A dog who was dubbed Britain’s ‘ugliest dog’ has passed away at the age of 16 years.
Chase looked different than other dogs due to his birth defects. He had a ‘crablike walk’, no teeth, and a milky-blue colored eye which turned so after a cataract.
The Chinese-crested mix also had no fur except for some long hair on his head.
Owing to his appearance, the unfortunate dog was the second runner-up in 2017 California’s World’s Ugliest Dog Competition.
Chase’s owner Storm Shayler says the dog, who was suffering from pancreatitis, died peacefully at home.
“He was beautiful inside. Chase was a one-of-a-kind dog,” Storm, from Neath in South Wales, told WalesOnline in a recent interview.
“He had so much personality and I took him everywhere with me. Nothing at all ever fazed him – he loved people and people loved him.”
The owner says she was ‘gob-smacked’ when Chase won a three feet trophy at the World’s Ugliest Dog competition, adding she had never thought he would do so well.
“He lapped up all the attention on the day like a little star and loved showing himself off,” Storm remembered. “He might not have won first prize, but he was always a winner in my eyes.
“He just loved his life so much. He was an absolute joy for the eight years I had him. I was with him when he died – I just cuddled him and he slipped away peacefully.
“He had an amazing life but I am going to miss him beyond words.”
Chase was diagnosed with pancreatitis shortly before his death.
The disease was revealed when Storm took the dog to a vet after he started refusing to eat or drink and his weight fell drastically.
Storm said: “Even though Chase was poorly he never looked like he was giving up. The day before he died I took him for a walk up a mountain.
“But then he just took a turn for the worse. I am just so glad he is not suffering anymore.
“I will miss him so much – he was a small dog with the biggest personality. No one will ever replace Chase; he really was one of a kind.”
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