What kind of pet owner enters their dog in this contest?
I hate to stomp on the fun here but that dog is obviously super old. It has cataracts and probably can't see a thing. The snopes site reads it also has lung, kidney and heart problems and won't live much longer. Yet this pet owner Susie Lockheed, even though she says she loves and babies him, will drag him to a contest and plop him on a table hoping to repulse the judges.
I agree with Rich. I can't believe that this lady is capitalizing on the mis-fortunes of this poor wretched animal. It should be put out of it's misery. What's she gonna for an encore? Head to the nursing home to look for the worlds ugliest human? See what kind of fame that will pull in?
1st...I agree with not capitalizing on the dog. I think the whole dog show/pure bred thing is insane anyway. Best In Show isn't too far from the truth.
But I'm a huge dog lover and there's no way for us to know if the dog is suffering, per se. Snopes makes no references to his life expectancy, but at 14 years his days are certainly numbered. He may be ill but if the woman truly loves and cares for him he may still have a good quality of life. If he's still active, (for a 14 year old) has no problems eating and drinking and vets determine that he's likely not in pain then euthenasia isn't called for yet. Animals know when their time has come and the first big red flag is when they stop eating.
All that being said, I really hope this isn't a case of the owner not knowing when to let go.
No, but one would think that after reading this you'd see my point.
"Unfortunately, Sam is suffering from a number of age-related ailments (congestive heart failure, lung and kidney problems) and will probably make no more public appearances, so he may have to cede his "World's Ugliest Dog" crown in next year's competition."
Yes...he's obviously ill but that doesn't mean he should be put down. We had the mother of one of our current dogs for almost 16 years. The last 5 years or so she was battling cancer. She had several operations spread out over that time and each time more tumors were found we really asked ourselves if we were just holding on for us.
But Mony was a very happy dog the entire time. It was only the last 6 months or so that she couldn't get up on our high bed by herself. Before that, after one operation we were a little worried we might have made the wrong decision because she had a harder time with the procedure. But later on that day she hopped right up on the bed like nothing had happened. (we really didn't want her to because of the stitches...but she was fine). She slowed down considerably but she was always excited to see us and go for walks and all the fun and typical things dogs do. It wasn't until she began having siezures after a confrontation with an unleashed dog that we began to realize that it was time. But her quality of life to that point was great. We miss her.