Sam, the three time champion of the Sonoma-Marin Fair ugly dog contest, also won the DogExplorer.com World’s Ugliest Dog contest, on November 16, 2005, just two days before his death at the age of 14.
The contest, judged by readers of DogExplorer.com, ran from October 6, 2005, through November 15, 2005.
A clear leader in a pack of six ugly dogs, Sam took this final prize in the first contest open to entrants from around the world and voted on by members of the public. Sam was a Chinese Crested dog.
“While we are saddened at DogExplorer.com at the loss of Sam, we are honored to have known him and had him as a participant,” said the publisher of DogExplorer.com, Craig Schmitman. “Sam owed his very life to Susie Lockheed, who fostered and then adopted him when no one else dared,” Schmitman added. “In turn, Sam brought Susie untold joy and a fianc