The contest for the world’s ugliest dog, held at the Sonoma Marin Fair in the U.S. state of California, was won by an elderly dog named Mr. Happy Face.
The new owner of the title “The Ugliest Dog in the World” is already 17 years old. Mr. Happy Face is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Chinese Crested Dog. The dog has very little fur, hangs his tongue, suffers from tumors and neurological diseases, and needs diapers. The dog walks very badly, and when he is happy, he makes noises that sound like metal grinding. All this did not stop the old man from winning the contest and impressing the judges. The dog’s owner said she found him in a shelter in 2021. Someone had given up on the old man and didn’t want to take care of him.
Despite the odds, Benally adopted him. “Mr Happy Face came to us with the veterinarian letting us know that adopting him would be an act of hospice for this decrepit old dog who would need lifelong medication,” wrote Benally in the note.
“When I first met him, he was the happiest creature that I had ever met. He hobbled up to me and chose me. I vowed that day, he would be so loved that he would never remember how awful his previous life had been,” added Bebally in her heartfelt introductory note.