1.8 Pound Mutt Claims World’s Ugliest Dog Title

A 1.8 pound mutt from California took the 23rd annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at  the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma lastnight, taking the title from a field of 29 contestants of questionable beauty. The packed crowd settled on Yoda in the mutt round and she quickly sailed past the Ring of Champions to win.

Her owner, Terry Devine Schumacher, is from Hanford, California and said the dog was found by her daughter in a field when she was two, “I told her to put it down because I thought it was a rat.” However they soon learned otherwise and the dog has been in the family now for 14 years.

Her irregular features, scruffy fur, especially between her toes and tiny stance made her a crowd favorite. Other favorites coming into the contest were Icky, Cuda, Handsome Hector and Ratdog.

The Sonoma-Marin Fair allowed the audience a vote this year via text (ala American Idol) and Yoda quickly skyrocketed to the top of the text voting. The judges concurred and a new winner was named.

Yoda wins a trophy 15 times her size and $1,000 as this year’s winner. She also receives a photo shoot with Kira Stackhouse of Nuena Photography and a pampered overnight stay in the luxurious Loft Suite at the Sheraton Sonoma County. In addition, most dogs enjoy fame as the World’s Ugliest Dog, hitting the talk show circuit and becoming a star at local dog events.

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