Thursday, December 4, 2008

2008 ugly dog champ loses battle with cancer

Belated death notice. I love the dogs in the Ugly Dog competition. While Victoria is my all-time favorite (see her pic and profile by scrolling down on this list of 2006 contenders), Gus was also very heart-touching.

World's ugliest dog dies after cancer battle

A one-eyed, three-legged dog that won the title of world's ugliest canine last summer has died after losing a battle with skin cancer.

Gus, a nine-year-old Chinese crested dog from St Petersburg, Florida, captured the hearts of judges at the 20th Annual World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in northern California.

The dog, which was bald except for a white tuft on the top of its head, came from humble origins. Gus had one eye, after losing the other years ago in a fight with a cat, and hobbled through life on three legs after the fourth was amputated because of a skin tumour.

The dog was rescued by Jeanenne Teed and her daughter Janey when it was a puppy after they learned that it was being kept in a crate inside someone's garage.

When her pet won the contest in June, Ms Teed said the prize money would be put toward the dog's radiation treatment...


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