The annual World's Ugliest Dog contest, held during the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., saw 29 homely but still lovable pups vie for top, er, dog. When the fur settled, it was Peanut, a humble shelter-rescue mutt from Greenville, N.C., who took home the blue ribbon.
Peanut's owner, Holly Chandler, displays the proud boy. Chandler and Peanut will take home a cash prize of $1,500. Next up, Peanut will embark on media tours in New York and San Francisco.
Peanut basks in his newfound glory. Judges for the contest score dogs on the first impressions they make as well on unusual attributes, natural ugliness, personality, and audience impressions. The highest-scoring pedigreed dog and mutt are selected, and the winner is declared from those two. Peanut won the judges over because of his smile.
This year's runner-up, the pedigree, was Sweepee a Chihuahua from Encino, Calif.
No doubt last year's winner, Walle, a mutt from Chico, Calif., can relate to all of the attention Peanut is about to receive.