Today, we say goodbye to a really ugly dog who was, in his way, not only beautiful but downright adorable.
Elwood, a Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, became a star in 2007 when he won the championship of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. Most would agree that the title was well-earned: Those who didn’t want to go so far as to call him ugly would at least admit that he was very strange looking. Elwood was almost completely hairless except for a white, mohawk-style strip on top of his head. He also had whiskers that stuck out at haphazard angles, and his tongue lolled out of one side of his mouth. His owner, Karen Quigley, said in 2007, “He just doesn’t have any teeth on the left side of his mouth, so there’s nothing to keep his tongue in there. It never goes in. It’s out all the time.”