Wednesday, 28 June 2006

Moose 1990-2006


Moose, the Jack Russell terrier who played Eddie on TV's "Frasier," died on Thursday at the Los Angeles home of his trainer Mathilde Halberg, People magazine reports.
"He was 16 ½ years old, and he just had an incredible charisma and was a such a free spirit," said Halberg.

The four-legged thespian retired from showbiz when he was 10 and was replaced by his son Enzo for the final two seasons of the NBC sitcom. Halberg saved Moose from a pound in the early 1990s after his owners found his behaviour – including killing the neighbours’ cat – too destructive.

The longevity of Frasier necessitated the breeding of puppies as possible replacements for Moose. A daughter, Miko, was considered but never grew large enough (she was given to a technician); a son, Moosie, now lives with Peri Gilpin. Moose's son Enzo was a closer match and turned out to have unusually similar facial markings; later in the series he was used as a stunt double to perform the more physically challenging tricks for his aging sire. Enzo took over the role after eight years.

Moose's ‘autobiography’, My Life as a Dog, written by Brian Hargrove, was published in 2000.

Moose lived in retirement with Jill, the dog from the film As Good As It Gets. (No, seriously, he did.)

Here’s a feature on Moose from 1994.

1 comment:

John Kennedy said...

Moose lived in retirement with Jill, the dog from the film As Good As It Gets. (No, seriously, he did.)

hahaha thats brilliant!