'Britain's Ugliest Dog', Chase, Has Died Aged 16
A pooch dubbed 'Britain's ugliest dog' has died aged 16, his owner has said.
Chase - a Chinese-crested mix - was the second runner-up in California's World's Ugliest Dog Competition back in 2017.
The unusual looking dog had a cataract making one eye appear a milky-blue colour and no teeth as well as a 'crablike walk'.
His owner Storm Shayler, from Neath in South Wales, said Chase, who was mostly fur-less except for some long hair on the top of his head, died peacefully at home of pancreatitis.
Speaking to WalesOnline, Storm said: "He was beautiful inside. Chase was a one-of-a-kind dog.
"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."
Storm says she never imagined her beloved pooch would do so well in the World's Ugliest Dog competition saying she was 'gob-smacked' when he came in third and won a 3ft-tall trophy.
"He lapped up all the attention on the day like a little star and loved showing himself off," she 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."
Storm said her fur-baby loved cuddles and would bark at her to tell her off when he wanted to be fed.
Sadly, Chase recently began to lose weight and refused to eat or drink, so Storm took him to the vets where a blood test confirmed he had pancreatitis.
Storm added: "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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