Eddie - Eddie - Long-haired Jack Russell
terrier on the situation comedy FRASIER/NBC/1993-2004.
Moose the Dog, a.k.a. Eddie and the
Cast of Frasier
Eddie belonged to Martin
Crane (John Mahoney) a retired disabled cop who lived with his
psychiatrist son, Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) in a high-rise
apartment in Seattle, Washington. Eddie spends his days lolling on Dr.
Crane's expensive sofa or curled up in the hideous green lounge chair of
Martin's stone-faced dog could do one thing extremely well - sit still and
stare. Eddie's obsession with staring often drove the neurotic Frasier
Crane bonkers. Even when the doctor was out of the apartment Eddie would
find a picture of Frasier and just stare at it.
Martin nicknamed his dog "Eddie Spaghetti" because he had worms. David
Hyde Pierce who played Niles Crane called Moose "Laurence Olivier in a
On episode "The Unkindest Cut of All" aired September 27, 1994 Eddie
impregnates a neighbor's dog, and it's decided it's time for Eddie to get
neutered. As Niles and Frasier try to catch Eddie, he flees out the door
and into Seattle.
On episode "Death and the Dog" aired February 11, 1997 Eddie is feeling
blue, so Martin hires a dog psychiatrist to determine the cause of his
Eddie was played by Moose the dog. His girlfriend, Folie (a.k.a. "Mrs.
Moose") served as his stand-in on the show. Eddie's trainer was
French-born Mathilde DeCagny, who worked for Hollywood animal supplier
Birds & Animals Unlimited. She uses a massage technique called the "Tellington
Touch" to sooth Moose's hyperactive nerve's and relax him; and offers
Moose treats from her "bait bag" to entice him to obey her commands.
Moose was born in a barn on December 24th 1990 in Weirsdale, Florida. He
was the fourth in the litter delivered by his mother, Tag the dog. Moose
spent his early years as a house dog in Orlando, Florida until his first
owners, Connie and Sam Thise, put him up for adoption because he was just
After his next owner (a blacksmith) returned the dog because Moose was
just too hard to handle, the dog was finally adopted by Kathy Morrison of
Universal Studios - Florida.
Immediately, Moose landed a starring role in Universal’s “Animal Actors’
Showcase.” A short time later, the up-and-coming canine moved to Hollywood
and landed the role of Eddie on FRASIER.
Moose soon made the rounds on the TV circuit with appearances on NBC’s
“THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, LEEZA,
THE PHIL DONOHUE SHOW, and numerous guest spots on various PBS, Discovery
Channel and Animal Planet programs.
He also appeared as "Sparky" in a Super Bowl Rold Gold Pretzels
commercial; graced the magazine covers of Life magazine, TV Guide,
Entertainment Weekly and Seattle Cigar Lifestyle; and had his own
In January 2000, Moose with the help of screenwriter Brian Hargrove
released an autobiography published by Harper Collins entitled My Life as
a Dog that offered a canine perspective on life.
During one such musing Moose said "My main role in the show is the little
irritant that will never go away. When the writers deviate too much from
my mission, I have to remind them of what I'm all about. so I politely
suggest that they have me star Frasier down again. They must always
remember that I am the Jack Benny of the Show and Frasier is my
The same year Moose costarred in the theatrical film My Dog Skip (2000)
portraying the mature version of Skip. Moose's son, Enzo, played the young
Skip in the film (Enzo was also his dad's stand-in on FRASIER).
In a US magazine article (10/20/2000) we leaned that "Moose possesses no
teeth, having chewed them off on plaster, rubber, wood, marble, vinyl, masonite, beaverboard, slate and cat dolls." And Moose's trainer Mathilde
DeCagny summarized her thoughts on that choice of dog breed saying "By the
way, if you want a small dog for your apartment, get a bulldog -- a toy
poodle, a dachshund or, better yet, a mutt from the pound. If you are
thinking of getting a Jack Russell, don't."
On Thursday June 22, 2006, Moose the Dog died of old age at the Los
Angeles home of his trainer Mathilde DeCagny Halberg. He was 16 and a
TRIVIA NOTE: Other dogs on the show were
Gerhart & Gestalt, two Doberman Pinscher owned Frasier's brother,
psychiatrist Niles Crane. They were later given away by Niles' estranged
wife, Maris. Once, Niles purchased a skinny, anemic looking dog (a
Whippet). Niles' brother, Frasier Crane looked at the dog and realized it
must have subconsciously reminded Niles of Maris.
Martin: It acts like Maris, it barks like Maris. Aside from
the fact that it eats once in a while, they're practically dead ringers. --
Episode "Death and the Dog"
Frasier on Niles' dog: She is high-strung, cold to the touch
and ignores you. My God, stand her upright, take ten pounds off her, put
her in a Chennil suit and whaddya got? -- Episode "To Kill a Talking Bird "
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