Even uglier than Spuds McKenzie

Sam_1Which brave dog-food marketer will step forward and feature Sam, the world’s ugliest dog, in a commercial? The 14-year-old pedigreed Chinese crested, seen here chewing on a rear paw (click on the image to enlarge it, if you dare), won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in June, for the third straight year. His owner, Susie Lockheed (who, funnily enough, runs a beauty salon in Santa Barbara, Calif.), tells the Los Angeles Times that she wasn’t easily persuaded to take Sam home after his pet-adoption agency deemed him unadoptable. But she did. “He didn’t look so good then, but he’s looking worse now,” Lockheed says. Yet Sam just might fit in well with your other talent on set. Says Lockheed: “Even though he’s unattractive, he expects to be treated like royalty.”

—Posted by Tim Nudd