A 1.8 pound mutt from California took the
23rd annual World's Ugliest Dog ® Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma
tonight, taking the title from a field of 29 contestants of questionable beauty.
The packed crowd settled on Yoda in the mutt round and she quickly sailed past
the Ring of Champions to win.
Her owner, Terry Devine Schumacher, is from Hanford, California, and said
the dog was found by her daughter in a field when she was two, "I told her
to put it down because I thought it was a rat." However they soon learned
otherwise and the dog has been in the family now for 14 years.
Her irregular features, scruffy fur, especially between her toes and tiny
stance made her a crowd favorite. Favorites coming into the contest were
Icky, Cuda, Handsome Hector, Ratdog.
The Sonoma-Marin Fair allowed the audience a vote this year via text (ala
American Idol) and Yoda quickly skyrocketed to the top of the text voting.
The judges concurred and a new winner was named.
Yoda wins a trophy 15 times her size and $1,000 as this year's winner. She
also receives a photo shoot with Kira Stackhouse of Nuena Photography and a
pampered overnight stay in the luxurious Loft Suite at the Sheraton Sonoma
County. In addition, most dogs enjoy fame as the World's Ugliest Dog ®,
hitting the talk show circuit and become a star at local dog events.