Clearly people in California do not read my blog.  How many times have I complained about an annual contest that takes place in Petaluma?  And yet it was held again this past weekend.  It’s the World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

This year saw a winner who drove over 30 hours to get there – an Enligh Bulldog named Zsa Zsa.  She has a tongue hanging out that could drag on the floor.  And her conformation – well let’s just say that she does not meet the breed standard.  She was supposedly rescued from a puppy mill.  And that’s the good news.  And the fact that she has found a loving home.

But I don’t REALLY relish the thought of people making fun of these dogs.  And I REALLY don’t like the name of the contest.  Because the word “ugly” has such a negative connotation.  She’s not UGLY.  She’s uniquely beautiful.  In her own way.   Humans would hopefully never have an “Ugliest Baby contest.”   So why are we canines subjected to this?

It’s all in how you look at things in life.  Just because something doesn’t fit the “norm” doesn’t mean it’s less “valuable” or unattractive.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Zsa Zsa doesn’t think she looks “different.”  And the love she shares with her human is no less than the love shared by a Best in Show winner. 

I’m sure Zsa Zsa’s human loves her very much …but what message are we sending about being “different”?  Yeah, yeah – I know we are “just dogs.”  But it does make one think…

The one good thing about this contest is the fact that the winner gets $1500.  Well, the winner’s HUMAN gets the cash.  We HOPE the human spends the money on Zsa ZSa.  You can get a LOT of dog toys and treats for $1500.  

Today,  take a minute to look at the world in a positive way.  Instead of seeing a cloudy day and complaining about rain, be grateful you don’t have a drought.  And instead of seeing a hot day as sticky and sweltering, try to think about shoveling snow.   Look for the BEAUTY around you – and sometimes you will find it in the most unlikely ways and in the most unlikely places.

Have a good one.  Peace and paws up.
Seizure free days:  36

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