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World's ugliest dog named Quasi Modo gets a makeover on Jimmy Kimmel Live

  • Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left him hunchbacked, is the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest

  • Quasi Modo was transformed into a 'cross between Honey Boo Boo and a Hooker,' according to Jimmy Kimmel

  • Carson Kressley of Queer Eye For The Straight Guy took the dog to a spa and to Ruff Lauren to primp

  • The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and his owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, organizers said

  • They said he bested 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection

  • Two Chinese crested and Chihuahua mixes named Sweepee Rambo and Frodo took the second- and third-place prizes, respectively

By Alexandra Klausner For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

 

Published: 21:11 EST, 2 July 2015 | Updated: 06:35 EST, 3 July 2015

A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo who won the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California last week is unrecognizable after getting a Hollywood makeover on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Jimmy hired Carson Kressley of the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to make the pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix with a hunchback to become a blonde bombshell on Thursday on ABC.

Quasi Modo started her day of pampering at a spa where she was given a massage and a manicure plus pedicure.

Drab to fab: Jimmy Kimmel described Quasi Modo's new look as a cross between 'Honey Boo Boo and a Hooker' when seeing her new look on Thursday

Big winner! A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, was the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest

New do: Quasi Modo tried on several different wigs until finding the right fit for her pudgy face

Dress up doggy: Quasi Modo looks darling in this blue dress and is ready for a beach rager with her rockstar look on the right

Hot little number: Quasi Modo's hunchback is hidden in this flirty pink dress which perfectly matches her pink nails and pink bow. She looks elegant in a string of pearls

 

'We wanted to accentuate her long legs which I felt were her best feature,' said Carson.

When Quasi's Modo's owners were asked if they would maintain the dog's new look they replied, '"it looks something high maintenance but we'll give it a try.'

 

Quasi Modo looks like a whole new dog when compared to the way she appeared at an ugly contest last week.

The dog and her owner took the $1,500 prize last Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection, organizers said.

 

Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida, according to her biography posted on the contest's website.

First place: The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and his owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection, organizers said

Taken in: Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida, according to her biography posted on the contest's website

 

'My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or Tasmanian devil) but once they get to know me I win them over with my bubbly personality,' her biography said.

 

Quasi Modo 'epitomized excellence in ugliness,' KRON quoted chief judge Brian Sobel as saying.

 

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 27th year.

 

The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.

She’s Been Named The ‘World’s Ugliest Dog,’ But We Think She’s Beautiful

06/27/2015 09:13 am ET | Updated Jun 27, 2016

Hilary Hanson Editor, The Huffington Post

If you have to be ugly, you might as well be the best at it.

A 10-year old, hunchbacked, mixed breed dog named “Quasi Modo” was awarded first place at the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition on Friday, according to a press release for the Petaluma, California, event. Quasi, whose short spine makes her resemble a hyena, “epitomized excellence in ugliness” Chief Judge Brian Sobel said. The designation won $1,500 for her owner.

This wasn’t Quasi’s first rodeo. Last year, the spunky Florida pup won second place, losing out to small, wild-eyed dog named Peanut.

Quasi’s pageant bio says that despite the multiple birth defects that contribute to her odd appearance, she is a happy dog who loves to run and play. She also works as an “ambassador for teaching people about acceptance and tolerance for things that are different,” according to the bio.

Veterinarian Virginia Sayre and her husband, Mike Carroll, adopted Quasi from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control about nine years ago, according to a Palm Beach County press release.

The lovable dog “gets along well with everybody,” but sometimes other people are alarmed by her appearance, Sayre told The Palm Beach Post last year.

“People who love dogs get her, but I’ve had grown men jump on top of a truck to get away from her. They don’t know what to make of her,” Sayre said.

Though the press release and the Associated Press both initially identified Quasi as male, the dog is female, Andrian Guthrie, who worked at Palm Beach County Animal Care when Quasi lived there, told The Huffington Post in an email.

Event spokeswoman Karen Spencer confirmed that the press release made an error and that the dog is female.

If you can’t get enough of Quasi, you can keep up with her adventures on her Facebook page.

This story has been updated from Associated Press copy.

World’s Ugliest Dog Pageant 2015

Meet the World's Ugliest Dog contestants

Samantha Nelson , USA TODAY

 

World's Ugliest Dog Contestants

Meet the contestants of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest taking place on June 24, 2016. Chelsea Land, USA TODAY

Quasi Modo is presented with a first place prize and trophy after winning the World's Ugliest Dog competition in 2015.

 

Everyone loves a cute dog,  but what about the canines in the not-so-fortunate looks department?

 

Each year, the World's Ugliest Dog Contest seeks out a different kind of winner: the world's ugliest dog. The contest which takes place at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., looks to celebrate the "homely hounds and the humans who love them."

