Mugly, a Chinese crested from the UK, won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Northern California on Friday.
Mugly will take home $1,000 and a year’s worth of dog cookies.
He beat out 28 other ugly dogs — all of whom can be found here.
The 8-year-old rescue dog from the United Kingdom will also be invited for a photo shoot and will receive a VIP stay at the local Sheraton.
“I couldn’t speak when they announced Mugly’s name,” said Bev Nicholson, the dog’s owner. “I didn’t know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog.”
Chinese cresteds traditionally take top honors at the event, held each year at the Marin-Sonoma Fairgrounds. Last year’s winner, Yoda, was a Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix. The 15-year-old dog died in March.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 25th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is finally going to start living up to its name this year, with its first contestant from across the pond.
Mugly and his owner, Bev Nicholson, arrived from Britain on Monday, KGO in San Francisco reported.
The contest is this Friday and first prize is $1,000.
Mugly, an 8-year-old Chinese crested, is the first British entry in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, held every year at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma.
You can see and vote on the ugliest dogs contenders here.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 21st, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Yoda, a 1.8-pound female Chinese crested-Chihuahua mix passed away Saturday, at age 15.
“Say a prayer today 4 my YODA,” Yoda’s owner, Terry Schumacher of Hanford, California, said in an email, according to the Hanford Sentinel.
“She passed away last night in her sleep. I will miss her funny little ways! But comforted knowing she will be joining my Mom and Dad, who loved her so much! Her memories will live on forever!!!”
Yoda won the dubious, but much sought after honor at the 23rd annual contest held last June at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma.
Contest officials say the title will remain in Yoda’s name until a new ugliest dog is crowned in June.
Schumacher found Yoda behind an apartment building and, after first mistaking her for a rat, took her into her home.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 15th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Yoda, a tiny mutt from California, won the 23rd annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma last night, beating out 28 other dogs competing for the title.
Her owner, Terry Devine Schumacher, of Hanford, California, said the 1.8 pound dog was found by her daughter in a field when she was two. “I told her to put it down because I thought it was a rat,” she said.
That was 14 years ago.
Yoda’s irregular features, scruffy fur, especially between her toes and her petite frame made her a crowd favorite.
Other favorites coming into the contest were Icky, Cuda, Handsome Hector, Ratdog. The Sonoma-Marin Fair allowed online voting this year, although the winner was picked by judges.
Yoda wins a trophy 15 times her size and $1,000 as this year’s winner. She also receives a photo shoot and an overnight stay in the luxurious Loft Suite at the Sheraton Sonoma County.
More fame is likely headed her way as well. Most winners of the World’s Ugliest Dog go on to the talk show circuit.
(Photo: Associated Press)
Posted by jwoestendiek June 25th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Who’s the ugliest of them all?
We won’t know that until after June 24 when a panel of judges at the Sonoma-Marin Fair will select the World’s Ugliest Dog from the 21 pooches vying for the honor.
Until then, we can vote. Our votes don’t count. But we can vote.
In online voting, the top two contenders so far are Icky, who won the online voting last year, and Cuda.
Icky was rescued from an animal hoarder, and won three ugliest dog contests before the age of one.
In doing so, he helped raise more than $1,600 for Sacramento charities. Icky co-stars in the film “Worst In Show,” which is about the ugly dog contest circuit.
Cuda, from Durham, N.C., is described by her owner as a pit bull-gargoyle mix. She was born deformed, with a curved spine and front legs of two different lengths
Her shoulders jut forward, her neck has limited movement and her tail “doesn’t even look like it’s attached correctly.” On top of all that, she has a severe underbite and snorts like a pig.
“She is the kindest and gentlest dog ever and has been given a clean bill of health by the vet. She is not in pain,” her owner says. “…I want her to have the opportunity to show the world that even deformed dogs are beautiful.”
You can see all the contenders and vote here.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 17th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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A malformed Chihuahua took top honors at the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Northern California on Friday.
Princess Abby Francis beat out Pabst, the boxer who won last year’s contest, and the usual slate of Chinese cresteds, to take the top prize.
With a gray, brown and black coat, an oddly curved back and legs, and a closed-up left eye, Abby, age 4, was rescued three months ago by Kathleen Francis.
Francis received a $1,000 check at the 22nd annual contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma.
“I don’t think she’s ugly at all,” Francis said. “I think she’s the most beautiful dog.”
Francis adopted Princess Abby from her veterinarian, according to the Associated Press. Her deformities are most likely a result of being inbred.
Contest judges included Veterinarian Karen “Doc” Halligan, Vertical Horizon lead singer Matt Scannell, “That 70′s Show” actress Christina Moore and fair board member Brian Sobel.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 27th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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So here’s a look at some of the ugly also-rans from the annual contest, part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.
OPIE — One of five Chinese Cresteds in this year’s competition, Opie, 10, was found by a good samaritan and taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for help. He had a large ulcerated mass on his side that the rescue center that later took him in had removed. It was cancer. The skin on his body was covered with sores, abrasions and dried blood. Half of his lower jaw was missing. He has only one tooth. The rescue center named him Ooglee, but his new owner thinking “he should have a nice little boy’s name,” changed it to Opie. “We are so happy that we adopted this little dog. He is the kindest, sweetest, most gentle dog I have ever known,” wrote his owner, who prepares Opie’s meals in a food processor. “He entered this contest and is going to Petaluma to show everyone that old dogs and dogs with disabilites can be great pets!”
MOJO — The only Shar-Pei in this year’s ugly dog contest, Mojo has a face only a mother could love, says her mother, “and I absolutely adore her.”
“Despite her appearance, she is the sweetest, most lovable dog you could wish for. She always causes a stir wherever we go,” her owner added.
” We do everything together, she is the love of my life and makes me look good.”
RASCAL — Rascal, the 2002 World’s Ugliest Dog winner, is owned by actor, Dane Andrew of Sunnyvale, Ca. Naturally hairless and weighing seven pounds, he sports what his owner describes as “Einstein hair, crooked face and a tongue that hangs out due to being born without many teeth.” Rascal has had roles in a few horror films, coming out soon, and has a cartoon strip and documentary soon to debut, both named “The Ugliest Dog.” Rascal uses his ugly for good, his owner said, and will soon be coming out with a “patented trademark hot dog leash,” proceeds from the sale of which will go towards animal charities.
ARF –Arf, 12, was rescued as a puppy from a pound where he was on death row. Through his life, he has faced many battles, his owner says — dermatological problems, a disfigured front paw and eventually the loss of his back leg.
“Although his hair is sparse, and he puzzles people he meets, this three-legged dog continues to walk in pride with a sparkle in his eyes and a wag in his tail.”
To see all of the entrants and learn more about the contest, click here.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Some of the ugliest dogs in San Diego gathered in Del Mar over the weekend in hopes of being proclaimed worst in show.
The honor went to Chomper, a pound pooch with a long speckled tongue that protrudes from his mouth — even when it’s closed.
“Chomper came in as a puppy about four years ago,” said Nola Chastang with San Diego Animal Rescue. “The whole litter had distemper. He’s the only survivor. He’s totally healthy, he’s been to the vet, checked out, he’s healthy.”
Chomper is a boxer mix, about four years old.
Proceeds from the event — this year’s was the 14th — go to the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter and other animal rescue projects across the county.