Nobody’s perfect, right? Every year in California the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center in Petaluma. Meet this year’s winner, Scamp The Tramp who beat out 18 other dogs. With no teeth and crazy hair, the little tramp made his way to the top, winning a massive trophy for himself and his owner, Yvonne along with $1,500. Way to go, Scamp, no wonder why you’re a champ!
Scamp’s owner, Yvonne said she rescued him literally at the “last hour” in an animal shelter in Los Angeles. She saw pictures of Scamp on Petfinder in 2014 and could not resist bringing him home. Yvonne reported to CNN that, “I ran across Scamp’s photo, and it was just like Tinder for dogs. I swiped right and fell in love with that face. … He rode home with me in the car, and all the way he sat next to me.” On their way home, Scamp was jamming out to Bob Marley’s song, “One Love” and Yvonne knew that they were meant to be.
Yvonne also said that the meaning behind Scamp’s name is a homage to her grandmother who warned her not to take the “hobos” and “tramps” on the streets. She could not pass up the opportunity to rescue Scamp, let’s face it… look at the good boy! When Scamp isn’t modeling and winning trophies, he is a therapy dog. He has been spreading love and licks at the Sebastopol Senior Center for almost seven years now. Also, he volunteers weekly to listen to first graders read stories. Scamp also represents the Humane Society of Sonoma County in a kissing booth at events and greeting passengers at the Sonoma County Airport. How cute is that?
Way to go Scamp the Tramp!
It seems that Scamp’s win was meant to be. In 2018, Scamp was the runner-up for World’s Ugliest Dog. Previously, Yvonne also had two former winners of the contest. There was Nana, a small dog with wire-like gray hair around the face and down her chest. Her other winner, Munchkin, was short, round, and covered with wild hair that stuck out on top of her back. Yvonne said, “We really believe our dogs are beautiful. I looked at the competition, and I go, ‘That dog’s going to win.’ I’ve called the winner every year. I didn’t think we had a chance at all.”
Even though he is the winner of the 2019 World’s Ugliest Dog, he is incredibly adorable! As they all say, beauty comes from within, and Scamp is a handsome little guy. Now Scamp deserves a treat for being such a good boy. Congratulations on the win, champ!