Elwood, World’s Ugliest Dog, Dies

RIP, Elwood.

The beloved Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix that became nationally known after winning the 2007 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has died. Elwood was 8.

“The best part was he did not suffer, he was in my arms and with me,” Elwood’s owner, Karen Quigley, told CNN. “I couldn’t be more proud that people who haven’t met him loved him … I couldn’t be more proud.”

Quigley rescued Elwood when he was 9-months-old. The breeder was going to euthanize the Chihuahua mix because she thought he was too ugly to sell.

Elwood was just 2-years-old when people started to notice his distinctive face–most notably the fact that his tongue was always outside of his mouth. “He just doesn’t have any teeth on the left side of his mouth, so there’s nothing to keep his tongue in there. It never goes in. It’s out all the time,” said Quigley. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda or E.T. because of his resemblance to the famous science-fiction characters.

“He’s very confident in his looks,” Quigley said. “He thinks he’s very handsome.”

We agree, Elwood, we agree.

See more photos of Elwood through the years below:

Who’s the World’s Ugliest Dog?

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Leave it to People Pets to always score the exclusive interviews with the world’s biggest celebrities! Meet Walle, the newly-crowned World’s Ugliest Dog!

A beagle/basset/boxer mix named Walle ran off with the top prize at Friday’s 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, the marquee event at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.

The 4-year-old dog’s unusually large head, hump back, and duck-like waddle – courtesy of extremely short legs – all helped him nab the coveted title, which includes $1,500 and a trophy.

Did we mention he runs sideways?

The dog’s owner, Tammie Barbee, a hairdresser from Chico, Calif., adopted the pooch four years ago from a friend whose dog had a litter of puppies – puppies who all picked on Walle, the epitome of a runt.

“His head has always been bigger than his body,” Barbee told PEOPLE. “Whenever people walk up to him they’re always like, ‘That dog is not right.’”

Comments like that prompted her to enter the annual contest, minutes before closing time on Friday, even though she doesn’t really think he’s unpleasant to look at.

“He’s an amazing dog,” said the mother of three. “I feel like he’s one of my kids. I don’t feel like he’s any different.”

The show’s judges saw something special and selected the mutt from 29 other canine contenders, many of whom were Chinese cresteds, a contest favorite. Last year’s winner was a British import, an 8-year-old Chinese crested named Mugly.

Whatever this winner lacks in looks, he makes up for in character. “He has a big personality,” Barbee added. “He wants to please people.”

You know what? We think Walle’s actually a rather handsome devil.