We are saddened to hear the news that Elwood the 2007 winner of the World's Ugliest Dog title, died unexpectedly on Thanksgiving morning at the age of eight.
The chihuahua and Chinese crested mix initially was deemed by his breeder to be so "ugly" he was nearly put down, according to his guardian, Karen Quigley from Sewell, NJ.
Recognizing this angel's radiance come from within, Quigley adopted the small pooch.
However Elwood's distinctive looks, hairless except for a tuft on his head and a tongue that was permanently out on one side, became an asset when he won his crown at the 2007 ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair in California a year after he had finished second.
After his win Elwood quickly gained fans, who called him Yoda or E.T., and was even the main character in a children's book called "Everyone Loves Elwood."
"When this 'angel' boy came into my life, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of homeless and abused animals everywhere," shares Quigley. "Elwood has traveled extensively… appearing at over 200 events raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for innumerable rescue groups and non-profit animal organizations."