Sweepee Rambo, the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix who took home the top prize at the World’s Ugliest Dog competition on Sunday, is a champion in the true sense of the word.
A little unconventional-looking with a milky right eye, big ears and a tongue that just won’t quit, Sweepee fought her way to first place after coming in second last year at the Sonoma-Marin Fair’s annual event.
The 17-year-old dog, who is blind and just 4-lbs., has also been fighting unfortunate circumstances her whole life, escaping several dog pounds before ultimately ending up with her current owner, Jason Wurtz.
“I’ve had girlfriends over the years, and they were jealous of her,” Wurtz told Today.
While it may seem a bit mean to call dogs “ugly,” the point of the competition is to celebrate dogs that are less likely to be adopted, for superficial reasons.
“We’re proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great add to any family,” Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, said in a statement.
Wurtz took home a trophy and $1,500 — and we hope he shares some of the spoils with Sweepee, maybe in the form of peanut butter and kisses.