The World Has Lost its Ugliest Dog

November 11, 2008

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.


Cat Helped Create World’s Ugliest Dog

June 24, 2008

By Adele

Some feisty tomcat in Gus’ past cost him an eye, but it worked in Gus’ favor at the 20th annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair held in Petaluma, Calif. on June 21.

Gus is a pedigreed hairless Chinese Crested – which means he’s hideous even on a good day. Being also one-eyed, three-legged, and suffering from skin cancer helped him beat all the other ugly contestants, including Sam, a truly horrifying Chinese Crested who’d won 3 years straight from 2003-2005.

Gus traveled from Florida with his owners, Jeanenne and Janey Teed, who rescued him from life in a crate in someone’s garage. Now he’s on national TV and a guest on CBS This Morning.

In addition to being visually repugnant, Gus is hardly Mr. Personality. He slept through most of the competition, but when he’s awake, he bites.

The cat world has few such events because ugly cats are rare. Well, some look like they smashed into a wall face-first, but their gorgeous fur still makes them favorites at cat shows.

Most cat owners would never exploit our diseases and deformities for 15 minutes of fame because it’s just not worth sleeping on urine-soaked pillows. Payback is hell.

There’s a sad Web site looking for “ugly cats,” but it mostly features cats wearing ugly facial expressions, especially when they’re sopping wet. One owner exposes her poor cat Sticky’s cleft palate. Shame on her!

Animal Planet airs the World’s Ugliest Dog competition in October. If you watch it, don’t be eating.

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