Saturday, July 02, 2011

An ugly champion

Yoda proves that even the ugliest dog is pretty darn cute.
Assalamu alaikum, my flock. Today, the ministry extends its paw in congratulations to Yoda, a Chinese crested-Chihuahua mix who recently won the prestigious World's Ugliest Dog Contest. Yoda beat out 29 other contestants at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California and took home $1,600 in prize money. 

Although not terribly ugly by historical standards (who could forget the legendary Sam), the 14-year-old competed honorably and proved more than capable of fetching the ugly stick. Caretaker Terry Devine-Schumacher said the contest recognizes dogs who might otherwise go unnoticed -- never a bad thing. 

Yoda gets a good-luck kiss
before the competition.
"Something like this allows dogs like Yoda to shine," she told the Hanford Sentinel.

Devine-Schumacher said her daughter found Yoda in a field when the dog was 2 years old.

"Nicole came to me holding her and kept asking ‘Look, look, mama, what I found! Can I keep it?'" Devine-Schumacher said. "I wasn't sure at first and almost told her no, because at first I thought she was holding a rat or something else. But then we realized the poor thing was a dog, and we've loved and cared for her ever since."


LemonySarah said...

It's hard to find an ugly dog!

jimt said...

I was just fine until I saw that kiss…

Anonymous said...

Whose tongue is that?

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Anonymous said...

Dear ayatollah,

In your golden years where your fur may not be as shiny, have you perhaps thought of entering this contest ?

Yours truly. Don't mean to disparage ... just a question.


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Ayatollah Mugsy said...

This is true, LemonySarah.

The champ was clearly an affectionate dog, Jimt.

I cannot say, Anonymous One. Perhaps a man-groupie trying to cash in on Yoda's success?

It seems highly unlikely that I could win such a contest Anonymous One. But it would be fun to try.