24 June 2007

world's ugliest dog

From the Associated Press and syndicated in newspapers worldwide
N.J. Dog Crowned World's Ugliest

PETALUMA, Calif. - Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world's ugliest dog Friday, a distinction that delighted the New Jersey mutt's owners.

Elwood, dark colored and hairless , save for a mohawk-like puff of white fur on his head , is often referred to as "Yoda," or "ET," for his resemblance to those famous science fiction characters.

"I think he's the cutest thing that ever lived," said Elwood's owner, Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, New Jersey.

Quigley brought Elwood out to compete for the second year at the annual ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair. Elwood placed second last year.

Most of the competing canines were also Chinese Crested, a breed that features a mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue.

Quigley said she rescued Elwood two years ago. "The breeder was going to euthanize him because she thought he was too ugly to sell," said Quigley.

"So ha ha, now Elwood's all over the Internet and people love him and adore him."

Beyond the regal title of ugliest dog, Elwood also earned a $1,000 reward for his owner.

Yes, another 'world' contest and there were only entrants from one country..

Another lazy day. I meant to do lots of things. There is always next weekend...


Bogdan, the editor said...

I'm not bothered by it being called a world contest... particularly because it's just an ugly dog contest ... now, UNIVERSE would be pushing it for me.

I did a photo spread in the "real" paper I work for of these ugly dogs. I couldn't stop laughing at their ugly cuteness. Every one else, however, seemed grossed out.


Daniel said...

Hey Jen

I couldn't find an 'angle' at the time.

But seriously, ugliness is relative and beauty in the eyes of the beholder.