November 12, 2008 by



Categories: Misc.

gus.jpgGus had three legs, one eye, few teeth, little hair and a face only a mother could love. But he caused a worldwide sensation when he won the 20th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest last summer.
The pink and black Chinese crested was neglected as a pup; his previous owner kept him crate-bound inside a dark garage. When the Teed family of Gulfport, Fla., learned of his living conditions, they adopted him as one of their own.
Chinese crested dogs do not originate from China. The breed actually hails from the Crest Haven Kennel in America. These canines come in two varieties: Hairless and Powderpuff, but hairlessness is the dominant trait.
Gus, however, was no powderpuff. A skin tumor cost him his left hind leg, and a fight with a feline took his left eye. Despite these infirmities, his favorite activities included lounging on the couch, growling at the cat that scratched his eye out and eating pizza and french fries.
Twelve dogs vied for the title of the World’s Ugliest Dog last June, but Gus took the top prize in the contest, a hugely popular event at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. He won two trophies and $1,600 in prize money, which Jeanenne Teed used to pay for his skin cancer treatment.
“I have never really thought of him as ugly, and even now, looking at the videos, I feel like he must have bamboozled the judges,” Teed said.
Winning the contest put Gus squarely in the public eye. He made numerous media appearances, including “The Early Show” on CBS, “The Today Show” on NBC and “The Howard Stern Show.” Animal Planet plans to air footage of Gus next October.
When the cancer wrapped around Gus’ spine and began pressing against his abdomen, his family knew the end was near. Gus was euthanized on Nov. 10 at the age of 9. The Teeds buried him in their backyard and covered his grave with a Butterfly bush with golden flowers.

2 Responses to Gus

  1. eve

    I’m glad this poor darling found a loving home. In my mind, there’s no such thing as an “ugly” dog – or any other animal, for that matter. To gaze at their loving little faces, all i see is beauty and love.
    Rest in peace at the Rainbow Bridge, little Gus xox

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