Fetched the ugly stick 1,000 too many times

Is that his face? Uh-oh. Elwood is ugly through and through, but his owner is nonetheless $1,000 richer for the appearance-challenged pooch. AP Photo

SONOMA, Calif. — Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested and
Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world's ugliest dog Friday, a
distinction that delighted the New Jersey mutt's owners.

Elwood, dark colored and hairless — save for a mohawk-like puff
of white fur on his head — is often referred to as "Yoda,'' or
"ET,'' for his resemblance to those famous science fiction

"I think he's the cutest thing that ever lived,'' said Elwood's
owner, Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, N.J.

Quigley brought Elwood out to compete for the second year at the
annual ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair. Elwood
placed second last year.

Most of the competing canines were also Chinese Crested, a breed
that features a mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue.

Quigley said she rescued Elwood two years ago.

"The breeder was going to euthanize him because she thought he was too ugly to
sell,'' said Quigley.

"So ha ha, now Elwood's all over the Internet and people love
him and adore him.''

Beyond the regal title of ugliest dog, Elwood also earned a
$1,000 reward for his owner.

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