The “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest needed to be canceled the previous two years because of the pandemic. But now, it’s again and extra amusing than ever. Most individuals don’t like to consider their canines as “ugly,” however these canines embrace their distinctive appearances whereas being nice advocates for rescue canines and abuse survivors.

Mr. Happy Face is the 2022 winner of the Ugliest Dog Contest, and he appears to be having fun with all the additional love and a spotlight. This hairless canine had a tough life till lately, however his new human is ensuring he has the very best senior years doable. Not each aged pup can say they received a well known contest!

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From Unwanted Shelter Dog to Celebrity

Janeda Banelly from Arizona needed to undertake a shelter canine, however the pup she had her eye on already discovered a house. So, she requested to satisfy essentially the most “unadoptable” canine that they had, and out hobbled Mr. Happy Face.

The 17-year-old Chinese Crested combine has no hair on his physique, aside from a small mohawk on his head. His lengthy tongue is all the time hanging out the facet of his mouth, and he has a everlasting head tilt. Banelly all the time discovered these qualities endearing, and plenty of canine lovers would in all probability agree. So, regardless of the issues, she adopted him.

Mr. Happy Face got here from a hoarding scenario, and on his adoption day, he was suspected to solely have a month to stay. He had medicines he’d must take for all times, and he has tumors and different points associated to inbreeding. Yet, Banelly has had Mr. Happy Face for ten months now, and he’s nonetheless thriving. All he wanted was somebody to present him additional love and care.

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“He was the happiest creature that I had ever met,” Banelly stated. “He hobbled up to me and chose me. I vowed that day, he would be so loved that he would never remember how awful his previous life had been.”

A Last Minute Entry

The contest was held in Petaluma, California, which is sort of a hike from Banelly’s Arizona residence. Yet, she lately visited California to document her new radio present for indigenous youth. While she was there, a child talked about the ugly canine contest and recommended she enter Mr. Happy Face since they had been close by.

So, Banelly determined to enter her canine companion on the final minute. Mr. Happy Face can’t stroll effectively, so he wants a stroller in public, however that solely gave him a bonus when he arrived on the fairgrounds. Banelly is aware of her canine is lovable in a novel manner, however she thought getting into him within the contest would share a great message.

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“I believe that this humble soul is also being an example, in subtle ways, to help humans realize that even old dogs need love and a family too,” Banelly stated.

Dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds competed, however Mr. Happy Face received! His victory introduced one other nice story to the World’s Ugliest Dog competitors’s legacy.

Congratulations, Mr. Happy Face!

Mr. Happy Face and Banelly received the grand prize of $1,500. They additionally received a visit to New York City so they might seem on The Today Show. The well-known pup is now absorbing all of the love from his new followers.

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But Mr. Happy Face wasn’t the one star that competed. Some different notable mentions are a Pekingese distemper survivor named Wild Thang (second place) and a Brussels Griffon named Monkey from a hoarding scenario (third place).

“Since the ’70s, the Contest has been a testament that all dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man’s (or woman’s) best friend,” a launch stated.

Looks aren’t crucial factor when adopting a canine, however as an alternative, their persona is what ought to stand out essentially the most. There are so many shelter canines with tough pasts that simply want somebody to take an opportunity on them as Banelly did for Mr. Happy Face.

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