Ah, the glory days for Mike the dog.
Last week Mike, who plays the neurotic family pet Matisse in "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," bounced easily from an "interview" with Newsweek (headlined "Hot Dog") to a guest spot in Little Richard's latest video. He also took a meeting with literary agent Barbara Lowenstein (who wants trainer Clint Rowe to ink the pup's bio) and made a personal appearance at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC where "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" is playing.
There was time for some ego massaging as well. Rowe had Mike's paw print taken for thousands of pawdographed 8x10 glossies.
Meanwhile, and the hot critical notices keep coming:
"Oscar-caliber work"--Janet Maslin, N.Y. Times.
"Transcends the usual doggie reaction--he actually becomes a character in the story"--Paul Attanasio, Washington Post.
"A bona-fide wonder dog"--Michael Burkett, Orange County Register.
"The film's real star"--John Powers, L.A. Weekly.
"Most lovable screen animal in years"--Mike Clark, USA Today.
"Matisse . . . proves to be the most blatant scene-stealer"--Kathleen Carroll, N.Y. Daily News.