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Saturday, August 06, 2005

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Where: Petaluma, Calif.

One look at reigning champion Sam, left, proves this contest doesn't mess around. Leave the cloying Chihuauaus at home and bring your ugly A-game to the Sonoma-Marin County Fair.

Sam, Champion Ugly Dog

Despite what their owners may think, some dogs are just ugly. In fact, some mutts are truly hideous. But nothing quite compares to the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog, a "beauty" pageant for comestically-challenged canines held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma each June. You know you've got one poor-looking pooch on your hands if can claim this prize.

But "ugly" doesn't even begin to describe Sam, a 14-year-old Chinese crested from Santa Barbara, Calif., who has taken away the dubious honor three years in a row (most recently in 2005). The tiny, nearly hairless dog looks as if he's been recently unearthed from some pet cemetary. His skin is covered in blackheads and warts, his blind eyes are milky white and his crooked teeth protrude like fangs. He's so ugly even some of the judges were taken aback when they first saw Sam.

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