Monday, June 26, 2006
Moose, the Jack Russell terrier who played "Eddie" on the TV series Frasier, has died at the age of 16. I've always loved his story, because it's a classic tail, er, tale, of what a little training can do for a dog. Moose was way more than his first family could handle, because he "was destructive, barked a lot, refused to be house-trained and even killed a neighbor's cat." But trainer Mathilde DeCagny Halberg gave him a second chance, and after only six months of training he scored the role of Eddie. The part of the story I like best is that Moose was a full two and a half years old before he got any of his training. A lot of people still believe the old (and completely false) axiom that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." Well Moose's story is a high-profile example to the contrary.