The annual Worldâ€šÃ "Ã´s Ugliest Dog Contest celebrates homely pooches for their inner beauty in Petaluma".
Once a year, with teeth bared, tongues dangling and faces smushed, these beasts waddle their way down a red carpet for the chance to win $1,500 and a trophy. The seemingly-bizarre competition is being held in a USA state to celebrate man's best friend's ideal imperfections.
Organizers say the contest has been held in Petaluma for more than 50 years and is in its 29th year at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Numerous dogs featured are up for adoption, or have been previously adopted. Past winners have had hair sticking out in odd places, a penguin-like way of waddling or a shortened spine, but deep down - way, way deep down - they're just as lovable as any other pooch.
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A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo bested 16 other homely hounds in last year's competition and waddled away with $1,500, a trophy and a flight to NY with her owner, Jason Wurtz, for media appearances.
And even though Peanut looks nothing like a peanut, somehow no other name would be as sweet.
"We're proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great addition to any family", Sonoma-Marin Fair CEO Erin Post explained in a news release.
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