Meet Mugly, a 12-year-old Chinese Crested dog awarded back in 2005 as "Britain's Ugliest Dog." In 2012, he was awarded the "World's Ugliest Dog." Sounds like some pretty harsh titles, but Mugly isn't really ugly at all. He's actually incredibly adorable and his heart is so beautiful he practically glows!
In fact, Mugly is changing the world for the better, and as a result he was recently awarded with a much more gratifying title than 'ugliest dog.'
Mugly dedicates his time to working with children and adults with disabilities. He frequently travels to libraries where children from local schools come to read books to him as part of the "Paws and Read" program in Peterborough.
Mugly's work has made a huge impact on people young and old. Mugly's owner, 53-year-old Bev Nicholson, shared one story in particular with BuzzFeed News, "One little girl asked, 'Has Mugly got special needs?' I replied, 'Sort of,' and she skipped off saying, 'Me too!'"
"The next time we saw her she came straight over, called him 'My Mugly' and [hugged] him tightly. I later found out that she rarely speaks at all and doesn't interact with people very well. She is autistic. Her time with Mugly was precious to her family and staff, and definitely for her."
As a result of Mugly's many good deeds he was granted the "Most Heroic Hound" award this month.
Mugly's proud mum agrees the award was "definitely a perfect accolade for the joy he brings others."
Another instance of Mugly's power to heal can be seen through his time with an older gentleman who was both blind and deaf. Nicholson shares, "When he first met Mugly he explored every inch of him, even smelling him. He [became] animated and [told] stories of his memories as a small child before he lost his sight, remembering his naughty family dog. [They were] buried memories from over 40 years [ago]."
Nicholson said, "Him winning 'World's Ugliest Dog 2012' was great fun, but the Heroic Hound award means so much more."