moose.jpgMoose, an actor best known for playing Eddie on the Emmy Award-winning NBC sitcom, “Fraser,” died on June 22 of natural causes. He was 15-and-a-half years old, or 108-and-a-half in dog years.
Born on a Florida farm in 1990, Moose was the youngest in his litter but also the biggest. The long-haired Jack Russell terrier was a rambunctious puppy who drove his owners mad by starting a fire, scaring off the family cat, destroying the couch, chewing through telephone wires, digging a hole in a bathroom wall and urinating on a favorite chair. He would’ve surely ended up in big trouble if fate hadn’t intervened.
While sitting in the waiting room of his veterinarian’s office, Moose was discovered by Cathy Morrison, who worked for Birds and Animals Unlimited, a talent agency for animals. She trained Moose in Orlando, then sent him to Los Angeles to audition for “Frasier.” He landed the role of Eddie, a companion for John Mahoney’s character Martin, and a new owner, animal trainer Mathilde DeCagney. In one episode, Frasier (played by Kelsey Grammer) was listening to some music. He noted that the singer was quite talented, but she could not surpass “the great Mathilde DeCagney.”
Moose appeared on “Frasier” for 10 years before retiring in 2004. He graced the covers of TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly, and was ranked fifth on Animal Planet’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Animals.” After Moose left the show, his son Enzo took over the role of Eddie. Moose also starred in the film, “My Dog Skip,” alongside Frankie Muniz and Kevin Bacon. He played the older version of the title character; Enzo played the younger one.
Moose’s autobiography, “My Life as a Dog,” co-written with Brian Hargrove, was published in 2000. His final days were spent relaxing at his trainer’s home in Southern California, hanging out in the sun, going for hour-long strolls with his dog walker and playing with his buddy Bogus, a St. Bernard/Golden Retriever mix who’s also a retired performer.
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