With his tongue always on the side, “Mr. Happy Face” does its name justice. But this dog is more than joy, conquering with his attributes a jury in California that this Friday crowned him as “The Ugliest Dog in the World”
The 17-year-old Chinese Crested disputed the prize with nine other competitors in the return of the contest that for decades has been held at the Sonora-Marin fairheld annually in Petaluma, California.
Among the candidates was the furry “Wild Thing”, the flirty “Liberace”, the pug “Jinny Lu”, and “Mono”a Brussels griffon.
“Mr. Happy Face” has a white plume and short ears. It was his joy that captivated his guardian, Jeneda Benally, who adopted him last year during the pandemic.
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When Benally arrived at the kennel in Arizona, he heard about an elderly puppy with some health problems. “The staff tried to prepare me for what I was about to see“, recounted Benally in the introduction of “Mr. Happy Face” for the contest.
“I saw a creature that was actually old, needed another chance and deserved love,” summarizes Benally, who also tells how this puppy also faced a life of “abuse and neglect.”