Chase, the Chinese-crested, dubbed Britain’s Ugliest dog in 2017, died peacefully at age 16.
By, 26 Mar 2019
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Chase started out as a rescue dog from a puppy farm. He crossed paths with his owner Storm Shayler, from Neath in South Wales, when he was 8 years old. And it was apparently a match made in heaven. The duo both had a taste for adventure, which lead them to compete in the Ugliest Dog Competition in 2017. Due to Chase’s advanced age, he had one white-ish eye, no teeth, and a crab-like walk. Yet, with all of that going for him, he was only second runner-up in the competition. He was still a winner in Storm’s eyes though, and became famous world-wide for his not-so-good looks.
Small dog, big attitude
Storm describes her pooch as a small dog with a mismatched BIG personality. He would bark at her when he wanted to be fed, was not afraid of anything or anyone, and even loved to go out and about with his person. In fact, they were hiking up a mountain just the day before he passed. Although he was a tough cookie, he also loved to cuddle and get lots of attention.
A sweet soul who will be dearly missed
Sadly, with age, Chase developed pancreatitis, which caused him to lose his appetite, and the poor boy quickly took a turn for the worse.
But right up until the end, Storm says Chase never lost his sparkle: “Even though Chase was poorly, he never looked like he was giving up,” Storm told WalesOnline. “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.”
Dogs break our hearts only one time, the day they leave us. Our thoughts are with Chase’s mum, and we hope that little Chase is running around, chasing butterflies and barking at bigger dogs somewhere in doggy heaven. We know at least he will never be forgotten: “No one will ever replace Chase; he really was one of a kind.”