The 20th Annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest was held last Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Unfortunately the World’s Ugliest Dog contest was not aired on TV, so most of America missed it. Luckily, it will air on Animal Planet in October.
Seven year old Gus, a pedigree Chinese crested won hands down. Gus is toothless, three legged (one amputated because of a skin tumor) , missing one eye (lost to a tomcat in a cat fight) , and has no hair except for a little white tuft on the top of his head. Gus is so hairless that his official color is pink and black. His tail looks like it belongs on a rat.
Since Gus was diagnosed with skin cancer, he couldn’t attend last years competition because the chemotherapy had worn down his immune system. He had a relapse in January, and is currently facing radiation treatments. But that didn’t stop Gus, who came all the way from St. Petersburg Florida to compete this year.
Despite all of Gus’s hardships, he is well loved by his owners, mother and daughter Jeanenne and Janey Teed. Gus was adopted by Jeannene and her 16 year old daughter Janey through word of mouth when they discovered he was being neglected and kept in a crate in a garage of someones home. They are going to make good use of Gus’s $1,600.00 winnings by putting it towards his radiation treatments.
I am thinking of Gus and he will be in my prayers. He is a tough little guy and I have all the confidence that he will get well soon.
Don’t you just love Gus? I know I do!