Peanut hasn’t had the best luck in his two years of roaming the earth. Luckily, things are finally looking up for the little guy.
The shelter rescue dog of unknown breed (he’s suspected of being a Chihuahua-Shitzu mix) was the victim of animal abuse. If that wasn’t bad enough, Peanut was also burned in a fire where he lost his lips and eyelids. How sad is that? But after spending nine long months in an animal shelter, good news finally reached his scraggly ears. Holly Chandler from North Carolina wanted to adopt him and things have just gone uphill from there.
Over the weekend, dear Peanut was named the “World’s Ugliest Dog” and, yes, it’s a good thing. He beat out 29 other unconventional-looking dogs in the California-held contest for the top prize of a four-foot trophy and, more importantly, $1,500.
“He’s my baby. I guess I don’t see him every day as being that ugly. But I guess the judges thought so,” Chandler said.
According to the Associated Press, she plans on using the winnings to pay for his veterinary bills and wants to use Peanut as the poster child for what can happen to animals who are abused.
Now, if that’s not a great ending to this
tail tale, we don’t know what is.
Want to get a closer look at Peanut and his competition? Check them out in the slideshow below!
The story of the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ has a very happy ending
Peanut and his ownerHolly Chandler and Peanut travelled from North Carolina to the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California and it was all worth it. Look at their winning smiles.AP Photo/George Nikitin
The winning PeanutHere's two-year-old Peanut in all his glory.AP Photo/George Nikitin
Chinese Crested IckyIcky, a Chinese Crested, doesn't look too happy in his owner's arms.AP Photo/George Nikitin
Quasi ModoQuasi Modo, an eight-year-old mixed breed from Florida, is probably the scariest contestant of the bunch.AP Photo/George Nikitin
ZoomerZoomer is another Chinese Crested contestant. Here he is kissing his owner Linda Elmquist. Personally, we think his rocker hair is pretty badass.AP Photo/George Nikitin
Chinese Crested JosieJosie's outfit looks like it's perfect for Mardi Gras, don't you think?AP Photo/George Nikitin
SweePee RamboSweePee Rambo, a Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix, wanted a better view of her competition. Of course SweePee's owner lent her a hand.AP Photo/George Nikitin
Chinese Pug GrovieWe don't know about you, but Grovie, an 11-year-old Chinese Pug, looks pretty cute to us. No wonder he didn't win.AP Photo/George Nikitin