Vote for the 2016 World’s Ugliest Dog!
Mark your calendars, folks.
On June 24, the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest will be crowned at the Sonoma Marin Fair in Petaluma, California — and you can vote!
And if you live in the Petaluma area, you can even enter your own “ugly” pooch in the contest.
Past winners of coveted crown include Walle, a basset hound/boxer mix, Peanut, a tiny chihuahua with a history of abuse and last year’s winner, Quasimodo, a short-spined mixed breed.
The grand prize includes a massive trophy and $1,500 cash – not too shabby! There is also a Spirit Award for the dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or giving back to their community in a meaningful way.
Entries and votes will be accepted until June 22, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and vote! While votes will be taken into account as part of the competition, the winner will ultimately be decided by a panel of dog-loving judges.
The judges score the dogs on five metrics: first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness (which cannot have been altered for purposes of the contest), personality and audience impression.
And lest anyone feel bad about voting for a dog as the “World’s Ugliest”, not to worry — it’s all about raising awareness that all dogs deserve the best lives possible. “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.” says Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
The World’s Ugliest dog also gets a chance to live that Hollywood lifestyle — past winners have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Good Morning America and other international news programs.
To vote for this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog or to enter your homely hound in the race, head on over to the Sonoma-Marin Fair website.
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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