Scooter, a Chinese Crested dog with a distinctive shock-headed mohawk-like hair and an ever-dangling tongue, has been crowned the world’s ugliest dog after a captivating journey from being destined for euthanasia to finding a loving home.
Rescued at the age of seven by Linda Elmquist, Scooter’s life took a heartwarming turn after he was initially brought to an animal control center in Arizona for euthanasia by a breeder. Elmquist, instantly taken by Scooter, felt compelled to adopt him, stating it was ‘love at first sight.’
With unconventional physical attributes such as reversed hind legs and a wispy grey tail, the New York Times stated that Scooter indeed stood out. Catherine Liang, one of the competition judges, fondly compared Scooter to a “hairy hippopotamus.” However, it was Scooter’s independent spirit and self-care ability that genuinely endeared him to the judges.
After scooping the title and winning a cash prize of $1,500 along with a trophy, Scooter, equipped with a wheel cart, continues to astonish everyone with his ability to balance and walk on his two front feet alone.
This inspiring story is based on an article published on malaymail.com.