A dog, once crowned the ‘World’s Ugliest’, has scooped an award for being a hero.
Mugly, a Chinese Crested therapy dog, won the ‘Most Heroic Hound’ at the SuperDogs ceremony over the weekend and praised for the work he does with “children, people with sensory loss and the adult disabled”.
The 12-year-old dog was abandoned at three days old because of his appearance and named Britain’s Ugliest in 2005.
He was crowned World’s Ugliest in 2012 – beating 28 pets in a contest in the United States – but owner Bev Nicolson sees another side: “I just don’t see him being ugly, I see those adorable eyes that just make me melt.”
The dog has been a therapy dog since 2010 and has helped children overcome their fears of dogs and helped a deaf man “come out of his shell”.
“He has this ability to know when someone needs him, I don’t know how he does it,” she added.
However despite his many admirers, Bev admits some people aren’t so keen: “He is a bit like Marmite, some people love him and other people don’t. Older people want a big fluffy dog to hug, not Mugly.”
Life wasn’t always so easy for the winner of the 2012 World’s Ugliest Dog award. When Mugly was just 3-days-old, his breeder abandoned him at a rescue center. He had originally been bred as a pedigree Chinese Crested, unfortunately, when the hairless, wrinkled pup was born, the breeder saw no monetary value in him and decided to dump him. At that young of an age, he would have likely died from lack of nourishment from his mother, but thankfully another dog at the rescue had just recently given birth and adopted the homely little dog as one of her own.