Miss Ellie won the pedigree category of the 2009 World’s Ugliest Dog Competition, but sadly she has now passed away. Chinese Crested dogs have a long and illustrious history of winning ugly dog contests, as the 2008 competition was also won by a Chinese Crested when Gus won the main event.
Miss Ellie wasn’t just about being an ugly dog however, as she campaigned to raise awareness for rescue dogs and to raise money for their care. Miss Ellie herself was a rescue dog, as she had been abandoned at the age of 7. She was rescued by her owner Dawn Goehring and given a new home with Dawn’s 13 dogs, all rescue dogs.
Miss Ellie planned to compete in this year’s contest for the World’s Ugliest Dog, being held in California’s Petaluma at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, and her absence will be a big miss for the competition.
As part of her fundraising efforts, Miss Ellie was the mascot behind the bid to raise $1 million in aide of the Sevier County Humane Society. The money was to be used to build a new animal shelter for rescue dogs. The shelter currently being used houses around 5,000 animals each year, even though it had only been designed to house 1,000.
Miss Ellie was 17 years old when she died.