News

The World’s Ugliest Dog has died

1

She was ugly. Man, was she ugly. Yoda had a face only an adopted mother — and a panel of judges — could love.

With patches of wild, coarse fur, oversized ears, and a permanently stuck-out tongue, the lovably disheveled Yoda won over judges for the 23rd annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest at last year’s Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Last weekend, at her home in the Central Valley, Yoda’s owner found the 15-year-old Chihuahua-Chinese crested mix dead of natural causes.

Owner Terry Schumacher shared the bad news this weekend via e-mail:

“Say a prayer today 4 my YODA… She passed away last night in her sleep. I will miss her funny little ways! Her memories will live on forever!!!”

Yoda took home a $1,000 prize at the 2011 Sonoma-Marin Fair, appeared on CNN, ABC, and got a makeover courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel show.

All the attention hopefully made Yoda happy in her final years to make up for a difficult start in life. Yoda’s owner Schumacher first adopted her after mistaking her for a rat crawling behind an apartment building.

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as assistant professor at San Francisco State University.

Storm delays South Bay toll lanes

Previous article

Fleeting shapes in the sand at Ocean Beach

Next article

You may also like

More in News