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June 27, 2008

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! 



March 25, 2008

The  Hairless Chinese Crested is a very unusual looking dog. chinese-crested.jpgThey have a mouth structure where their teeth point forward and they have problems with soft and loose teeth that easily fall out. It’s not unusual for them to be toothless by the age of four. Since they have no fur on their body they sunburn easily. You have to put a moisturizer on them. Would you believe that they get acne?  Although they are unusual looking, I wouldn’t say that they are an ugly breed of dog.

Every year at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma California dogs compete for the Worlds Ugliest Dog Competition. Most of these dogs are hairless Chinese Crested, or mixed Chinese Crested dogs.  This is a picture of Archie who won the Worlds Ugliest Dog Competition in 2006. He was abandoned and scheduled for euthanasia. His owner found out about him and adopted him without even seeing him. The shelter paid for 1/2 of his fees. Archie had four teeth.


Then there’s Elwood who won the competition last year. He is a Chinese Crested mix. He was adopted after it was found out that his breeder was going to put him down because he was too ugly to sell. He was not ugly to his owner, who thinks he is beautiful inside. It is not unusual to see a Hairless Chinese Crested dog with their tongues sticking out. This is because of their lack of teeth. Looks like Elwood has no teeth.


Then there’s Tinky, my sweet little 2 year old Chihuahua. I should have entered her last year, but didn’t. I know she would have won first place. Sometimes she’s a mean little dog and she really looks ugly when she snarls. She is so mean, she gave her “brother” Jonesy a “shiner”.


Here is a YouTube Video of some of the ugliest dogs. Disclaimer…this video is rated U for Ugly.