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While the world is reeling from the news that Paul Walker died over the weekend, a South Jersey family’s grief hit a little closer to home.

Karen Quigley said goodbye to Elwood, her well-loved but very ugly dog. The Chinese Crested-Chihuahua mix died in his owner’s arms on Thanksgiving morning. They say all dogs go to heaven, right?

"The best part was he did not suffer," Quigley said. "I couldn’t be more proud that people who haven’t met him loved him…I couldn’t be more proud."

Beloved Ugly Dog Elwood Died

Elwood was only 2 when he first began turning heads with his unique looks. In 2007, he was named the World’s Ugliest Dog at the annual competition held in Petaluma, California at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

"He’s very confident in his looks," Quigley said. The dog’s life lesson, according to his owner, is that "you don’t have to be perfect to be special."


Quigley does not know the dog’s cause of death, only that he had fallen ill a short time ago. 

"For a little dog, he touched a lot of lives in his short time. He did a lot of things."