Meet Sweepee Rambo, The 2016 World’s Ugliest Dog
At the ripe old age of 17, Sweepee Rambo is basking in her newfound fame.
The Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix was crowned the 2016 “World’s Ugliest Dog” last weekend at the Sonoma-Marina County Fair in Petaluma, California.
Weighing in at just 4 pounds, Sweepee is blind, hairless (save for the grey tufts sprouting from her head) and covered in freckles with a perpetually wagging tongue.
But don’t feel too sorry for Sweepee being crowned with such a seemingly ignominious title — she’s already an instant celebrity, having made an appearance on the Today Show (which will likely be the first of many TV appearances!) and is loved to pieces by her owner.
She also stands as an representative for dogs everywhere, particularly the ones that may not fit the traditional fluffy, cute and cuddly mold. In fact, that’s the entire point of the annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition — to showcase dogs that may not be conventionally cute and demonstrate that all dogs are lovable, adoptable and worthy of amazing furever homes, despite any so-called imperfections.
And you don’t have to tell that to Sweepee Rambo’s proud owner, Jason Wurtz — she’s always been top dog in his eyes.
“I’ve had girlfriends over the years and they were jealous of her and like I told them, she was here when you came and she’ll be here when you leave, that’s the best friend I have,” Wurtz told TODAY.
She has even ridden to work with Wurtz on his motorcycle every day for the past 17 years — talk about bad to the bone!
So congratulations, Sweepee Rambo! Long may you reign, demonstrating to hoo-mans everywhere that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
Christina Peden is a lifelong animal lover and avid wordsmith. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Ryan where they are proud pet parents to puppy, Matilda and cat, Oscar. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying Toronto, Canada's all-too-short patio season, taking advantage of the city's numerous parks or curled up with a good book.
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