'The World's Ugliest Dog' has died just 9 days after securing her title
English Bulldog Zsa Zsa died only nine days after being crowned World’s Ugliest Dog. She was 9 years old, according to her owner, Megan Brainard.
The dog won the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest that takes place in San Francisco Bay area. The program is organized to raise awareness about dog adoption. Brianard told NBC’s the Today Show that her family was still reeling with the loss.
In the 30th installment of the program, Zsa Zsa won the program for her crooked teeth, floppy tongue hanging out of her mouth, and pink manicure. She received a prize of $1,500 as a winner. She won ahead of a terrier with dreadlocks named Scamp.
Zsa Zsa’s hanging tongue was a result of a huge underbite and crooked upper teeth, which made it difficult for her to keep her tongue in her mouth.
Zsa Zsa, the World's Ugliest Dog, has died just 9 days after securing her titlehttps://t.co/YssJ8vdoYt— TIME (@TIME) July 10, 2018
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Brainard also told that she drove for 30 hours from her home in Anoka, Minnesota to reach to the competition and give her dog the opportunity to participate.
I am heartbroken. I just found out #ZsaZsa the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, passed away in her sleep. To me, she was one of the loveliest, sweetest, most beautiful dogs I’ve ever met. You were loved sweet Zsa Zsa. You were loved. @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/CcBwRSsPwq— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) July 11, 2018
Zsa Zsa was also an adopted dog who was rescued from a puppy mill. Brainard found her on PetFinder.com. She was named after the Hollywood icon, Zsa Zsa Gabor.
After earning a name for herself in the program, Zsa Zsa also faced the spotlight when Brainard brought her on the Today show.
“She knew she was special,” Brainard said, speaking about how her dog was taking the win. “She never really showed much excitement but yes, she was definitely living it up after she won.”
Following her demise, the family held a farewell ceremony in her memory in their own backyard. “We take millions of pictures in my family, so now we have her face everywhere to remind us of her,” Brainard stated.