World's Ugliest Dog Dies at 14

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sam, the tiny dog whose hairless body and crooked teeth earned him a reputation as the World's Ugliest Dog, died Friday, just short of his 15th birthday, said his owner Susie Lockheed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051123/ap_on_fe_st/obit_ugliest_dog;_ylt=ApGf55qeclDNMFEbXlitiOIDW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl [Broken]

"I don't think there'll ever be another Sam," Susie Lockheed said, adding: "Some people would think that's a good thing."
Lockheed said she initially was terrified of Sam when she agreed to take him in as a rescue dog six years ago on a 48-hour trial basis. Although she fell in love with him, his (Sam) appearance repulsed her then-boyfriend and prompted the man to break up with her.!!!!
Good thing she did not marry that guy! What a jerk! :grumpy:

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That dog looks like a deep fried rat. I might have left her too.
 
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"Worlds ugliest dog soon to be much uglier" would make a better headline.
 
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Or how about "World's ugliest dog scares worms"
 
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I'm glad he found someone who loved him as much as she did. What a blessing it is to have eyes that go beyond skin deep...tho at first I'm sure even she needed sun glasses.:cool:
 
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Of course the real surprise was the autopsy which revealed that Sam was a cat.
 
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A dog even ONJ wouldn't love...
 
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ONJ's Noble Steed said:
A dog even ONJ wouldn't love...
Olivia Newton John?
 
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I always wondered whether the dog was even healthy (I've seen pictures of it before when it has won those world's ugliest dog type contests). I think it was just ugly, but there was always this little doubt in my mind that maybe it was actually a very sick dog to be so deformed looking...or maybe it was sick as a puppy, but better as an adult.
 
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matthyaouw said:
"Worlds ugliest dog soon to be much uglier" would make a better headline.
Apparently, that news source takes honesty very seriously and does not sensationalize stories. That headline would've been simply false!
 
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I always wondered whether the dog was even healthy (I've seen pictures of it before when it has won those world's ugliest dog type contests). I think it was just ugly, but there was always this little doubt in my mind that maybe it was actually a very sick dog to be so deformed looking...or maybe it was sick as a puppy, but better as an adult.
It certainly looks very sick to me. But as a biologist, I imagine you'd know better.
 
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I agree with you there, Moonbear. He also appears blind in that picture. Or is that just the light catching his eyes when the picture was taken? But, yes, not a well-looking animal at all.

But I'll bet he was loveable as all get out.
 
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In the picture, Sam is almost 15 years old. Many dogs are almost blind at that age (assuming they live that long - that is a long time for a dog), and many cats as they get to 16, 17 or 18 yrs, have similarly poor eyesight.

Canine longevity - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/541778.stm
 
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I agree with you there, Moonbear. He also appears blind in that picture. Or is that just the light catching his eyes when the picture was taken? But, yes, not a well-looking animal at all.
But I'll bet he was loveable as all get out.
Hey, it's about time you started posting here! :biggrin:

Yes, he looks blind in those pictures (bad cataracts perhaps?), and with teeth like that, he probably would have had a lot of trouble eating...though the soft, canned dog food can pretty much be swallowed whole...I guess that's what he had to eat. I doubt he could have chewed anything more substantial. Sometimes I think pet owners' judgement is clouded by their own selfishness to keep around a pet they are attached to rather than to put it down when it really isn't healthy.
 
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Sometimes I think pet owners' judgement is clouded by their own selfishness to keep around a pet they are attached to rather than to put it down when it really isn't healthy.
Ok, so if your kid ever gets really sick, make sure to dial 1-800-KEVORKIAN.
 
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Ahh come on now let's be nice :rolleyes:. That dog probably had a heart of gold.. after all he did meet Donald Trump :tongue2:.
 

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