You have permission to call Zsa Zsa ugly. But you also have to call the pup from Anoka, Minnesota, a champion.
The 9-year-old English bulldog out-uglied 13 other pooches at Saturday's World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. Her prizes? The tongue-in-cheek (a literal impossibility for Zsa Zsa...) title, $1,500 cash, a hot-pink trophy, and a trip to New York City to appear on The Today Show:
Among Zsa Zsa's winning traits: a tongue as long and unwieldy as Trump's neckties, a gait as wide and boxy as a dump truck, and teeth as jagged as the Black Hills.
"She is just so ugly, she’s beautiful," Zsa Zsa's owner, Megan Brainard, told the New York Times. Zsa Zsa -- who was rescued from a Missouri puppy mill five years ago -- is named after glamorous Hungarian actor Zsa Zsa Gabor, and that namesake flair was on display via pink toenails and a rhinestone collar.
Brainard thinks Zsa Zsa's charms especially impressed judges. “She was eating part of a Slim Jim on the table and just sneezed all over them and was drooling on them,” reports Brainard, who drove 30 hours to the annual competition/pet adoption fundraiser.
Congrats, Zsa Zsa! You're Minnesota's best celebrity dog since Duke, the recently retired Great Pyrenees mayor of Cormorant.