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TONGUE IN CHEEK
Rascal, who has claimed the world’s ugliest dog title at a Kiwanis Club contest in Del Mar, Calif., gives the judges good face at the Sonoma-Marin Fair’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif., last weekend.
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And we have a champ! One-eyed Princess Abby, a rescue dog who – according to judge Dr. Karen Halligan – was likely inbred. “[She’s] the poster child for spaying and neutering your animals,” says Halligan.
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Princess Abby receives a prize from mom Kathleen Francis – a kiss! – after winning it all. “I’ve never in my life had a pet that is so loving and sweet and cute,” Francis told PEOPLEPets.com.
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Rascal’s owner Dane Andrew gives him a lift during the competition. The longtime dog owner has been showing his Chinese cresteds, like Rascal, for years. In fact, the pup’s grandfather, grandmother and mother are all ugliest dog champs, too.
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Why hello there! Another competitor gives it his all before his big moment. More than 3,000 people turned out to watch the dogs strut their stuff during the 22nd annual contest.
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Owner Gahda Marta shares a smile with pooch Handsome Hector, who walked away with second prize. Better luck next year, guys!
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WITH BAITED BREATH
Contestant Chopper waits in the wings before taking the contest stage. Once up for judging, emcee Jon Reep joked the dog was “so hairy, if he was dropped in the Gulf he’d absorb all the oil himself.”
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Who you callin’ ugly? Pug Riley doesn’t quite look like he belongs. Perhaps he was looking for the cutest dog contest?
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Monkey Man somewhat lives up to his name, practically standing on two legs and sporting a human-like Mohawk while enjoying the action.
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After a tough loss, nothing beats a mother’s love! Kathy Kellman comforts Monkey Man and her other pooch, Piggy, after Princess Abby nabs the title.