Petaluma Puts on An Ugly Dog Contest, and Elaine Hibbs' Mutt, Snuffy, Wins It Paws Down
"He is ugly," says Elaine proudly of her pet, who is a bizarre mix of Pomeranian, Pekingese and Chihuahua. Because of a hormone deficiency, most of Snuffy's hair has fallen out, revealing a pink, brown and black mottled body. His hind legs bow and his front ones turn in. His bug eyes water, his jaw is underslung and—pee-yew—Snuffy's aroma is unmistakably dog.
Nor is Snuffy's ugliness skin-deep. "He's afraid of mice and birds and ducks," says Elaine. "He bumps into things all the time. And he sleeps all day and scratches all night." Nonetheless, Elaine—who also has another dog, 27 fish, 11 ducks and a hermit crab—tenderly wraps Snuffy in his own pink blanket and snuggles him in her arms. "He used to be really pretty," she says nostalgically. "He looked like a small deer when he had hair, and he used to stand on his hind legs and dance in a circle."