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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY THIS WEEKEND

Sat., January 10: Elwood, the World’s Ugliest Dog of 2007, will be a special guest at the Ocean City Humane Society,1 Shelter Rd., off Bay and Tennesse Ave., from noon till 2 p.m.

The Society, a no-kill Shelter, has decided to celebrate all of its animals’ birthdays on Saturday as they wait patiently for adoption. Grown-ups, children and their pets are all invited. Visitors may take photos.

Elwood, a Chinese Crested Chihuahua mixed breed, lives in Sewell, N.J. Jersey with his care-giver, Karen Quigley. Most of the World’s Ugliest Dog winners have been of Elwood’s breed, “distinguished by exaggerated traits like a Mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue.”

The information below supplements our first report to you about Elwood.

ELWOOD, THE WORLD’S UGLIEST AND PERHAPS LUCKIEST DOG

When Elwood was born, his breeder decided that he was too ugly to sell and was about to put him to sleep. Luckily, he was rescued and held at a temporary home for nine months. The New Jersey SPCA then attempted to find the pooch a permanent residence. Luckily animal advocate and author, Karen Quigley of Sewell, learned about Elwood.

“It was love at first sight,” recalls Karen, who has rescued eight other dogs that now keep Elwood company.

One of Karen’s friends met Elwood and suggested that she enter her pet in the annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, CA. Karen agreed when she learned the message of the contest is “There are no ugly dogs, all are wonderful regardless of what they look like.”

On his first try, Elwood captured runner-up status. In 2007 he trotted away with all of the biscuits and became the World’s Ugliest Dog. Since then Elwood has appeared world –wide on CNN, the View, Weekend Today and in media in England, Ireland, Chile and Spain to mention a few.

Perhaps the ultimate honor will come on April 18 when Elwood is featured as an honorary Grand Marshal of Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade that also includes over 500 basset hounds.

“Elwood represents all that love is about,” says Karen.

“He won the contest not because of his looks but because of his loveable personality.”

Elwood has used his fame to help homeless animals get lucky, too. He and Karen spread the message to adopt from shelters like the Ocean City Humane Society and to spay and neuter their pets.

Photos of Elwood available at www.loveelwood.com.