Scamp Is The New Champ
Can’t believe that such titles exist? Well yes, this 31-year-old annual competition not only celebrates less-than-adorable dogs but also seeks to raise awareness about dog rescues and adoption shelters. The World's Ugliest Dog competition, held on 21st June 2019 at Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, honoured Scamp the Tramp with the main title.
His owner Yvonne Morones, won approximately ₹1 Lakh in cash and received the same amount to donate to an animal shelter. She also received a life-sized dog trophy. “He’s Scamp the Champ and no longer Scamp the Tramp,” Morones told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. She also added that her dog's "great personality" made him the winner of the show.
The roadside dog, originally from California roamed on the streets licking food wrappers. He was rescued by Morones in 2014 after she spotted him on Pet Finder. During a conversation, she told the media that when she first saw the ‘not-so-charming’ pup, she instantly fell in love with him. Scamp outstood his 18 counterparts in the competition. Scamp is not the first one. Ms Morones has a knack for picking unusual dogs. She owns two winners in the Ugliest Dog Contest, Nana and Munchkin. Other than these, the pet lover also has four Chihuahuas.
Scamp, who has been the last year’s runner-up has a mix of black and grey dishevelled hair that developed into natural dreadlocks down his back. He has a round body with legs as tiny as the little finger.
The second place went to Wild Thang, a Pekingese breed pup with shaggy hair and beady eyes. The dog belonged to Ann Lewis of Los Angeles. The third place was bagged by Tostito, a Chihuahua with damaged ears and a dangling tongue. In the previous year, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old English bulldog, bagged the first position, beating out 13 contender dogs.
Story By: Anshika Seth, Intern at FHM India Magazine