Awards later this month.

"It's very sad, but he is suffering from a mystery shaking syndrome. It is a neurological disorder and we've spent thousands on vets' bills trying to figure out what is causing it, but the experts don't really know," he stated.

As of now, Uggie is still expected to open the show alongside veteran host Billy Crystal, the Daily Mail reports — though if his condition doesn't change, the appearance will no doubt be clouded in a tinge of sadness. In addition to his role in "The Artist," Uggie also played the part of Queenie in "Water for Elephants" with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

Hopefully the veterinarians hard at work will find a solution to help this lovable pooch, but in the meantime, we send our biggest hugs to the Ugster!