 

“We’re proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great add to any family.” said Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in a statement.

 

The 28th annual 2016 World's Ugliest Dog Contest will take place on June 24.

 

The winner of the "World's Ugliest Dog" title will receive $1,500 and a trophy. There will also be titles and cash awards for the runner-up and the third-place winner.

 

A special award called the "Spirit Award" will go to the dog and owner based on the obstacles they have overcome or what services they have provided for their community, according to the contest's application.

 

Deformed mutt is crowned World's Ugliest Dog

Last year's top winner was Quasi Modo, a friendly dog whose appearance fits her name. According to an article in The Guardian, Quasi Modo was born with a birth defect called short spine syndrome that left her with a hunched back and unable to move her head.

Quasi Modo and her family are returning for their third year in the show.

 

The event will include a "Fashion Faux Paws Fashion Show" and a "Beauty and the Beast Walk" which features Miss Sonoma County court walking adoptable rescue dogs down the catwalk. The homely contestants and their owners will be featured in exhibition booths at the fair's Dog Lover's Festival earlier that day.

 

Hosting the event is Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch, better known as "Bob and Sheri," from the popular radio show on The Mix. Judges for the event include Indra Petersons, weather anchor and meteorologist for ABC News, and Neil Gottlieb, business owner and a contestant on the latest season of Survivor.

World's Ugliest Dog award goes to hunchbacked mutt Quasi Modo

Pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner take home $1,500 as Precious the Chihuahua wins ‘spirit award’ for services to community

Quasi Modo appears with Solnoma-Marin Fair CEO Sarah Cummings, left, owner Virginia Sayre and Fair Board President Dominic Grossi in Petulama, Califormia, 26 June 2015. Photograph: Sonoma-Marin County Fair/EPA

 

Associated Press in Petaluma, California

 

Saturday 27 June 2015 16.32 EDT

 

A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked, is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

 

The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix and her owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection, organizers said.

 

Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida, according to her biography posted on the contest’s website.

 

“My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or Tasmanian devil) but once they get to know me I win them over with my bubbly personality,” her biography said.

Sweepee Rambo, a Chinese crested, is presented to judges during the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

 

Two Chinese crested and Chihuahua mixes named Sweepee Rambo and Frodo took the second- and third-place prizes, respectively.

An 8-year-old Chihuahua named Precious received the “spirit award”, honoring a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles and/or are providing service to the community. Precious, who is blind in one eye, is trained to monitor smells related to low blood sugar levels and alert her owner, a disabled veteran, of the problem, her biography said.

 

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 27th year.

 

The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.

Quasi Modo, this year’s winner, seen during the Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest 2015. Photograph: Sam Wolson/Barcroft USA

Karen Spencer, marketing director for the Sonoma-Marin Fair, said she was notified Friday night by Quasi Modo’s owner that the world’s newly crowned ugliest dog is a she, and not a he.

Meet the world's ugliest dog

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

 

 (CNN) — Quasi Modo, a short-spined mixed-breed dog from Florida, was named the world's ugliest dog Friday for epitomizing "excellence in ugliness."

The 10-year-old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix won the dubious title from a pool of 27 underdogs at the annual World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

 

The judges score the dogs on first impressions, unusual attributes, natural ugliness, personality and audience impression, according to the event's website.

 

"We aren't interested in lineage; it's the inner beauty and personality that shine in our World's Ugliest Dog contest," said Karen Spencer, marketing director for Sonoma-Marin Fair, which organizes the event.

 

The first runner-up was Sweepee Rambo, a Chinese crested Chihuahua, who takes pride in her soft freckled skin and blond mohawk. The second runner-up was Frodo, a 12½-year-old Chinese crested hairless-Chihuahua mix from Sparks, Nevada, who loves to be bossy, according to his official bio.

 

Because many of the homely hounds, including this year's ugliest, come from shelters and puppy mills, the contest aims to encourage adoption of dogs regardless of their physical shortcomings.

 

Quasi Modo's owner found her at an animal shelter, according to her biography on the contest's website.

 

"Luckily, one of the veterinarians there saw the sparkle in my eyes and took me home," the bio says.

 

She has multiple birth defects to her spine, and her back is too short for the rest of her body.

 

"In spite of this I still run, play and enjoy life to the fullest."

 

Grown-ups have mistaken her for a hyena or Tasmanian devil and jumped on their cars to get away, "but once they get to know me I win them over with my bubbly personality," the bio says.

 

"I have become a great ambassador for teaching people about acceptance and tolerance for things that are different. You should never judge a book by its cover! Just because an animal or person looks different doesn't mean they're any less deserving of love."

 

This was her second year in the contest after her debut in 2014, when her owners brought her to the contest during their honeymoon.

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