Monday, June 26, 2006

Farewell to Moose, a.k.a. Frasier's "Eddie"

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.

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