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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yoda wins Ugliest Dog Contest

Some sweet, sorry-looking pets were entered in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest on Friday in Petaluma, Calif.
From The Associated Press:
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Yoda’s short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs were enough to earn it the World’s Ugliest Dog title at a Northern California fair.
The 14-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix won the honor Friday night at the 23rd annual contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair.
Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford, Calif., says the 2-pound dog has come a long way since she was found abandoned behind an apartment building. Schumacher says she first thought the pooch was a rat.
Yoda’s distinction comes a year after a one-eyed Chihuahua named Princess Abby claimed victory. A pedigree Chinese crested won in 2008 and another Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix was the ugliest in 2007.
In past years, the winner’s owner has received a $1,000 check.

Some of the contestants:
A judge evaluates Yoga, who won the contest. (Noah Berger/AP)

Handsome Hector, right, waits backstage, while Icky, left, eyes him. (Noah Berger/AP)

Hercules is a blind one-eyed 15-year-old pug. (Noah Berger/AP)

Dane Andrew holds Rascal, an African Sand Dog who Andrew says has won 14 ugly dog contest. (Noah Berger/AP)

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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