PETALUMA, CA (KPIX/CNN) – It is not quite the dog days of summer yet. But it sure seemed like it Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma.
An ugly dog contest featured some of the most unsightly dogs ever. 29 dogs entered this year’s competition.
The World’s Ugliest Dog competition is not for the faint of heart. But at least you can be honest at the show.
You can say it out loud, ‘that dog is ugly, that’s an ugly dog.’
“I think she’s cute. But really, if people were honest, not so much,” said Linda Elmquist, a Tucson, AZ, resident and ugly dog owner.
Quasimodo of Florida is a real specimen: Half dog and half hyena.
“Oh, yeah, beautiful eyes, beautiful gold green eyes. Well, she’s got a wart above that eye. I hope they saw the wart,” said Virginia Sayer, a Waxahachie, FL, resident.
But it’ll take more than warts to stop another dog: Peanut from Greenville, NC. He’s a shelter rescue, a victim of abuse who was burned in a fire.
“He doesn’t’ have lips anymore. His eyelids are also gone, so he can’t close his eyes. So his eyes water, the tears drain into his nose and make snot bubbles, that adds to his character,” said Holly Chandler, a Greenville, NC, resident.
Great back story, but really, it’s his shocking face that wins the prize.
The winner is announced. In first place, “Peanut!”
“He’s my baby, I guess I don’t see him every day as being that ugly, but I guess the judges thought so,” Chandler said.
In addition to the four-foot trophy, Peanut and his owner won $1,500.