Pondering the Winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest (who is actually, pretty cute)

This morning I'm glancing around the world of news and I see a rather cute photo of a dog, those little face with a big tongue caught my eye because he was kind of cute (even though I'm not a fan of Beagles or Basset Hounds and he looked like a mixture of both). 

Then I saw the headline;  apparently this little guy was the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, held annually in California.



How can that be?  I've seen past winners (hairless, scrawny, truly ugly creatures.  Is this a joke?  A mistake?  Were the judges blind?

So I went to read;

A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner Friday at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

Walle (WAHL-ee), a 4-year-old mutt from Chico, Calif., who was entered at the last minute, was judged most unsightly of 30 dogs at the Northern California competition.

"This dog looked like he's been photo-shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals," judge Brian Sobel said.


Then I saw this picture of the little guy....

It's his cute little duck feet!!!

Yes, he does rather look like someone photo-shopped feet onto another body, onto another head.

Now I get it.

I think his little splat duck feet won it for him.  But to be honest, I still think he's too cute to win.