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Ugly Dog Competition Exposed In Documentary

You’ve heard of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, right?  Now you have a chance to see what the famous ugly dog competition is all about and get to know some of the dog owners who enter their dogs to win.

Seemingly a response to the 2000 movie “Best In Show,” the new documentary “Worst In Show” goes behind the scenes at the 2010 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.  It shows how the competition can get just as competitive as any other dog show and what the owners will do to get their dog crowned ugliest.  Here's last year's winner, a Boxer named Pabst:
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The documentary looks at past winners, owners and dogs competing, and the ugly dog circuit that leads to the finals in Petaluma, California.  (I had no idea there were so many people trying to win this thing that there had to be an entire circuit of preliminary competitions to eliminate contestants.)  Apparently it’s not all about the competition, though.  Owners share stories of their dogs’ rescues and how these unique dogs came to be a part of their lives. 
On Sunday, May 1, 2011, the documentary will be screened at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma.  Attendees can bring their own dogs, meet some of the dogs and owners featured in the film, and meet the documentarians John Beck and Don R. Lewis who made the film.  It sounds like it will be an interesting dog-friendly event with some emphasis on rescue.  Previous events have benefitted rescues and animal care groups, but they haven’t said if any portion of Sunday’s $10-$15 tickets will go to charity.
After seeing the trailer (below) I’m a bit curious about this film.  I’ll probably rent it, just to see how much it really is about rescue and out of curiosity about the owners.  The film’s website uses the word “obsessive” a lot, so I’m guessing there will be a fair amount of drama.  I’m just hoping “obsessive” is used for the dogs’ benefit.  Still, there seems to be at least one contestant to root for - a dog who was rescued after Hurricane Katrina whose owner is entering for the sole purpose of bringing attention to hard-to-adopt ugly dogs.
Out of all the dog owners I’ve ever met, only one has proudly called their dog ugly.  I can’t imagine trying to win an ugly dog competition with a dog that I love.  Unless the dog has an amazing story of how he acquired his odd looks and I can brag about how heroic the dog is, I can’t see myself ever doing it.  
Would you ever enter an ugly dog competition?  Do you think you’ll watch “Worst In Show”?  Head to the Facebook page and tell us what you think about it.

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