Worst in Show: The Ugliest Dog Contest
How far would you go to have your dog proclaimed the world’s ugliest?
For some people the answer would be not very far at all.
For others, it’s all the way to Petaluma, California.
There, every year, dogs and their owners (emphasis on their owners) compete to be crowned the “Ugliest Dog in the World.”
If that’s not worth a documentary, then what is?
“Worst in Show“ takes viewers into the world of the ugly dog circuit, and behind the scenes of the 2010 “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest, showing both its sweet side and its highly competitive one.
Filmmakers John Beck and Don R. Lewis document not just the “ugliness” of the dogs, but the sometimes obsessive nature of the people behind them.
The movie features Pabst, 2009′s winner, who has a 2-inch underbite; Rascal, an African Sand Dog who has been on several television shows; Icky, a nearly hairless 6-month old rescued Chinese Crested whose owner shaved his head into a matching mohawk for the event; and Winston, who bears a scar across his head from Hurricane Katrina. His owner, Ashley, hopes winning the contest will spread the word about rescue dogs, particularly those who, because of their unconventional looks, have trouble being adopted.
‘Worst in Show’ provides some insight into what we call ugliness, what we call beauty, what we call fame and how far we’ll go to get it. All in all, the classiest participants are the dogs. But look hard enough and you can find some of the more redeeming qualities of our species as well.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 22nd, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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