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 John Woestendiek June 27th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Now that Pabst is an official celebrity, having been crowned “World’s Ugliest Dog,” it’s only a matter of time before the puparrazi show up, the secrets in his closet come out and his dirty laundry becomes as public as his underbite.
We’ll start things off by showing you some rare, little known footage (until I found it on YouTube) of Pabst at the beach recently — wearing nothing but a harness (and seeming to be a little afraid of the ocean).
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 John Woestendiek June 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Pabst, a boxer mix with a serious underbite, took top honors in Friday’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Marin- Sonoma Fair.
Pabst beat out five Chinese Cresteds — the breed that traditionally takes top honors in the competition — including a former world champion named Rascal to take first place.
Pabst fetched $1,600 in prize money, a modeling contract, and a table-full of collars, leashes and toys.
Pabst’s victory was an upset of sorts. The hairless and awkward-appearing Chinese Crested breed has dominated the contest for over seven years.
The onwer of Pabst, Miles Egstad, said he named his dog for his “bitter beer face.”
The annual contest started back in 1976. This year’s judges included Jon Provost, who played Timmy on “Lassie”; Karen “Doc” Halligan from “Groomer Has It,” “Dog Tales,” and “Animal Rescue 911”; and Sonoma-Marin Fair board member Brian Sobel.
Egstad said Pabst was originally rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy about 4 years ago. He recalls once being told by a friend, ”I’m so glad you adopted Pabst, because I don’t know if anyone else would!”
Pabst sports a two-inch underbite, a large burn scar on his stomach and his nails grow in any direction they feel, his owner says.
“Needless to say Pabst gets attention everywhere he goes,” he said. “In all actuality Pabst enjoys taking lots of naps and laying in the sun, and he is not the scary looking dog his teeth make him out to be.”
Posted by John Woestendiek June 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, boxer mix, california, chinese cresteds, contest, dog, dogs, fair, jon provost, karen halligan, marin-sonoma, miles egstad, pabst, petaluma, pets, ugliest dog, ugly, world's ugliest dog
A cat named Ugly is drawing stares at an Exeter, New Hampshire vet’s office, where clients say they can’t take their eyes off his striking appearance.
The cat — whose full name is Ugly Bat Boy — is bald some in places, has flowing fur in others, and he passes most of his time spread out on a warm computer.
The cat was part of a litter of four with a sister that looked just like him. That kitten died at only a few weeks old, but that was long enough for the veterinarian, a Dr. Bassett (appropriately enough), to become enamored with Bat Boy.
“The owner knew that I liked the way the sister looked, and I came in from lunch one day and this cat was sitting in a cage, and the owner said Dr. Bassett liked this cat, so that’s it,” Bassett said.
People come in and take pictures of him on their cell phones,” said veterinary employee Christie Hartnett. “The impression from clients that come in is he’s not real because he just sits so still, and when he does move, he scares them, but they think he’s mesmerizing,” Hartnett said.
The office staff was getting so many questions about the cat that they put up a couple of fliers saying he’s about 8 years old and perfectly normal in every way — just ugly.
Ugly Bat Boy, I presume is named after the creature created, er … discovered by the Weekly World News — that Florida publication that was doing fake news long before it was cool, keeping us apprised of the latest sightings of Elvis, aliens, Bigfoot and more. I had the pleasure of visiting and doing a story about about its wacky staff before it went out of business, a reprint of which is still online.
It’s good to see Bat Boy’s name living on in a hideous cat. (Actually, I can see the cat’s inner beauty, just as I saw the seriously misunderstood Bat Boy’s.)
As for Bat Boy, the cat, he has the run of the vet’s office in New Hampshire, and all the attention he can handle, according to a TV news report. “He likes it here,” Bassett said. “He’s comfortable. He likes the people petting him.”
Of course, anything this “ugly” deserves a video. So here it is.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 4th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, bald, bassett, bat boy, cat, exeter, hairless, new hampshire, pets, ugly, ugly bat boy, vet, veterinarian, video, weekly world news
Of course, we’re using “ugly” in a nice way. Perhaps we should spell it a different way, like phat instead of fat. How about “uglee?” Something that is uglee, pronounced ug-LEEEE, is so hideous as to actually be cool; whereas ugly, pronounced UG-lee, is, well, just plain ugly with no redeeming value.
Feel free to use my newly coined hip phrase at your will. But back to the contest winners.
Above is Bella, a lab/pit bull mix adopted from the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society (in Kentucky). Her owner, Megan Fisher, says they call this her ”Cosby Sweater” and reports that she loves wearing it.
The other finalists included Kasey, who has outgrown the number being modeled above, and Landon, a Yorkie mix currently up for adoption through PPAWSS, Promoting Pet Adoptions and Welfare in Sulphur Springs (Texas).
Then there was Hot Momma, the Chinese-Crested (a breed that actually needs sweaters) who was submitted by Angela M. Shatzer of Carolina Poodle Rescue in Spartanburg, SC; and Isabel, whose owner notes she ”definitely looks like a chub of sausage in this sweater.” Isabel’s not fond of the sweater, but it keeps her from rubbing the hair off her belly.
You can see all the finalists and read about them on Petfinders blog.
But be forewarned, they (the sweaters, not the dogs) are ug-LEEEEEE!
(Photos courtesy of petfinder.com)
Posted by John Woestendiek December 11th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: apparel, christmas, clothing, contest, dog, dog sweaters, dogs, e-cards, holidays, petfinder, sweaters, uglee, ugly, ugly sweaters
I think this guy’s expression pretty much sums it up — sort of, “c’mon, are you serious?”
But here’s a chance to put that holiday sweater to good use. Petfinder.com is having an ugliest pet sweater contest, and the winner will grace a Petfinder holiday e-card.
You must act quickly though, and submit your picture — it can be you, your dog, or the both of you in ugly holiday sweaters — by Sunday, Nov. 23.
(Photo courtesy of petfinder.com)
Gus, the irrepressible, one-eyed, three-legged, nine-year-old Chinese crested who was named the World’s Ugliest Dog at the 20th Annual Sonoma-Marin Fair in northern California, has died of skin cancer.
Gus, from St. Petersburg, Florida, was rescued by his owners, Jeanenne Teed and her daughter Janey, after they learned that it was being kept in a crate in someone’s garage.
When her pet won the contest in June, Teed said the prize money would be put toward the dog’s radiation treatment. Gus, who lost an eye in a fight with a cat, was also missing a leg that was amputated because of a skin tumor.
When Gus accompanied Janey to school one day, frightened teachers corralled him into a bathroom with a broomstick. He had a long, skinny rat tail, and looked as if he had been in a fire.
“He was the most hideous thing I had ever seen,” Jeanenne told the St. Petersburg Times, which ran an excellent story yesterday on the demise of Gus.
Recently, the cancer that took his leg returned, appearing in his spine and pressing into his abdomen. By September, he was too weak to walk. Jeaneanne, a certified public accountant, used his prize money, and her mortgage payment for October, to pay the $5,000 bill for chemotherapy.
Gus was buried in a tiny grave in the family’s backyard. Next to it, Jeaneanne planted a Butterfly bush with golden flowers.
“Something beautiful,” she said, “to grow out of all that ugly.”
Posted by John Woestendiek November 12th, 2008 under Muttsblog.
Tags: cancer, chinese, competition, contest, crested, death, died, dies, dog, fair california, gus, hairless, marin, rescue, sonoma, tumore, ugly, world's ugliest dog