Canine Crowned World’s Ugliest Dog in 2007 Dies
A New Jersey dog that was crowned the world’s ugliest dog in 2007 and afterwards became the topic of a children’s book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8.
His owner, Karen Quigley, states the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died all of a sudden Thanksgiving morning. The Sewell resident said Elwood had been coping with some heath issues in recent months but looked to be doing well.
Elwood was dark colored and hairless – save for a puff of white fur resembling a Mohawk on his head. He was frequently referred to by fans as Yoda, or E.T., for his similarity to those popular science-fiction characters.
Elwood earned his crown at the annual ugly dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in California a year after he had finished second.
Quigley had rescued Elwood in 2005, when he was about 9 months old.
Here’s Elwood and “Elwood’s Mom” minutes after Elwood was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin fair in Petaluma, CA on June 22, 2007:
“The breeder was going to euthanize him because she thought he was too ugly to sell,” Quigley has explained.
After attaining the ugly dog title, Elwood became an online darling and created a worldwide fan base. Throughout his life, he made an appearance at over 200 events that helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for animal rescue groups and nonprofit animal organizations.
Influenced by her pet, Quigley wrote “Everyone Loves Elwood,” a famous children’s book that promoted a message that it’s OK to be different. Quigley said the book shares lessons of love, empathy and determination and encourages readers to be kind to animals.
“He made people smile, he made them laugh and feel good. It was wonderful,” Quigley explained Saturday. “He will truly be missed.”