And now, something really special:
Behold Sam, the winner and champion of the Ugliest Dog in the World contest.
[From the dog's owner's website:]
Sam...."World's Ugliest Dog" 2003, 2004, 2005! Sam is a purebred, yes that's right, a purebred Chinese Crested Hairless. He's almost 15 years old and was taken in as a rescue over five years ago by Susie Lockheed. He was considered "un-adoptable" by local shelters. Susie took him in on a 48-hour trial period. During that time he lived in a cage because he acted like "Cujo" the rabid dog. Susie had to shove food and water into the cage and run. The 48-hour trial became several days, and then Sam just walked out of the cage and became one of the pack (other hairless dogs who found harbour in Susie's domain).
The LA Times did an extensive story on Sam here, and you may wish to check out Sam's blog, which is easier to get to with all the traffic.
(Thanks to JM for pulling this report together.)