The Way The World's Ugliest Dog Helps Disabled People Is Heartwarming!

Mugly, a 12 year old Superdog, once won the accolade for being the World’s Ugliest Dog, back in 2012. He has now won the award for being a Hero for helping adults and disabled children and serving as a therapy dog and.


Mugly, the Chinese Crested dog, has been serving as a voluntary therapy dog for the last 6 years. Since then he has been participating in reading programs for people with learning challenges and physical disabilities. He was a part of a British organisation, Therapy Dogs Nationwide where he won the won the ‘Most Heroic Hound’ award. The ceremony was held at the SuperDogs awards in the National Pet Show, London.


When he was only 3 days old, he was abandoned by his breeder and grew up to be an ugly dog. The US panel of judges awarded him as the World’s Ugliest Dog in 2012. He received fame for the same in 2005 in Britain.
Despite being considered as ugly, he regularly visited children at their schools, as part of the Read to Dogs scheme. This scheme was an initiative to encourage leaders and boast their confidence and make then get rid of their stage fright. He is also a part of a project which helps children not be afraid of animals and feel comfortable with them. Since 2010, he has been helping people and has been known as the Rescue Dog.


Bev Nicholson, the owner says, “He amazes me with his ability to know exactly how to be when he meets people. With a blind person, he stands completely still and lets them explore him; or when someone is upset, he pushes his body into them for comfort.”
The American Kennel Club mentions about Chinese crested dog that it is “a toy dog, fine-boned, elegant and graceful. The distinct varieties are born in the same litter. The Hairles with hair only on the head, tail and feet and the Powderpuff, completely covered with hair. The breed serves as a loving companion, playful and entertaining.”
Mugly even starred on many TV shows like, Ronnie’s Animal Crackers (BBC1), Mutt Ugly (Ch5) and A Different Breed (Sky1).
Nicholson said, “He is a bit like Marmite, some people love him and other people don’t. Older people want a big fluffy dog to hug, not Mugly,”
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