U-G-L-Y, Josie ain’t got no alibi. She’s ugly.
Even still, her owner admits, she’s probably not unattractive enough to be named World’s Ugliest Dog in the 2015 anti-beauty pageant at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, on June 26.
“I don’t think she’ll ever win because she has some cuteness,” says Linda Elmquist, a nurse, who adopted the Xoloitzcuintli-Chihuahua-poodle mix after fostering her.
This will be Josie’s fourth bid to be named top ugly dog. She came in third two years ago.
Elmquist — who partners with another woman to run Southwest Hairless Rescue, part of local rescue group Saving Animals From Euthanasia — loves the annual event. It gives her a chance to catch up with fellow owners who’ve become friends while Josie laps up the attention, handing out pawtographs to fans. This year, Tucson will be well represented because a rescue Xoloitzcuintli named Bubbers and his owner, Jacque Howell, will also make the trip, says Elmquist, who has eight pooches at home.
Google “Josie World’s Ugliest Dog” and see how much pops up. Dog’s got nearly as much pub as a Kardashian.
Seeing as how Josie is a dog and can’t talk — and if she could, we doubt we’d understand her anyway with that long ol’ tongue — we asked Elmquist five quick questions about Josie and the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.
What have you done
“She’s pretty ugly naturally. I don’t do anything to make her more ugly. This year, I have a really pretty gold collar with her name, so she’s got some bling going on. I’ll paint her toenails.”
“I will paint her toes either pink or red. She’s not crazy for that. It’s a two-person job. I have to have somebody hold her foot.”
It doesn’t offend you to call your dog ugly?
“For me the whole thing of calling dogs ugly is sort of silly because beauty is very, very subjective. If you go to the contest, the main thing you come away with is the ugliest dogs are just awesome. You end up saying, ‘Oh what a beautiful dog.’ It’s just a fun thing. It shows you don’t have to have a beautiful dog to have a wonderful dog.”
What made you fall in love with Josie?
“I just liked her personality. I love her look with her little fuzzy hair and tubular body. She had been in a cage — she was being used as a breeder. When she came to me, that was her first time out of a cage. I got to see her evolve. She was just really special to me.”
What’s up with her tongue?
“All hairless animals have weird teeth, it’s either the shape or they’re missing. She was born without any teeth on the right side, so her tongue grew out long.”