The 2022 world’s ugliest dog award goes to 17-year-old Mr Happy Face

After a close competition, a 17-year-old rescue dog named Mr Happy Face has been named the world’s ugliest dog.

Mr Happy Face, a Chinese crested Chihuahua mix, won the annual title at the 2022 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California on Friday.

According to the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds and Event Center’s websitethe dog’s owner, Janeda Banelly, adopted Mr Happy Face from an Arizona shelter in August 2021.

“When I arrived at the shelter, I asked to see one particular dog who, luckily for me, had just been adopted,” Banelly said. “I asked if there were any other dogs that looked like this one. There was, in fact, another dog that was much older and had health issues and I was told that ‘He might be inbred because he was so ugly.

Despite the warnings, Banelly said all she saw was a dog that was ‘really old, needed a second chance and deserved to be loved’, and decided to adopt Mr. Happy Face, who had just of a hoarder’s house and which had been neglected and abused in the past.

The adoption was not without concern, however, as Banelly said her vet warned her that the 17-year-old rescue, who suffered from tumors and other health issues, may not live more than a year. month.

Yet she only remembered him as “the happiest creature that [she] had never met”.

“He approached me and chose me. I swore that day that he would be loved so much that he would never remember how awful his previous life had been,” he said. she said, “Mom’s love, kindness and kisses helped him defy the anticipated short life we ​​all expected of him with our family.”

Mr Happy Face wins the ugliest dog in the world award

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As for Mr Happy Face winning the title of world’s ugliest dog for 2022, Banelly said Today it was an “honor”. She also said the victory is a good reminder to others that old dogs need love too.

“I believe this humble soul is also an example, in a subtle way, to help humans realize that even old dogs need love and a family too,” Banelly said.

Mr Happy Face was rescued in August 2021

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The annual contest, which saw Mr Happy Face beat runner-up Wild Thang to win the $1,500 prize, often features dogs adopted from shelters or rescued from puppy mills, according to Todaywith the contest’s press release noting that, “Since the ’70s, the contest has been a testament that not all dogs have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man’s (or woman’s) best friend. woman)”.

The contest was canceled in 2021 and 2020, however, the 2019 World’s Ugliest Dog title went to Scamp the Tramp, an unspecified dog breed found wandering the streets of Compton.