2019’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest winner is lovingly known as ‘fuzzy watermelon’

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Petaluma, California (PRWEB) — A pup named Scamp the Tramp was crowned the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest® on June 22 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

Scamp The Tramp is the 2019 World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest Winner, courtesy of Will Bucquoy Photography and the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

“Scamp defines ugly with cute, winning all of our hearts,” ssaid long-time returning judge and NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders.

Scamp poses for the camera, all ready for his closeup.

Many of the contest entrants seemed to show there are no ugly dogs, just some dogs waiting for others to discover their inner beauty.

Scamp the Tramp was rescued by his fur mommy, Yvonne Morones, back in 2014. This is a story of an online swipe right and love at first sight. Yvonne discovered Scamp on Pet Finder and immediately melted. It was near his last hour when she pulled in and saved his life.

“It was on the way home that I knew I made the right choice,” said Morones. “There we were, two strangers in a car on the way home to a new start. Bob Marley was playing ‘One Love’ and I looked over and little Scamp was bobbing his head. It was like he knew he had found his forever home.”

Scamp’s prize includes a very large trophy, $1,500, and a donated prize match, which will be split between the Humane Society of Sonoma County, Angels Fund and Compassion Without Borders.

Scamp receiving trophy
Scamp received a trophy larger than him.

Scamp competed against 18 other dogs, most of whom were also adopted and/or rescued.

According to Scamp’s bio: “Scamp visits Sebastopol Senior Center, bringing his wagging tail & instant smiles. The seniors like to guess what kind of dog he is and write stories about him. Scamp is also a reading dog volunteering weekly listening to first graders read stories to him. His favorite book is Go Dog Go. He crawls in the kid’s laps to listen, and they call him a fuzzy watermelon. Scamp represents the Humane Society of Sonoma County in the kissing booth greeting the public at all their outreach events promoting shelter adoptions. Scamp is also a loving uncle to dozens of shelter foster kittens, letting them play in his fur and giving them baths.”

The red carpet runners up included 2nd Place winner Wild Thang, owned by Ann Lewis and 3rd Place winner Tostito (who also won the Spirit Award), owned by Molly Horgan. This year’s People’s Choice Award went to Meatloaf, owned by Denae Pruner.

Wild Thang is a 3-year old Pekingese from Los Angeles. This is his second time entering in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. After thousands of dollars in vet bills, Wild Thang survived distemper. However, distemper affects the musculature and nervous system, so his tongue has limited movement from slight paralysis in the jaw and one of his front legs paddles 24/7, even when sleeping. Other than that, Wild Thang is totally healthy, and loves to play, eat and socialize with people and friends. According to his owner, his purpose in life is to help educate humans on how important it is to vaccinate their four-legged friends.
Tostito’s owner said it was love at first sight, although, “I was very concerned though because he was extremely under-weight and his ears were in bad condition.” He was rescued by a shelter up north from a high kill shelter in Tennessee. Due to the lack of dental care he received and drinking dirty water, he has no teeth or lower jaw. However, he LOVES his food. His owner also related: “It has been the best experience of my life watching him go from a terrified shy dog to a spunky sassy boy! He’s thriving now and so happy. I’m a dog walker/pet sitter and he loves to help me at work! He has an amazing way of comforting other dogs when they’re anxious or upset. He doesn’t trust many people but when he does, he showers them with so much love!”

This year’s presenting sponsor, Amica Insurance, provided the funds for the matching gift to support non-profits important to the contestant winners.

Black and white dog
Another Ugly Dog contestant works his magic on the contest judges.

Below are some more photos of entrants, courtesy of https://www.sonoma-marinfair.org/:

For more information and photos please visit Sonoma-MarinFair.org.

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