The World Has Lost its Ugliest Dog

By Adele

It’s a mystery why God didn’t give cats and dogs nine lives. Gus, the hideous Chinese Crested from Florida who won the World’s Ugliest Dog competition in June, was forced to check out at the height of his fame.

The 9-year-old dog suffered a recurrence of skin cancer that spread to other organs. He’d been battling it for a long time, and when he won the competition, his owner had said his winnings would finance radiation treatments.

Gus didn’t have an easy life. As a puppy, he was rescued from a crate in some callous human’s garage. Then he lost a leg to a skin tumor, and lost an eye to a cat.

But in the last few months of his life, his unusual looks made him a star. We hope he got a chance to enjoy his celebrity.

We can’t claim to be dog-lovers, but Cats Working is truly saddened by Gus’ passing and hope he’s romping right now in heaven as a happy, healthy puppy with all his parts.

Rest in peace, Gus.

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4 Responses to The World Has Lost its Ugliest Dog

  1. Mauigirl says:

    Poor Gus. I wonder whether having bred this hairless dog, we humans haven’t made them more prone to skin cancer?

  2. catsworking says:

    We don’t know if Gus spent a lot of time out in the sun, but he lived in Florida, so it’s possible he did get too much at some point in his life that triggered his problems.

    Fred and I are pure white and we love to sunbathe. Karen is always warning us not to get too much on our faces because she worries about our pink noses and ears. She’d put sunblock on us if we wouldn’t just lick it off or smear it all over the place.

    I don’t think most humans consider how much sun exposure their pets get.

  3. Adele says:

    I think a couple of the previous Ugliest Dog winners also died of skin cancer. Alice and I feel bad about Gus, as well; you have to wonder whether highly bred animals like Chinese Cresteds and hairless cats for that matter, tend to have more health problems.

    Adele, regarding your post about Tama, I had Alice jump up on my computer desk, so that she could take a look at Tama, who looks very much like (save for the fact that Ophelia had pure white front legs) our dear departed calico, Ophelia. My experience with calicos is limited, but of the six cats, who’ve lived with me, Ophelia was, by far, the most outgoing. I can imagine her easily assuming a job as a greeter; she loved having company, when I had a big party, she tried to greet every guest.

    The Obama dog will be an instant celebrity, but I don’t think he/she will have to work. Fond of whimsy, as I am, I hope the Obama dog doesn’t have a cam, like Barney Bush, or write books, like Millie Bush — the Republicans have done that stuff to death. Alice just thinks it’s unfortunate that the Malia and Sasha won’t know the joy of living with a cat.

  4. catsworking says:

    It seems that having no fur can’t really be good for them. I was just reading about some hairless Peruvian dog with big ears that’s been offered to the Obamas, and they said it runs very hot to keep its body temp. up. I wonder if that would make it burn out faster?

    Somehow, I can’t see Michelle Obama taking the time to write any books for the family pets.

    We have a cousin named Noel who’s a calico, and she’s the most laid-back cat in the whole family. She even flew to Scotland in the cargo hold of a plane without losing her mind. Fortunately, on the trip back, she got to ride in the passenger compartment.

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