Yoda, a Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix, had a unique face that only a mother could love. Said mother, Schumacher, found Yoda behind an apartment building – and initially mistook the abandoned pooch for a rat. But with Schumacher's love and support, Yoda avenged herself, winning the (not very) coveted title of World's Ugliest Dog in the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest last year. (As well as $1,000, and a trophy that dwarfed her in size.) Schumacher reported after the win that friends had told her for years to enter Yoda in the contest, but still insisted that Yoda wasn't ugly – "she's cute!"
Although Yoda is no longer with us in body, she'll continue her Ugliest Dog reign in spirit. Contest producer Vicki DeArmon told AP that Yoda will retain her crown until a new W.U.D. is crowned this coming June. Our condolences to Schumacher – and best of luck to the 2012 contestants (and any mirrors nearby).