And the winner is…

June 25, 2017

Congratulations to Martha and her handler, Shirley Zindler, on winning the 2017 Petaluma Ugly Dog contest.  Martha is a 125 pound Neapolitan Mastiff who calls nearby Sebastopol home when she isn’t strutting her stuff on the runway.

Martha’s chief qualifications are her droopy face, tremendous jowls, and window-rattling snore.  She was a rescue, nearly blind from neglect but has regained her sight following several surgeries.

For her win of the annual competition, Martha will take home $1,500, a flashy trophy and a trip to New York for media appearances.  I’m sure she would much rather have a soft pillow and a thick steak.

The Petaluma Ugliest Dog Contest has been an annual event since 1970 and draws entrants from all over the world.  This year’s third place winner, Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, came all the way from Neath, United Kingdom .

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