We all know the perception of beauty is subjective. Thus why they say . . . "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and "love is blind." And who do we love more than our dogs? Hello -- I'd say no one. So what's a little underbite, a cock-eyed grin or a disheveled 'do'?
Pabst (seen above) is the winner of the 2009 World's Ugliest Dog Contest recently held in California. And I gotta tell you, I don't think he's ugly. I prefer to call him "unique". And clearly he is or he wouldn't have won the contest. And while humans who consider themselves "flawed" might be inclined to go the route of cosmetic surgery, this clearly isn't in Pabst's future. As a matter of fact, when his owner looks at him all he sees is one thing . . . a one-of-a-kind, sweet, loveable, loyal companion . . . with an underbite.
Then there's Miss Ellie, the "top dog" in the pedigree group. I have to say I don't think she's ugly either. Rather she's got style, she got's sass and she could probably kick your A**!!! And for those who didn't see the competition, she was damn sure everyone was going to know her place in the standings. (See photo)
So while I happen to believe both Pabst and Miss Ellie are stunning creatures in their own right, I'll leave you with much greater words of wisdom than my own.
"Good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean,
Needs not the painted flourish of your praise:
Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,
Not utter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues"
William Shakespeare, Love's Labours Lost
Famous last words . . . Touché!