I tried to watch Frasier every week even if I had a million other things to do. Despite the title character always hopping on my last nerve, for that block of time, I never changed the channel. While the Daphne/Niles relationship was adorable and enough to coax anyone into becoming a fan, it wasn’t why I watched. I enjoyed the honest opinions of Martin, but that wasn’t why I liked the show either. No, it was a little guy named Eddie who kept me coming back for more.
Played by canine actor Moose, that Jack Russell Terrier never failed to make smile me. Whether he was staring at Frasier, trying to psyche him out, or assisting Martin in teaching kids to stay away from drugs, he was the coolest dog on television. I think I liked him so much because he reminded me of my own dog. I always wondered what it would have been like had Eliza and Moose met.
Moose was born on December 24, 1990, the youngest of his litter. Like my Eliza, he was the largest pup in the lot, presumably outliving the bulk of his brothers and sisters. He was a major handful (Hi Eliza!) so much so that, becoming too much of a liability to his original family, he was packed up and shipped off at 2 ½ years to train with a showbiz animal company. Seeing what his own family couldn’t see, his trainers described him as “highly trainable.” After only six months with the company, he landed the role of Eddie.
Eddie quickly became a popular character. Sources state that Moose received more fan mail than his human cast mates. From their chemistry on the show, I would’ve assumed that Moose and John Mahoney (Martin) got along well, however Mahoney once was quoted as saying, that Moose was “greatly indifferent towards us (the other cast members).” Surprising!
At the show’s height of popularity, Moose was featured on several magazine covers. Also, he was photographed for an official Moose calendar. If that wasn’t enough an “autobiography” entitled, My Life as a Dog, was co-written with television writer, Brian Hargrove. More of a television actor than a film star, he only appeared in one movie, My Dog Skip. Until he retired, Moose was a very busy dog.
Sadly, Moose passed away of natural causes on June 22, 2006. He was sixteen in human years, seventy-eight in dog years. He was survived by his two sons Enzo (He did the stunts for his dad when the Frasier crew decided that Moose was too old to do his own.) and Moosie and a daughter named Miko. Thanks to Frasier reruns and the DVDs, Moose will not be forgotten. I’m sure he’s up in Heaven right now having a staring contest with God.
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