Once, my aunt owned a dog named Moose

January 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm (Whatever happened to ...?) (, , )

He was a big ol’ fluffy black dog, and he hung out with Brunie, my aunt’s other dog. They were never on any television shows or movies.

But this Moose was.

An actor AND a model! What COULDN'T this dog do?

If you didn’t click on the link or if you did, but you like to have me tell you stuff, Moose was the dog who played Eddie Crane on Frasier. He was soooooo cute!

Omigod, look, you guys, he's DANCING!

I know the sweet little guy went to that big kennel in the sky in 2006 (it was a tragic day! Tragic, I tell you!), but where did his career path lead before then?

First off, Moose was born as the youngest in his litter in 1990. He was a scrappy, naughty dog who would not stop chasing cats and chewing things. In a fit of frustration or something, his owner shipped him off to an animal trainer. A celebrity animal trainer. That is, a trainer of celebrity animals, not a famous person who happens to train animals. If you were wondering.

This image comes up under "celebrity animal trainer," and I couldn't not share it.

After six months of training, Moose won the role of Eddie on Frasier. That doesn’t sound like much, but remember, it’s, like three and a half years in dog time, so it was like going to college for the little guy. From 1993 to 2000, Moose starred on Frasier, and got more fan mail than his human counterparts, which is awesome yet kind of silly, because no matter how well-trained he was, could Moose read?

Maybe.

In 2000, Moose retired from television work to focus on his film career (leaving the role of Eddie Crane to his son Enzo, who was equally cute!). All right, that might not be why Moose retired, but he did make one film in 2000, wherein he played the titular role: My Dog Skip.

I think he's supposed to be a naughty dog, but I'm just impressed he's not swimming in the toilet, you know?

It starred that kid from Malcolm in the Middle, and also Moose’s son Enzo, who was clearly trying to steal the spotlight for himself. (On a tragic related note, it turns out that Enzo died on Jan. 13, 2011! This is the most depressing “Whatever Happened to …?” ever; also, how old is my dog????)

After My Dog Skip, Moose stepped out of the spotlight, probably to roll in some poop or eat it, and lived to the age of 15 or 16.

Dogs always roll in poop or eat it, or sometimes both.

Now I have to go cry.

But not as much as this guy, who has a Frasier tattoo.

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4 Comments

  1. Travis said,

    We’ve got a part-time pet, he’s a Jack Russel Terrier named Maxx. He actually belongs to the folks my sister works for. Maxx was recsued from an abusive home by the son of the family. But we get occasional visits from Maxx and we took care of him over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Maxx craves A LOT of attention. But he sure is cute! đŸ™‚

    • lokifire said,

      He sounds cute! I just love little stubby-legged dogs.

  2. henry&heatherrodriguez said,

    what an adorable breed THE JACK RUSSLE TERRIER is more than a dog theire almost human!!!

    • lokifire said,

      Oh, I’m sure they’re better than human.

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