One of our reporters, Ed Attanasio, recently entered his Chihuahua mix named Ratdog in the 23rd annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, held June 24th at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.
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The first prize was $1,000, which comes with the coveted Ugly Trophy and a year-round modeling contract from House of Dog (which also comes with another $1,000!).
Unfortunately for Ratdog, there was one canine deemed even uglier than Ratdog. A real dog from Sacramento, California named Yoda. Ratdog finished 2nd in the Mutt Division, which was a nice performance by this 14-year-old deaf and toothless rescue mutt.
Pictures of Ed and his dog appeared in newspapers worldwide and were interviewed for television news organizations from the U.S., Germany, Israel, Japan and the UK, among others.