PETALUMA, Calif. — Some would say it’s a face only a mother could love. However, at this competition, there is no shortage of lovers of all faces fuzzy, disheveled, lopsided, or just plain ugly. You could call it the anti-beauty pageant.
Welcome to the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition, where the little pups nobody wanted are celebrated for their imperfections.
See more entrants to the 2016 World’s Ugliest Dog competition.
On Friday, the contest crowned a new champion: Sweepee Rambo, a 17-year-old Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix.
SweePee’s owner, Jason Wurtz, told Today that SweePee is “the best friend I have.” He said she’s been coming to work with him for the past 17 years.
“I’ve had girlfriends over the years and they were jealous of her,” Wurtz said. “And like I told them, she was here when you came and she’ll be here when you leave.”
You won’t see SweePee bringing home any ribbons from the Westminster Kennel Club, but for this contest, she had it all: a frazzled, white mohawk, discolored eyes (SweePee is blind), a tongue that hangs out and a, shall we say, bathroom problem that forces her to wear diapers.
The contest, now in its 28th year, has risen in popularity with around 2,000 – 3,000 people in attendance. The winner gets a $15,000 check and a trophy.
Wurtz says he will use the money to pay for the removal of a tumor that recently popped up on SweePee’s gum line.
SweePee might not be so easy on the eyes, but every dog has its day.