Is Mugly the world’s ugli­est pooch?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Tara Dun­don tara.dun­don@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

WITH his brown and white hair­less skin, grey wispy whiskers and bold brown eyes, Mugly has been pipped to be­come the world’s ugli­est dog.

Fans of the six-year-old Shitzu-Chi­nese Crested cross­breed be­lieve he could win the World’s Ugli­est Dog Com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the for­mer win­ner - Miss El­lie, a pure breed Chi­nese Crested hair­less from Ten­nessee –died aged 17.

Mugly shot to fame in 2005 af­ter be­ing named in a na­tional news­pa­per com­pe­ti­tion as Bri­tain’s Ugli­est Dog.

He has al­most no hair apart from his whiskers, one eye­brow and an odd cou­ple of lit­tle tufts of hair on the top of his head, his toes and his tail.

He also has par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive skin - mean­ing he can­not be left out in the sun for too long with­out wear­ing sun­cream or one of his many T-shirts and in win­ter has to wrap up warm or his body tem­per­a­ture will drop too low.

And since Mugly’s rise to star­dom, his fans have set up his own web­site and Face­book page where he has al­most 1,000 friends. But Mugly’s owner, Bev Ni­chol­son (47), of Briar Way, East­field, Peter­bor­ough, said she won’t be trav­el­ling half­way round the world to Cal­i­for­nia to take part in the ugly dog com­pe­ti­tion. She said: “I cer­tain­ly­think he would have a chance as he is pretty ugly but en - ter­ing Brit- ain’s ugli­est dog com­pe­ti­tion was just a bit of fun and we wouldn’t travel all that way to find out if he is the world’s ugli­est dog.

“When I first got Mugly, I was told that he would prob­a­bly not sur­vive be­cause he had skin, liver and eye prob­lems but he has been fine.

“Be­cause he has no hair, you can see all of his fa­cial ex­pres­sions which brings out his cheeky char­ac­ter.

“Mugly now has his own Face­book page which we update with pic­tures and mes­sages. He has hun­dreds of friends which means tak­ing him out for a walk is a very long process as he is stopped by ev­ery­one.”

Mugly made The Evening Tele­graph head­lines in Au­gust 2009 af­ter he es­caped through an open win­dow and dis­ap­peared with­out a trace.

The dog was found later that day in Cen­tral Park af­ter be­ing as­saulted by a gang of youths.

A woman stepped in a res­cue Mugly from the gang, who were punch­ing, kick­ing and even hit­ting the de­fence­less dog with sticks and re­turned him to his owner.

Mrs Ni­chol­son said: “Mugly made a full re­cov­ery but as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, he is a lit­tle afraid of new peo­ple.

“When word spread about the at­tack, Mugly was sent cards and gifts in­clud­ing leads, bones, treats and toys from all over the world. We had so many that we had to take a box of them to Wood Green An­i­mal Shel­ter.”

TAK­ING ON THE WORLD: Mugly, Inset: Mugly with owner Bev Ni­chol­son.

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