Britain’s ugliest dog ‘Chase’ dies aged 16 as heartbroken owner says Chinese-crested mix with no teeth, cataract and crab-like walk was ‘one of a kind’
- The Chinese-crested mix dog died following a battle with pancreatitis
- He had lived with his owner in South Wales but traveled all over the world
- He had previously come third in the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition in the US
Published: 07:57 EDT, 26 March 2019 | Updated: 09:55 EDT, 26 March 2019
Britain’s ugliest dog who had no teeth and a crab like-walk has died following a battle with pancreatitis.
Chase, a hairless dog, whose heartbroken owner described as being ‘beautiful inside’ died peacefully at home at the ripe old age of 16.
His owner Storm Shayler had originally rescued him from a puppy farm and said he was a ‘one of a kind dog’.
Storm, 50, said: ‘He had so much personality and I took him everywhere with me.
Chase the dog (left) had originally been rescued from a puppy farm by his owner Storm Shayler (pictured right with Chase)
Chase (pictured above) had been suffering with pancreatitis, but his owner said he had died peacefully
‘Nothing at all ever fazed him – he loved people and people loved him.’
Chinese-crested mix Chase lived with his owner Storm in South Wales and had come third in the world ugly dog competition in California in 2017 for his cataract in one eye and his crab like walk.
Storm said: ‘When I sent in a photograph and entered him in the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition I never imagined he would win a prize but I was gobsmacked when he came third and won a 3ft trophy!
‘He lapped up all the attention on the day like a little star and loved showing himself off. He might not have won first prize but he was always a winner in my eyes.
Chase (pictured above) was described as a ‘one of a kind’ and an absolute joy by his owner Storm
‘He just loved his life so much. He was an absolute joy for the eight years I had him. I was with him when he died – I just cuddled him and he slipped away peacefully. He had an amazing life but I am going to miss him beyond words.’
Storm believes ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ and Chase even attended a wedding with her as her plus one.
Storm said: ‘He loved to boss me around and he’d bark or whinge when he wanted his dinner. But he loved cuddles too. Even at the end he didn’t lose his sparkle.
‘He just lost a lot of weight and he wouldn’t drink or eat so the vet ran lots of blood tests and scans and eventually discovered it was pancreatitis.
Storm (pictured above with Chase) nursed him through his illness and he died in her arms
‘Even though Chase was poorly he never looked like he was giving up. The day before he died I took him for a walk up a mountain.
‘But then he just took a turn for the worse. I am just so glad he is not suffering anymore. ‘
Chase won third place in the World’s Ugliest Dog competition in 2017 held in Petaluma, California.
The winner of the ugly dog competition was three year old Neapolitan Mastiff Martha, whose family got £1,055, a trophy and a trip to New York.
Second place went to Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix, who was the oldest dog in the competition.
Storm said: ‘I will miss him so much – he was a small dog with the biggest personality. No one will ever replace Chase; he really was one of a kind.’