Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We Have A Winner The Most Ugliest Dog

Ugly Dog Contest Winner Named

HIGHLAND, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- RASCAL was proclaimed the Ugliest Dog, taking the top prize at the annual event held during the "Citrus Harvest Festival" in the San Bernardino county area outside of Los Angeles. Rascal was featured in a fundraiser fashion show for "Guide Dogs of the Desert" the day before, so it was ironic that he was the ugliest dog the next day.

Rascal, owned by actor DANE ANDREW of Sunnyvale, Calif., is no stranger to being called Ugliest Dog. He is the 1st and only dog in history to hold 5 current ugly dog titles from different contests. Rascal was first named World's Ugliest Dog in 2002, and is now a "Ring of Champions" title holder. He is current winner of The Oldest Ugly Dog Contest in Fort Bragg, Calif., Regal Cinemas "Hotel for Dogs" Ugly Dog Contest, Author Tim Downs' Ugly Dog Contest, and may be headed for the Guinness record books like his grandfather, Chi Chi, who won 8 World Titles.

Rascal has stared in several horror movies, "The Adventures of Scanky Doo" and will market his patented leash line to raise money for animal charities.

Rascal is a very healthy 7-lb. purebred Chinese Crested who is a rescue descendent of Lady Pink and world-renowned Chi Chi, "The World's Ugliest Dog," Never shaven, he is naturally and completely hairless except for his Mohawk and a little hair on his tail and feet. He is complete with warts and freckles. Having a lack of teeth, he can't keep his tongue in his mouth and his face appears crooked at times. "People call him a Space Alien, Einstein, Phyllis Diller, Bat Dog, or 'Hairless Potter,' but to us he is our loving little family member," said Andrew.

Rascal is Ugly Dog Royalty, being from a dynasty of ugly, with his mom, grandmother, and grandfather, all who have held the title of "The World's Ugliest Dog." Rascal's grandfather "Chi Chi" is in the Guinness Book of World Records for winning the most ugly dog contests with 8 ugly dog wins. Chi Chi may be the only dog along with Rascal's Mom "Mai Tai" and now Rascal to have received a Mayoral proclamation, 4 total.

Rascal was named official Fire Dog of Station #1 in Newark, Calif.

Rascal received an Honorary Doctorate in Animal Magnetism from SSU in California.

Rascal was present at actor Dane Andrew's (his master) star dedication on May 5th, 2007 on the "Walk of Fame" Palm Springs, Calif., which Rascal's family considers his as well.

Rascal has a cartoon strip and documentary film on the way, both called "The Ugliest Dog." He has collected blankets for animal victims of hurricane Katrina, and has Rascal's Christmas for Kids.

With TV/film cameos, Rascal will use his new fame for good, continuing to help animals everywhere.

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