The late Miss Ellie, 2009 Ugliest Dog Runner-Up Winner

We’ve been so lucky to be a part of the Dog Blog world.  When we received an email from the OWNER of Miss Ellie, last year’s Ugliest Dog Conest Runner-Up Winner, we couldn’t believe it.  Literally.  We watch the Ugliest Dog Contest every year, and became to know all about Miss Ellie.  We were sad when we learned she passed away at the end of May, but we were excited to learn that her Mission still continues, and they’ve allowed us to spread the word!

If you don’t follow the Contest, and are not familiar with the famous Miss Ellie, read more below to learn more about her, and her Cause:

Miss Ellie was a runner up in the Ugliest Dog Contest and became quite famous last year.  Her pictures were in papers worldwide (more so then the actual winner).

Alot of it had to do with the fact she was doing it for a cause, to raise money for her local shelter.

She also gained fame when she tried to win the nationwide Cutest Dog Competition.  She was a weekly winner and recieved more votes then any other weekly finalist. There were over 50,000 dogs entered and 12 weekly winners.  She was trying to win 1 million dollars for the animal shelter.  She did not advance to the final four to win the grand prize.  But her efforts brought incredible awareness and support for rescue dogs and the humane society.

Last year her owner and her raised over $30,000 for their local humane society.

She was featured on Animal Planet’s DOGS 101, on billboards, and her home town even named a day after her.

This year was to be her last year in the contest since she was almost 17 years old..

She just passed away.. possible stroke and as the vet said.. she was just old…

Her owner is determined to carry on her legacy and is vowing to raise 1 million dollars for the local shelter to build a new shelter.  The current one was built in the early 70’s to house 1,000 animals per year, and currently they take in over 5,000!  With the ecomonic problems they are bound to see more! They are a full service shelter for the 4-5 surrounding towns and take in everything, including cruelty case animals and livestock.  More kennels means more animals can be held for adoption! They are in dire need of a new building.

Dawn Goehring, Miss Ellie’s owner, owns 14 rescue dogs total and has spent the last 8 years using her dogs as advocates for shelter animals.  They do school shows, pet therapy, commercial work, and have been performers at a family theater called The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN.  They do over 500 shows a year.  They are active in promoting a positive, fun, relationship with your pet.  They also teach pet responsibility and bite prevention at the schools.

Dawn would love to see people come together to help the animals.  With so much publicity about where donated dollars go, people can rest assured that ever dollar donated to this cause will go directly towards building a new building.  Even if it is just a dollar, every bit helps.  Miss Ellie was a face that people remembered and her work will never be forgotten.  This is about helping animals, even if it isn’t your community, you can still be part of something big and important in saving animal’s lives.

Go to to find out more.

Thank you, Dawn.  Thank you for allowing us to spread the word about Miss Ellie’s Mission, and enlisting us to help meet your goal.  We hope with our help, and with the donations from our readers, we can fully meet the goal and surpass it!

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R.I.P. Miss Ellie.


Pabst Egstad, 2009 World’s Ugliest Dog Champion

This past weekend was the 21st Annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.  With his distinct under bite and smooshy face is what helped him claim this year’s title, and bring about the biggest upset in seven years.  In the past, the Chinese Crested breed has reined the chair of ugliest dogs, but Pabst came in as an underdog with his under bite and stole the show!

Pabst, a boxer-mix who’s owner, Miles Egstad, rescued from a shelter in Citrus Heights, CA, three years ago, and got his name for his “bitter beer face.”  He took home a total of $2,600 in prize money after winning all three categories, Mutt Class, Pedigree Class, and World’s Ugliest Dog, a table full of collars, leashes, bowls, and other doggie supplies, and a year-long modeling contract, signed with a paw.

I don’t know about you, he may have the title of ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’, but I think he’s pretty darn cute.