From “World’s Ugliest Dog” to National Hero – An Amazing True Story That Will Make You Cry

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Is Mugly so cute he's ugly, or so ugly he's cute? Photo: facebook.com/ugly.mugly

Is Mugly so cute he’s ugly, or so ugly he’s cute? Photo: facebook.com/ugly.mugly

The story of Mugly is one that teaches us something we sometimes forget: that real beauty is on the inside.

Mugly, a British dog, has overcome abandonment and ridicule to become a therapy dog for children, the disabled, and others who are in need of unconditional love and affection – just like Mugly himself once was. And this month, Mugly was honored with the National award of “Most Heroic Hound”.

A sad beginning

Mugly was abandoned at three days old, because of his ugly appearance, according to The Telegraph. But Mugly caught a lucky break when he was rescued.

Mugly was abandoned at three days old, because of his ugly appearance

As he grew, Mugly became known for his “ugliness” (he is a Chinese crested dog with a particularly unique face).

A young Mugly. Photo: Facebook.com/ugly.mugly

A young Mugly. Photo: Facebook.com/ugly.mugly

In 2005, he was named Britain’s Ugliest Dog. And in 2012, he took the world title, becoming World’s Ugliest Dog.

What many people may not know, is that in 2010, he became a registered therapy dog. Over the past 6 years, Mugly has been helping children and grown-ups with disabilities, Mugly’s owner, Bev Nicholson, told BuzzFeed news. Mugly seems to understand that all people need to be loved.

Bev recall a particular instance: “One little girl asked, ‘Has Mugly got special needs?’” to which Bev replied “‘Sort of,’ and she [the little girl] skipped off saying, ‘Me too!’…I later found out that she rarely speaks at all and doesn’t interact with people very well. She is autistic…”, she told BuzzFeed.

Ugly and adorable at the same time! Photo: facebook.com/ugly.mugly

Ugly and adorable at the same time! Photo: Facebook.com/ugly.mugly

Mugly visits libraries where children come to visit him, and he is a participant of the Paws and Read program, where children who are reluctant readers can read to him, which helps them overcome.

…children who are reluctant readers can read to him, which helps them overcome.

Mugly loves all beings and is a loving, compassionate dog. Photo: facebook.com/ugly.mugly

Mugly loves all beings and is a loving, compassionate dog. Photo: Facebook.com/ugly.mugly

Now, this month, Mugly has won the Heroic Hound Award at the National Pet Show!

“At PDSA we are very lucky to see first-hand, the amazing impact that pets have on people’s lives and the Heroic Hounds Awards allow us the chance to celebrate some of those truly incredible stories.” said Paul Manktelow, Principal Vet for the PDSA on the pet show’s website.

Say what you will, but Mugly has serious fashion sense. Photo: facebook.com/ugly.mugly

Say what you will, but Mugly has serious fashion sense. Photo: facebook.com/ugly.mugly

Mugly has shown that no matter what your circumstances in life, or what difficulties you’ve had to face, you can overcome them to be something great and do incredible things for the world. Mugly triumphed from abandonment and ridicule to become a National Hero. Mugly has been on T.V., too! He’s appeared on Mutt Ugly, Ronnie’s Animal Crackers, and A Different Breed.

You can find out more about Mugly on his Facebook page and his website.

For general information about therapy pets, visit Therapy Dogs, Inc. on their website or Facebook page.

Mugly deserves all the awards! Photo: facebook.com/ugly.mugly

Mugly deserves all the awards! Photo: facebook.com/ugly.mugly

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