The World’s Ugliest Dog for 2013 is Walle, a four-year-old mix of Beagle, Boxer, Basset and probably several more. He waddled off with the prize at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.
There are other ugly dog contests, but this is the original, celebrating 25 years.
As ugly as he is, (and we think he is actually kind of cute) he could be a poster dog for spay and neuter. He looks sort of like someone had photoshopped different parts of other dogs to create him, with his big head and stubby little legs.
I’m just glad to see that a Chinese Crested didn’t win. They have been perennially “Ugliest Dogs.” I’m sure they were loving dogs, but some of them have just seemed scary and pathetic.
Walle won $1500, a trophy and appearances on national TV shows. Walle will become a celebrity to raise awareness for ugly dogs everywhere who can be loving pets.
All proceeds go to animal charities.
Extreme Dog Grooming is becoming more and more popular as dog groomers compete for prizes and trophies all over the country by turning the dogs, usually Poodles, into an art form.
Kobe the Poodle won a recent competition in Florida in a tribute to Sesame Street, Big Bird on the front and Elmo in the rear, with Oscar the Grouch on the other side.
I’ve been kind of critical of these in the past, but I’ve heard from a lot of dog groomers who have convinced me that their dogs love the grooming and attention. Extreme grooming is a bonding experience for them.
Is it art? Beauty? It’s all as I said in the eye of the beholder.